Sexual assault and battery are considered one of the most serious sex crimes in Florida and the rest of the country. Those convicted of sexual assault or battery will face lengthy prison sentences with mandatory minimums, expensive fines, as well as registration as a sex offender for the rest of their lives.
If you were recently arrested and charged with sexual assault or battery in Charlotte County, Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law are committed to protecting your rights, reputation, and freedom. With more than 30 years of collective experience, our legal team has a comprehensive understanding of state law to build an effective and personalized defense strategy to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
In Florida, “sexual assault” and “sexual battery” are synonymous and occurs if an offender commits non-consensual sexual penetration upon another individual. This means any oral, anal, or vaginal penetration with the use of a sexual organ or another object.
Sexual battery upon a person who is 12 years of age or older is considered a capital felony, which is punishable by a life prison sentence, with a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole. However, if a deadly weapon or physical force is used in the commission of the crime, the charge can increase to a life felony, resulting in a life sentence in prison without parole.
If sexual battery is committed by minor under the age of 18 upon a victim than 12 years of age, it is considered a life felony. If sexual battery is committed by an offender older than 18 to a victim older than 12 years old, it is considered a first-degree felony, punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.
Even before you step into the courtroom, you may be viewed as guilty in the eyes of the media and your peers. Having an experienced and reliable criminal defense attorney on your side is your best opportunity to either get your charges reduced, or your case dismissed altogether.
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