Under California Penal Code Section 288a, it is a crime to commit an act of oral copulation with a minor. Although the sentencing and punishment for oral copulation with a minor in Riverside is very serious, there are a number of defenses that a Riverside criminal defense attorney at Wallin & Klarich can raise on your behalf to get your oral copulation with a minor charge reduced or dismissed.
Be sure to consult a Riverside oral copulation defense attorney at Wallin & Klarich to learn more about which defenses can be used in your case.
Sentencing and Punishment for Oral Copulation with a Minor in Riverside (PC 288a)
A conviction for oral copulation with a minor in Riverside is a “wobbler” offense. This means the prosecution can charge you with either a felony or a misdemeanor. Generally, felony oral copulation with a minor is punishable by imprisonment in county jail for up to three years and a misdemeanor conviction is punishable by imprisonment in county jail for up to one year. You will also likely be sentenced to pay expensive fines.
However, the sentencing for an oral copulation conviction in Riverside also depends upon both your age and the age of the victim at the time of offense. For instance, you could be charged with felony oral copulation with a minor if:
- The victim is under the age of 16 and you are over 21, the offense is a felony punishable by up to three years in county jail.
- The victim is under the age of 14 and you are at least 10 years older, the offense is a felony punishable by up to eight years in state prison.
Sex Offender Registration (PC 290)
If you are convicted of oral copulation with a minor in Riverside, you will be required to register with local law enforcement as a sex offender under Penal Code 290. You will be required to annually update your registration with a local law enforcement agency for as long as you work, live or attend school in California. Registration is also required every time you change your name, address, or your employment. It is important to remember that failure to register as a sex offender for oral copulation with a minor in Riverside is a crime.
In addition, personal information such as your name, address, and photograph are released to the public via a sex offender website run by the Department of Justice. The stigma of being labeled a sex offender on this website will make it difficult for you to find a place to live and work. If you are a sex offender in Riverside, you can speak to an experienced Inland Empire attorney about ending your requirement to register as a sex offender.
Finding an Experienced Oral Copulation with a Minor Defense Attorney in Riverside
The first and most critical step you must take is to obtain a team of Riverside oral copulation with a minor criminal defense attorneys who have experience successfully defending oral copulation with a minor cases. Our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years of experience in winning Riverside oral copulation with a minor cases. We work hard to protect our clients’ freedom and keep them off of the Sex Offender registry.
With offices located in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, there is an experienced Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorney available to help you no matter where you work or live.
Call us at (888) 280-6839 for a free telephone consultation. We will be there when you call.