When it comes to the criminal offense of rape in Florida, “sexual assault” and “sexual battery” are synonymous with one another. This sex crime occurs when a person compels another to engage in sexual intercourse against the victim’s will. Sexual battery is considered a felony, which includes prison time, fines, and registration as a sex offender for the rest of the offender’s life.
If you were recently arrested for or accused of rape in Florida, our legal team at Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law are prepared to fight tirelessly for you. With more than 30 years of experience and an extensive history of defense victories in court, our Lee County criminal defense attorneys can thoroughly review your case and determine all of your available legal options to obtain the best outcome possible.
If the defendant (offender) is 18 years of age or older and the plaintiff (victim) is younger than 12, the defendant faces a capital felony conviction, which is punishable by a life imprisonment sentence and a fine. To become eligible for parole, however, you must serve at least 25 years in prison.
If the defendant is younger than 18 years of age and the plaintiff is younger than 12 years old, then the defendant will be charged with a life felony. Penalties include a prison sentence ranging from 30 years to life.
If the plaintiff is 12 years of age or older, the defendant faces a second-degree felony conviction, punishable by a prison sentence of up to 15 years. However, if the crime was committed with coercive acts or verbal threats, then it is a first-degree felony. A first-degree felony is punishable by a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
As a former prosecutor, our Lee County criminal defense attorney has a comprehensive understanding of Florida law and can provide an insight as to how the prosecution will approach your case, giving you an advantage in the courtroom. Do not hesitate to obtain experienced legal services today.
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