Under California law, had Mr. Sandusky committed those crimes he was convicted of in California, his sentence would be life.
While 30-60 years prison for a 60 plus year old man, is basically a life sentence, it does seem that Pennsylvania law is more lenient then California. California law calls for a life sentence if a defendant molests more than one victim under 14 years old. California Penal Code section 667.61. In addition, the penal code also calls for a life sentence if a child 10 years of age or younger is sexually penetrated. 288.7. Mr. Sandusky was sentenced under Pennsylvania law since the crimes all occurred in that state.
Many legal mistakes were made by his counsel who defended him on these charges. Allowing Mr. Sandusky to talk to the media while the case was pending was a terrible mistake by his defense team. The investigation conducted by his counsel was ineffective and insufficient.
Our law firm has been successfully defending those charged with sexual offenses for over 32 years. We know what it takes to win. Thorough investigation of all alleged victims is essential to establish motives to lie and character. A psychological evaluation on the suspect is important to establish that the suspect does not have an unnatural or abnormal sexual interest in children. Sometimes medical experts are retained to establish lack of physical evidence.
California sex crimes have hard punishments. If you have been charged with a sex crime, you need to call our experienced criminal defense lawyers for a free consultation, 888-280-6839. We have offices in San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange County. We will be there when you call.