Orlando Sexual Battery Lawyer
What Florida Law Says About Sexual Battery
Sexual battery is defined and explained in
Chapter 794 of the 2015 Florida Statutes. Synonymous with
rape, sexual battery involves forcing an individual to engage in sexual intercourse
against their will whether through actual force or by targeting an individual
who is incapable of giving consent. Although this always a serious charge,
it is especially serious when charged in conjunction with
As both a sexual and often
violent crime, it is also one of the most severely punished, although penalties will
vary depending on the circumstances of the crime.
Examples of potential penalties include:
- Someone 18 or older accused of committing sexual battery against someone
12 or younger will be charged with a capital felony punishable by the
death penalty or life imprisonment without parole. If the accused is younger
than 18, punishment is life imprisonment or at least 30 years of imprisonment.
- If the victim is older than 12, the minimal charge is a second-degree felony
punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment; in some cases, this can be
escalated to a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years.
Potential Defense Strategies for Sexual Battery
If you have been accused of sexual battery in Orlando, is important to
remember there is a difference between a criminal charge and a conviction.
At Mazin Law, we can work with you to protect your legal rights and create
a sound defense strategy. There are several defenses that can be asserted
in such cases. For example, it could be argued that the victim consented,
that you did not intimately touch the victim, or that it is a case of
misidentification. We encourage you to discuss your situation with our law firm.
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At Mazin Law, we understand the severity of the domestic violence charges
that you are facing. If you have been accused of sexual battery in relation
to domestic violence, you need a skilled and aggressive Orlando sexual
battery attorney in your corner. At our firm, we have handled thousands
of cases, and we know how to protect your legal rights.
To learn more about how our domestic violence law firm can help you,
contact us today.