Section 288(a), Lewd Act with a Child Under 14, is a felony in California that is punishable by imprisonment for3, 6, or 8 years.
The relevant parts of the statute are below. I have highlighted the elements the state would have to prove in order to convict you of this crime:
(a) Any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd or lascivious act
, including any of the acts constituting other crimes provided for in Part 1, upon or with the body, or any part or member
thereof, of a child who is under the age of 14 years
, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires
of that person or the child, is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, six, or eight years.
There is no way you can take any kind of a plea to a sex offense and be able to avoid registration requirements. If the prosecution is willing to make you a deal that would involve less jail time/no jail but is requiring that you register now, that is what you will have to do. Otherwise, the only alternative you'd have would be to take this case all the way to trial
and win it. If you do so, you would not have to register at all. However if you lose, the penalties are substantial as above, and you would once again be in a situation where you will have to register.
The registration requirements for sex offenses are non-negotiable. I understand how burdensome they are to those who must register. But the trend is to make the requirements even more strict, not less. Tthere's no way around them.
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