Are you or someone you know being charged with oral copulation of a minor under California Penal code section 288(a)? If so, it is important that you contact a sex crime defense attorney to aggressively pursue your case to get you the best results possible.
Our Los Angelessex crime defense lawyers have a combined 75 years of experience and have handled thousands of sex crime cases including oral copulation with a minor. We have unmatched credentials in all of Los Angeles county and the protection of our client’s legal rights and freedom is our top priority.
Oral copulation with a minor is the act of touching of the mouth of one person with the sexual organ or anus of another person.
Oral copulation with a person under 18 years old is known as a wobbler charge, which means that the prosecution has the discretion to charge it as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the severity and circumstances of the crime.
Oral copulation with a person under 16 years old carries a punishment of as a felony with imprisonment in state prison for up to 3 years. If the victim is under 14 years old or it was done by force the crime is a felony and punishable by imprisonment in state prison for three, six, or eight years.
The penalties you may face as a result of a conviction of oral copulation with a minor depend on a number of circumstances and our sex crime defense attorneys will explain everything to you in detail and use our skill, knowledge, and legal strategy to get you the best possible results.
WHAT DOES THE GOVERNMENT HAVE TO PROVE?
In order to convict a person of Oral Copulation with a Minor, the government must prove…
- The person participated in an act of oral copulation with another person; AND
- The other person was under the age of 18 when the act was committed
The law defines oral copulation as any contact, no matter how slight, between the mouth of one person and the sexual organs of another. For any illicit acts with a minor, consent is not a defense. However, a reasonable belief that the minor was over the age of 18 is a defense. The government must prove, BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT that the person thought the other party was under the age of 18. This means that you may have defense if the woman told you that she was over the age of 18, such as being given a fake ID, or being told in person.
Our Los Angeles sex crime defense lawyers are here to hear your side of the story and do the best we can to protect your legal rights.
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