Orlando Sexual Battery Lawyer
One of the most serious crimes a person can be charged with and convicted of is sexual battery, especially if the crime involves serious bodily harm, a weapon, or a minor. If you have been charged with sexual battery in Florida, you need to contact an experienced Orlando sexual battery lawyer as soon as possible. Our Orlando & Miami sexual crimes law team can help with your situation.
What Is Sexual Battery?
Sexual battery is a serious crime, and is more commonly referred to as rape. As defined by Florida Statutes Section 794.011(h), sexual battery is “oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object.” Sexual battery is committed any time that the sexual act is not consensual, regardless of a victim’s age or marital status.
Penalties for Sexual Battery
All acts of sexual battery in Florida are considered to be felony crimes.
The penalties associated with felony crimes are very serious. In the event that a person is found guilty of a felony crime for committing, or attempting to commit sexual battery on a victim under age 12, and harms the victim’s sexual organs, the punishment may be as serious as life imprisonment, as found under Florida Statutes Section 775.082.
The courts will hand down a lesser sentence when the convicted person committed the crime against an individual who was over the age of 18 years, and who did not use physical force or violence “likely to cause serious personal injury.” For this crime, penalties associated with a second degree felony will be enforced.
Why You Need an Experienced Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyer on Your Side
If you are convicted of sexual battery, the penalties that you may face could be extremely severe, and forever impact your future. In addition to prison time, you may also be left with an obligation to pay a large fee, a lasting mark on your criminal record, the requirement to register as a sex offender, and the inability to find a job in the future.
An experienced Orlando & Miami sexual battery lawyer who understands the law, the crime you have been charged with, a defenses to it is imperative. A good lawyer can help collect evidence and build a case, negotiate a deal with the prosecution, and more.
Contact Our Orlando Sexual Battery Lawyers Today
Serving Orlando, Miami and surrounding areas, the team at the Baez Law Firm believe that all persons who are charged with a crime deserve the best when it comes to criminal defense. We further believe in the concept of innocent until proven guilty, and that you deserve to have your constitutional rights protected during the judicial process.
We have experience representing clients successful in cases where the possible consequences were very serious. We also have experience working with forensic experts, and the resources necessary to conduct a thorough investigation. Where others will not do the work, we will. For a free case consultation, contact the Baez Law Firm at 800-588-BAEZ today. We speak Spanish.