Oral copulation with a minor is a serious criminal offense. When an adult (person over 18 years old) has any form of sexual intercourse with a minor (a person under 18 years of age) criminal charges are a possibility – even when this was consensual. A minor is considered to be incapable of giving legal consent and therefore even if the minor agreed to the activity or initiated it, the adult may face misdemeanor or felony charges.
Penalties For Oral Copulation With A Minor In California
The specific penalties that a defendant may face for oral copulation with a minor may vary depending upon the jurisdiction, the age of the alleged victim, the age of the defendant, the circumstances of the offense itself and whether the defendant has any prior offenses. Following are some specific penalties which may be imposed following a conviction:
Oral copulation with a minor under 18 years old may be punishable by up to 12 months in county jail, or imprisonment in a state correctional facility.
Oral copulation with a minor under 16, when the defendant is 21 years or older, is a felony offense, punishable by a minimum of 1 year in state prison.
Oral copulation with a minor under 14 years old, when the defendant is more than 10 years older than the alleged victim, is punishable by imprisonment is state prison for 3, 6 or 8 years.
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