Child Molestation charges are some of the most serious allegations you can face in the Rhode Island criminal justice system. Just being accused of this offense has immediate and long lasting effects on your life, your relationships, your job, and your reputation. However, the punishment that you will face from the Rhode Island Court system is severe and imposing. Recently, the Rhode Island Superior Court has imposed sentences in excess of 70 years in jail on Rhode Island Child Molestation charges. In addition to severe and lengthy jail sentences, mandatory lifetime sex offender registration is required for everyone convicted of these charges.
Early intervention in your case is vital in child molestation cases for a number of different reasons. First, without experienced representation it is possible that the prosecution or the court could seek to hold you in jail while the case proceeds through the legal system, a process that can take years in serious cases. This is referred to as being “held without bail.” Not everyone charged with child molestation in Rhode Island is held without bail on their child molestation case, but it usually takes the skilled advocacy of an experienced Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer to convince the Judge to grant bail while the case proceeds through the system.
Establishing your release while the case proceeds through the legal system provides two important benefits. First, obviously you are released and on the street. Second, because you are not behind bars it is easier to coordinate with witnesses and prepare your defense. Proper preparation of your defense takes considerable time and effort. It takes time to fully investigate and interview all witnesses, to obtain all medical and counseling records, and the prepare witnesses to testify both at preliminary hearings and your trial.
If you are facing charges of child molestation in Rhode Island, it is vital that you consult immediately with a skilled and experienced Rhode Island criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and begin preparing your defense to these extremely serious charges. Contact the Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esquire, Inc. to schedule a confidential, no fee consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone at 401-228-8271 or email [email protected]
Rhode Island Child Molestation Laws
§ 11-37-8.1 First degree child molestation sexual assault
A person is guilty of first degree child molestation sexual assault if he or she engages in sexual penetration with a person fourteen (14) years of age or under.
§ 11-37-8.3 Second degree child molestation sexual assault
A person is guilty of a second degree child molestation sexual assault if he or she engages in sexual contact with another person fourteen (14) years of age or under.