California Penal Code 288.3

Are you facing charges for Contacting a Minor to Commit a Felony? Violation of Penal Code 288.3 is a very serious offense. By taking advantage of a free consultation with one of our skilled criminal attorneys, you may be able to avoid making a costly mistake. Call (888) 250-2865 to speak with an experienced professional about your case.


PC 288.3 Defined


Someone who contacts a minor under 18, with the intent to carry out specific felonies can be prosecuted under this penal code.


In order for a California prosecutor to secure a conviction for violating CPC 288.3, they will have to prove that you were guilty of:


  • deliberately communicating or trying to communicate with a minor under 18
  • communications that could have been made by the offender or by a third party
  • a communication that could have been carried out through various mediums
  • being knowledgeable about the age of the minor
  • attempting to commit an offense


These felony offenses include:


  • Kidnapping under California Penal Code 207
  • Aggravated Kidnapping under California Penal Code 209
  • Employing a Minor for Sexual Acts under California Penal Code 311.4
  • Possession of Child Pornography under California Penal Code 311.11
  • Child Endangerment under California Penal Code 273 a
  • Unlawful Sodomy under California Penal Code 286
  • Lewd Acts with a Minor under California Penal Code 288
  • Forcible Acts with a Minor under California Penal Code 289
  • Rape under California Penal Code 261
  • Rape by Foreign Object under California Penal Code 261.4


Penalties for PC 288.3 Violations


The penalties or punishment for Contacting a Minor to Commit a Felony – is a felony, given the intent of the crime. Those found guilty face:




  • 16 months, 2 or 3 Years in a California State Prison
  • an informal probationary period
  • up to $10,000 in fines
  • registration as an offender on California’s sex offender registry


Other Potential Punishments:


Those found guilty with a prior criminal conviction can potentially face an additional five years in prison. Also, depending on the felony that was intended to be carried out by the offender, maximum penalties for that specific offense may be enforced.


If convicted of a felony, a person’s future options are severely affected. There are several employers who will not allow anyone with a felony conviction to work for them. With proper legal guidance, you may be able to negotiate a favorable plea bargain, have your case dismissed, or obtain a not guilty verdict. Contact us today to get the help you need.

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