Client facing life in prison. Life charges dismissed.
Our client was facing life in prison for some very serious offenses involving lewd acts on a minor. Through our investigation, we determined that the client was being truthful about how he was innocent and had not committed the offenses.
One of his charges was an allegation for a violation of Penal Code 288.7, a life count.
He was also charged with an allegation for a violation of Penal Code 269(a)(5), another life count.
After 14 court appearance, we were ready for trial. While the case was trailing, the District Attorney agreed to offer our client 6 years in custody in exchange for a dismissal of the most serious charges.
From a legal perspective, anyone facing life in prison must decide whether it is worth it to “roll the dice”. In this particular case, accepting a 6 year deal in light of the possibility of facing life in prison for a young adult is not a difficult decision.
Our client pled guilty because “it was in his best interest to do so”. The life charges were dismissed against him.