Rhode Island Child Molestation Attorney – John E. MacDonald

Rhode Island Child Molestation Attorney

Rhode Island Child Molestation AttorneyIf you are being accused or investigated for child molestation, it is crucial that you retain an experienced Rhode Island Child Molestation Attorney immediately.  Child molestation is a serious crime and even being accused of such acts can permanently damage your reputation.  The Law Office of John E. MacDonald has over 20 years of experience defending the accused.

Child Molestation Case Results

  • 4 Counts of Child Molestation – Not Guilty after Trial Client was charged with four counts of child molestation, both first and second degree, involving his biological daughter. Attorney MacDonald conducted an extensive pre-trial investigation and over 500 pages of medical records were obtained and reviewed. These medical records were helpful in forming a theory of defense as to why the allegations were made in the first place. Client rejected a substantial jail plea offer and a jury trial commenced in Providence Superior Court. After three hours of deliberation, the client was found not guilty of all counts. Client is now eligible to expunge this matter from his criminal history. John MacDonald was assisted at trial by Attorney John P. Larochelle.
  • Second Degree Child Molestation – Dismissed: Client was charged with sexually assaulting his stepdaughter. A thorough investigation of the case revealed that the charges were fabricated to force the client to leave his home. Attorney MacDonald coordinated with members from the Attorney General’s office to ensure that this information was properly reviewed and the stepdaughter re-interviewed. As a result of these efforts, all charges were dismissed.
  • Second Degree Child Molestation – Amended to a non-sex offense.: After extensive investigation and pre-trial negotiations with the Attorney General, a compromise charge was reached wherein the client would not have to register as a sex offender.

Rhode Island Child Molestation Laws

The state of Rhode Island punishes child molesters severely.  Here are some possible charges and the penalties they bare:

  • First-Degree Child Molestation Sexual AssaultFirst-degree child molestation sexual assault is defined as a person sexually penetrating a child who is 14 years old or younger.  The penalties for this crime include 25 years to life in prison.  If you do not hire an experienced Rhode Island Child Molestation Attorney, you could spend the rest of your life in a prison cell.
  • Second-Degree Child Molestation Sexual AssaultSecond-degree child molestation is defined as a person having sexual contact with a child who is 14 years old or younger, but not sexually penetrating her.  If you are found guilty, you will serve six to thirty years in prison.
  • Third-Degree Child Molestation Sexual Assault:  Third-degree sexual assault is defined as a person over the age of 18 having sex with a person who is 15 or 16 years old.  If found guilty, you can spend up to five years in prison.

Once your lengthy prison sentence is over, the penalization does not stop.  Sexual offenders are required to register as such on a public list.  Some offenders will also receive electronic monitoring via a GPS system for the rest of their life.  Don’t be plagued by these charges for the remainder of your life; contact a Rhode Island Child Molestation Attorney immediately.

Reporting Child Molestation

If you know a child is being abused, or you are a victimized child, call The Department for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) at 401-528-3502.   Your identity will be kept confidential, and DCYF will conduct an official investigation.

Aggressive Defense

Once implicated in a child molestation case, you will need a Rhode Island Child Molestation Attorney to defend your honor aggressively and protect your rights.  Do not speak to the police before consulting an attorney.  If you are innocent, you may think answering a few simple questions will vindicate you, but that is not always the case.  Call Rhode Island Child Molestation Attorney John E. MacDonald immediately at 401.421.1440 for a free legal consultation.