The nature of a sex crime against a child can turn things against a defendant in criminal court proceedings. Law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and juries may feel a sense of prejudice against the defendant from the onset of the case. The urge to protect children from harm is strong, and the desire to protect real victims of abuse is important to law enforcement and political groups.
Penalties For Sodomy Of A Minor In California
Sodomy of a minor is a criminal charge that is defined in California Penal Code Section 286. Any penetration under this law, no matter how slight it may be, is still considered sodomy and criminal charges may be pursued. Different penalties may be imposed depending upon the particular circumstances of the case, including the age of the victim, whether injury occurred and the defendant’s prior record. Penalties may also vary depending upon the jurisdiction.
Sodomy of a minor under the age of 18 is punishable by imprisonment in state prison, or imprisonment in county jail for up to 1 year.
Sodomy of a minor under the age of 14, when the offender is more than 10 years older than the victim, is punishable by 3, 6 or 8 years in prison.
Enlist A Skilled Defense Team For Your Case
At Okabe & Haushalter, our criminal defense attorneys are completely committed to defending the rights of clients who have been accused of serious sex crimes, including sodomy of a minor. The nature of these charges may give some attorneys pause, but we are highly experienced in this area and are not afraid to take on the most serious and complex sex crime cases.
You deserve the aggressive representation of a lawyer who can actually protect your rights and help you avoid a conviction for this offense. At Okabe & Haushalter, we offer a free case evaluation to help you get started.
The Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter are ready to fight to tooth and nail for you. You have most likely heard of our firm from our television appearances, newspaper articles and other media from the national and international covered cases we have handled.