What Is Annoying or Molesting a Child Under 18 (PC 647.6)?

To someone who is not familiar with our criminal justice system here in California, the charge of annoying or molesting a child under 18 may not reveal a sexual context.  However, let there be no mistake about it, this charge is not for playing one’s stereo so loud as to annoy or bother a person under age 18.  What exactly is required to convict someone under Penal Code § 647.6?  What is the punishment?  What are the defenses?  To read answers to these questions, click on the following link.


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