In Florida, “rape” and “sexual battery” are synonymous, and occur when an individual compels another person to engage in sexual intercourse against the victim’s will. This sex crime is associated with serious penalties, including long prison sentences, costly fines, and registration as a sex offender for life. If you want to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom, it is imperative to seek skilled legal representation from an experienced attorney.
With more than three decades of collective legal experience, Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law have an extensive history of defense victories. As a former prosecutor, our Hendry County criminal defense attorney can anticipate how the prosecution will approach your case, providing you an advantage in your case. Do not risk your future without our qualified legal assistance.
The statutory definition of sexual battery in Florida is oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another person, or the anal or vaginal penetration of another individual by any other object, without the victim’s consent or capacity to provide it. If the sexual assault victim is under 12 years of age, the prosecutor does not have to show the victim’s lack of consent.
If the offender is 18 years of age or older and the victim is younger than 12 years of age, the adult will face a capital felony conviction. Penalties include life imprisonment and a fine. To become eligible for parole, offenders must serve at least 25 years in prison.
If the offender is younger than 18 years old and the victim is younger than 12, then the offender will be charged with a life felony. Penalties include a prison sentence between 30 years and life.
If the victim is 12 years of age or older, then it is considered a second-degree felony, which is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. If the crime was committed on a victim over the age of 12 included threats or coercive acts, then it is a first-degree felony, punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.
Our legal team can investigate your alleged offense, gather and review evidence, as well as develop an effective defense strategy to obtain the most favorable results possible. We understand what it takes to either get your case dismissed entirely or your charges reduced.
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