Judges have difficult jobs. They must make decisions regarding punishments that provide justice to victims but also do not violate the rights of those convicted. One California judge has recently issued a sentence for a man accused of sex crimes that left a prosecutor claiming he was surprised as he expected a longer prison sentence.
The accused man formerly worked as a California Highway Patrol Officer. He was recently sentenced in a case that involved accusations that he molested a 10-year-old boy in 2014. A prosecutor for the case claims that the man was previously convicted of sex crimes in two other cases.
In the most recent case, the judge in the case sentenced the man to 180 days in jail followed by five years of probation. Reports indicate that the judge took inconsistent testimony given by the victim into consideration when she issued the sentence. She also claims that the longer probation time, as opposed to a longer jail sentence, will allow the man to be monitored by police for a longer period of time. The prosecutor disagreed, arguing that the most appropriate setting for the man is behind bars. With good behavior, the man could be released after 90 days.
In many cases in California, prosecutors often seek the harshest possible sentences, regardless of the circumstances of the case. As a result, those facing accusations of sex crimes and other criminal charges seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney to help them make choices in their cases as well as fight for a reduced sentence as part of a plea deal. Having someone willing to fight for their interests can often have a major impact in the outcome of a case.
Source: krcrtv.com, "Former CHP officer Jacob Duenas avoids prison in molestation case", Taylor Torregano, Feb. 2, 2017