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Child Molestation

Accused of Child Molestation in Rhode Island?

  • Avoid jail time
  • Stay off the sex offender registry
  • Fight wrongful accusations
  • Protect your job, your reputation and your dignity
  • Stop coerced statements from being used at trial
  • Hire an experienced litigator who knows how to create reasonable doubt at trial

A Unique Approach

The moment you learn that you or a loved one is being investigated or has been arrested for child molestation, it is important to call an attorney who is experienced in these difficult cases.  The accusation alone will cause complete upheaval of your life.  The media, the community, your job and even your family can turn on you. 

Attorney Kara Hoopis Manosh has spent over 15 years litigating cases where children are the main witnesses.  She has a unique approach to these cases and has been successfully fighting child molestation allegations in every court in this state.

When this allegation is made, it feels like nobody wants to hear what you have to say. I'm listening.  Call me for a free case strategy session and learn how I will launch a defense for you.

What does the State need to prove in a child molestation case?

First Degree Child Molestation is any penetration of the vagina, anus or mouth with a child under the age of 14. 

Second Degree Child Molestation is any contact with intimate body parts, for the purposes of sexual gratification, with a person under the age of 14. 

What can happen if convicted of child molestation?

If convicted of child molestation, you are facing a significant loss of liberty.  This can come in the form of a jail sentence- first degree child molestation is punishable by up to life in prison.  Second degree child molestation is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.  But your liberty could be effected in other ways, too.  Convicted sex offenders are given risk levels and must register with the City or Town they live in.  The State of Rhode Island maintains a database of all sex offenders and publishes the names, location and case information for all level 2 and 3 offenders.  GPS monitoring can be ordered as a condition of release.  This GPS monitoring could be required for the rest of your life. There are strict rules about where you may live, and how close that address is to schools and daycares.  You are restricted in your ability to travel, or even to sleep anywhere that isn't your registered address.  

If you have been charged with child molestation, it is important to know what you are facing... but then call Attorney Manosh to focus on the fight to clear your name.  

Can child molestation charges be filed based on the child's word along?

In Rhode Island, a charge can be filed based upon the accuser's statement alone.  No additional evidence is needed for the State to file charges.  At a trial, the jury is told that they can convict based upon the accuser's statement alone, if they believe that testimony beyond a reasonable doubt.  So, yes, the child's word alone can be enough to get charged... and convicted. 

This is why it is crucial to hire a lawyer who will be prepared to prove your innocence beyond a shadow of a doubt. This is not the time to sit back and be polite. Attorney Manosh will work with you to develop an aggressive strategy to take on these charges. 

Can I prevent the charges from being filed?

When you learn that the police are investigating you for child molestation, it is a good idea to hire an attorney as soon as possible.  It is possible to prevent charges from being filed- even serious charges like child molestation.  Attorney Manosh has over 15 years of experience, and knows the steps that need to be taken to best protect yourself during this stressful time. 

Contact Me Today

Kara Hoopis Manosh, Attorney and Counselor at Law is committed to answering your questions about Criminal Defense, Appeals, and Post-Conviction Relief issues in Rhode Island.

I offer a free case strategy session and I'll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact me today to schedule an appointment.

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