My Fiance is being charged with PC.288A. First time Offense.We live in California.He did say he was guilty in the beginning but later took it back because his public defender advised him too.He sign a plea to 8yrs only because at the time he just wanted to get everything done and over with. Friday 10/14/11 was his court date to give him his sentence but he took back his plea Because he had been speaking to people who have been telling him that for a first offense he shouldn't sever 8yrs that is way to long.He has another court date this Monday 10/17/11.DA and parents of the child are pushing for 8yrs.Farther of the child has a sister who is a sheriff who works in the courts house and also there family is well connected to the department.there is speciousness of them speaking to the judge.
Criminal Defense Attorney
Any PC 288, whether it's 288(a) or 288a, is among the most serious crimes in the penal code. I can't tell what your question is because your bf has admitted and then recanted at least twice.
If your bf is listening to jail house buddies he is a fool. He should be working with a lawyer on this one and no one else. He is subject to a strike and lifetime registration as a sex offender as well as the state prison time. Fair warning: he's not going to get a better deal unless he goes to trial and is acquitted.
Violent Crime Lawyer
He may not get a better deal in terms of a single count, but he may get a better sentence than the maximum of 8 years. With no record and other favorable factors he may be eligible for less time in prison or probation, depending on the exact charge and any unusual circumstances. The judge may have given an indication of his intentions during negotiations. All the facts and circumstances are important in these cases. Registration is often a more significant consequence than the actual time in custody.
Criminal Defense Attorney
If he is charged with one count of 288(a), the maximum (assuming no conduct allegations or sentencing enhancements) is 8 years. A plea for 8 years on a single count doesn't sound like a good deal at all.
If he was charged with multiple counts and the exposure was much higher, then 8 years may be a great deal. It's just impossible to tell what his maximum exposure is without knowing the exact charges and all allegations on the charging document filed in court.
The best person to advise him about this? His attorney. Not some other inmate. Not any of us on the internet. His lawyer has access to all the necessary information to actually answer this question.