Oral copulation is a serious crime in California, but many people do not understand what exactly “oral copulation” is. Under California Penal Code Section 288a, oral copulation is the act of engaging in oral sex act with:
- A minor under 18 years of age;
- A person who is intoxicated, asleep or unconscious, OR
- A person who is forced to engage in the act against his/her will.
If you are accused of oral copulation, you face severe consequences. That is why you need to act immediately and understand what happens next.
1. Don’t Speak to Law Enforcement
Many times in oral copulation cases, investigators will attempt to coerce suspects into admitting they committed a crime. That is why it is extremely important that you do not make any statements to police if you under investigation for oral copulation.
Do not provide the police with any types of statements. Instead, politely decline to talk to them without the presence of your lawyer. Your attorney could advise you of what to say to the police before you speak to them so that you do not incriminate yourself.
2. Talk to an Experienced Attorney
Now that you understand not to talk to law enforcement about the case, the next step to take is to speak to an experienced oral copulation defense attorney. Your attorney could help protect you from tactics that police may use to try to get you to admit to a crime.
Your criminal defense attorney will also work to try to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed before the case goes to trial.
3. Know the Potential Consequences You’re Facing
Oral copulation is a “wobbler” offense, meaning that you could be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of your case. Misdemeanor charges carry a sentence of up to 364 days in county jail. However, many oral copulation cases result in felony charges. If you are charged with felony oral copulation, you face up to eight years in prison.
There are other circumstances, such as the age of the victim, which could add more time to your sentence. You will likely also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life if you are convicted of oral copulation.
What Happens Next?
The best thing you could do if you are facing oral copulation charges is work with your criminal defense lawyer. Telling your attorney all the facts of your case will help when determining a defense specific for you.
One thing your attorney will likely do is have you undergo a psychological evaluation with a doctor. The results of this evaluation could help establish that you do not fit the profile of someone who would commit this type of crime.
There are many other defenses our law firm has successfully used to defend our clients facing oral copulation charges. Our attorneys can work with you to figure out the best defense in your case.
Call the Oral Copulation Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich Today
If you or a loved one is charged with oral copulation, you need to contact an experienced sex crimes attorney immediately. At Wallin & Klarich, our skilled attorneys have been successfully defending clients facing oral copulation charges for over 30 years. We will meet with you immediately to review the facts of your case and plan a defense strategy that will help you get the best outcome possible.
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 today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will be there when you call.