It's doubtful that your bf is innocent of a crime he's willing to take a 15 year plea deal with lifetime sex offender registration. The fact that he hasn't been in trouble before clearly isn't important to the prosecutor who is offering a stiff sentence.
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What your boyfriend's lawyer probably told him that there is a 20% parole eligibility for a class C or D felony. This is true.
However, no guarantee exists that he will make parole on the first eligibility date. Often on such a. LNG sentence as 15 years, he will learn the term "flop." This is where the parole board let's him serve another 12-24 months before reconsidering him for parole. He will undoubtably be required to complete a sex offender treatment program (SOTP) where he must admit his crime before being allowed to be considered for parole. This program takes 18+ months minimum. If he fails to admit his problem and crime, he will not be granted parole.
He should discuss his situation fully with his lawyer.
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These are very serious cases that have can be brought in state and federal court. You need an attorney that understands how to present mitigation evidence to help your boy friend. I often have doctors that specialize in sex offenders evaluate my clients and testify in court regarding what issues brought these actions and what needs to be done to help the individual.
I hope this has helped some.
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