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Criminal Defense » 5 crimes that will get you “life without parole” in California
5 crimes that will get you “life without parole” in California are:
Life without parole (“LWOP”) is a prison sentence under California law in which a defendant is sent to the California state prison for the rest of his life without the possibility of parole.
Murder can be charged as either “first-degree” or “second-degree” in California. First-degree murder is charged when a murder:
First-degree murder generally carries a sentence of 25 years in prison to LWOP.
Under SB 1437, felony-murder is charged when a defendant:
Felony-murder is punishable by either:
California Penal Code 261 defines the crime of “rape” as nonconsensual sexual intercourse accomplished by means of:
Rape is typically punishable by a maximum imprisonment in the California state prison for eight years. But, under California’s “One Strike” Law, a defendant guilty of rape can be sentenced to life without parole if he had a prior conviction of rape.
Penal Code 289 is the California statute that defines the crime of “forcible penetration with a foreign object.”
The legal definition is:
Per California’s One Strike Law, a person guilty of the crime can be punished with LWOP if the defendant tortured the victim while committing the crime.
Penal Code 288 is the California statute that defines the crime of “lewd acts with a minor child.” The section defines a “lewd act” as either:
Technically, this section applies when the victim is anyone under the age of 16.
Under the State’s One Strike Law, a person convicted of this crime can be sentenced to life without parole if the defendant committed the crime during the commission of a burglary.
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