Sexual Battery And Assault In Florida Ranges in Many Different Ways

The State of Florida takes sex crimes seriously. It gives some convicted offenders a life sentence in prison for an offense. If you feel you have been wrongly accused of a sexual offense you need an Orlando lawyer to aggressively defend your case. A criminal defense attorney will investigate the claims, gather information and present a convincing argument to clear your name. Please advise the different types of sexual battery and assault below.

Sexual Assault

The aggressive act of forcing a victim to submit to a sexual act against their will. The offender must threaten or attempt to sexually harm the victim when they do not comply with their demands. Harm can include forced kissing, touching, child sexual abuse, torture, and in some cased forced penetration and rape. Punishment for assault is court ordered rehabilitation, prison, fines or mandatory counseling.

Sexual Battery

When a person physically forces them self on another person. A battery case is more severe than an assault case and is commonly known as rape. Sexual battery includes rape, capital sexual battery, date rape, child molestation and child sexual abuse. Punishment for the felony is up to life in prison.

Capital Sexual Battery

A crime where the offender commits battery against a 12 year old or older victim. It can include committing battery against the victim or injuring the sexual organs of the offender. It is considered a capital offense because the victim must know the offender as a familial or custodial guardian. The court only has the word of the victim to prove the offense happened, so the victim must be proven wrong or the offender may get life in prison without parole.

Lewd Sexual Battery

Involves acts such as touching a victim in a vulgar way when they are under 16 years old, or, soliciting a person to commit a sensual act. It is a crime that can carry one to two felonies depending on the age of the offender. If the offender is 18 or older it is a second degree felony with 2.5 to 15 years in prison. The sentencing is lower for offenders under 18 years old. They get 2.5 to 5 years in prison and probation if they are only suspected.

Contact a Sexual Battery Defense Attorney

The State of Florida aggressively prosecutes sex crimes offenders. Offenders need an aggressive lawyer to defend them against their charges. An  Orlando Sex crimes attorney will explore all legal options to clear their client's name. Call us today for a free case review (407)228-3838.

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