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Wilmington Sexual Abuse Charge Lawyer

A conviction for sexually abusing a child could mean years in prison and permanent status as a sex offender. When the victim and the accused are related, there is an additional level of complexity in responding to these serious allegations.

I am Wilmington criminal defense lawyer Michael Modica. I have handled sex crimes in Delaware for more than 30 years, as a former prosecutor and in private practice. I approach these cases with sensitivity to the victim and the family dynamics while providing a strong defense. Contact a Wilmington sexual abuse charge lawyer today if you have been charged or investigated for sexual abuse of a child.

Sex Offenses Against Children

Sexual abuse victims may range from infants to youths who are not yet 18 years old. The charges also cover a wide spectrum:

  • Rape of a child (sexual acts)
  • Unlawful sexual contact (fondling)
  • Indecent exposure
  • Continuous sexual abuse (repeated offenses over time)
  • Dangerous crime against a child under 14
  • Incest involving an older child
  • Unlawful sexual conduct by a sex offender
  • Sexual exploitation (child pornography)

Experienced Defense Of Child Sexual Abuse Cases

Sexual abuse often occurs within families, perpetrated by a parent, stepparent, grandparent, sibling, cousin or other relative. This makes children reluctant to report abuse, which in turn complicates matters if the alleged sexual contact happened years ago. Children are also highly suggestible and want to please whoever is asking the questions.

As your defense lawyer, my job is to raise reasonable doubts about whether the charges are appropriate and sustainable. The police will conduct a forensic interview of the child. I may use independent forensic investigators to determine if the interview was conducted properly. Was the child coached beforehand or asked leading questions by the investigating officer? Is the child’s account consistent and credible? Were the allegations of abuse raised by the other parent in the context of a divorce or custody dispute?

My goal is to avoid a felony record, prison and sex offender registration if at all possible, or to minimize the consequences. I prepare for the possibility of a trial while exploring opportunities for a practical and discreet resolution that does not pit you against the child and family.

If you need a Wilmington sexual abuse charge lawyer, my experience can make a real difference. Call 302-600-1262 or contact me online to arrange a free consultation.

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