This is a life ending charge. You are looking at state prison and a sexual offender designation which will impact every aspect of your remaining life.
Immediately call and hire an experienced criminal lawyer. My firm has significant experience with this charge.
It depends upon exactly how it is charged, and can still be a capital offense, but that punishment is rarely sought. The outcome of the case also depends upon the facts and circumstances, the abilities of the attorneys, and the likes and dislikes of the judge, as well as a jury verdict if trial is had. When you are facing up to 30 years in prison, even though there is no prior criminal record, you need to hire private criminal defense counsel who does these types of cases.
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I agree with my colleagues. You should immediately contact experienced counsel to help you navigate and resolve this case, whether it is our firm or someone else here on AVVO. This charge has and will continue to impact your life.
The penalty on the underlying charge(s) will be based on various factors including but not limited to the age of the child.
Get a lawyer. Our firm has handled many of these cases and they require a significant amount of time and attention to details.
Hernan Hernandez, Esq.
You need to see a lawyer immediately and discuss all of your options. This is not the kind of question for a legal form, but you need to sit down and discuss the facts directly with an attorney. You're facing up to life imprisonment.
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