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How long is a life sentence in the state of California?

If my man got a life sentence, is my daughter never going to see her father and is he going to die in jail? When they say that he is gon be in jail for life does that mean until he dies?


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    Peter Goldscheider | Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    438 Cambridge Ave. Suite 250
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (650) 323-8296
    There are very few straight "life" sentences anymore in California which carry a minimum of 7 years in prison. Most life "tops" carry a minimum sentence of 15 or 25 years plus various enhancements.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/29/2013
    Francis John Cowhig | Universal Law Group, Inc.
    430 S. Garfield Avenue
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    (626) 308-9936
    Usually a life sentence means a life sentence, unless he is eligible for parole, which could be after 25 to 30 years. I would need to know the exact wording of his sentence to accurately answer this question. If he was represented by an attorney, his attorney would be the best person to ask this question to.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/27/2013
    Terry Nelson | Nelson & Lawless
    2134 Main St., #130
    Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 960-7584
    Life without parole means exactly what it says, die in prison. Normal life sentence means parole is possible, at the discretion of the parole board at hearings the inmate can request every few years after serving minimum required time.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/27/2013
    Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    343 East Main Street, Suite 314
    Stockton, CA 95202
    (209) 463-9715
    It might. Am told there is an administrative minimum that CDCR/Board of Prison Terms uses. Have never heard of anyone getting out at that stage.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/27/2013
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    39300 Civic Center Drive #110
    Fremont, CA 94538
    (510) 792-5110
    It depends. There is life without the possibility of parole, which means what it says. There is also a life sentence where you can apply for parole. Having the possibility of parole does not mean the person will be paroled. You and your daughter could visit, although not a great place for a child to visit her father.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/27/2013
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