Punishment and Penalties

A person can face a life sentence for sex crimes committed under specific circumstances such as:

  • first degree burglary with the intent to commit a sex offense
  • torture
  • kidnapping with a sexual intent
  • prior conviction for a serious sex offense
  • conviction involving two or more allegations of a serious sex offense
  • conviction for a serious sex offense against two or more alleged victims
  • personal use of a deadly weapon
  • personal infliction of injury on a minor under 14
  • tying or binding the alleged victim
  • administering a controlled substance to the alleged victim.

See CA Penal Code 667.61

Burglary With the Sexual Intent   

Burglary with the intent to commit a sex offense occurs when the defendant entered an inhabited room, with the intent to commit a sexual offense, and committed that sexual offense after entering the room.


Torture is punishable by a possible term of life imprisonment. Under California law, a person with intent who causes cruel or extreme pain and suffering for the purpose of revenge, extortion, persuasion, or for a sadistic purpose upon someone, is guilty of torture. A sadistic purpose could be for sexual pleasure, but a sexual element is not required.

See CA Penal Code 206

Kidnapping With Sexual Intent

A sex offense involving kidnapping can be an aggravating sentencing factor. Kidnapping would involve the defendant holding, detaining, or taking by force or fear, moving the victim a some distance, which increased the risk of harm beyond than necessary for the underlying sexual offense. It is also a crime to kidnap someone with the intent to sexually assault them, by rape, oral copulation, sodomy or sexual penetration.

Oral Copulation or Sexual Penetration with a Child Under 10

A person who is age 18 or older who engages in sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child who is 10 years of age or younger will face a term of imprisonment from 25 years to life. Also, any person who is age 28 or older who engages in oral copulation with a minor will face a term of imprisonment from 15 years to life.

See CA Penal Code 288.7

Sex Crimes Defense

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