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Being accused of sexual assault, sexual battery, or rape can be an extremely trying experience. Not only do you face long prison sentences and costly fines, but you are also required to register as a sex offender in Florida for possibly the rest of your life. Being labeled a sex offender can cause irreparable damage to your personal and professional reputation, making it difficult to obtain employment, find a place to live, and take advantage of life’s opportunities.

If you have been charged with sexual battery, Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law is ready to provide you with compassionate and aggressive legal representation. With more than three decades of collective experience, our Punta Gorda criminal defense attorneys will ensure that your rights are protected throughout your case and you understand all of your legal options to make the best decisions about your future.

Consequences of Sexual Battery

In Florida, sexual battery is also called sexual assault or rape. The statutory definition of sexual battery is oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object, without the other party’s consent or capacity to provide consent.

Sexual battery upon an individual who is 12 years of age or older is considered a second-degree felony, resulting in a prison sentence of up to 15 years and a maximum fine of $10,000. If threats, coercive acts, or a victim’s physical incapacity is involved, it is a first-degree felony that is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 30 years. If a deadly weapon or physical force is used in the commission of the crime, the charge increases to a life felony, punishable by life in prison.

If an adult commits sexual battery upon a minor less than 12 years can be guilty of a capital felony, which results in either the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole. If a minor under 18 commits sexual battery upon someone less than 12 years old, it is considered a life felony.

Remember, each offense requires registration as a sex offender in Florida.

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Individuals who are suspected of committing a sex crime such as sexual battery should be aware of their rights. Our Punta Gorda criminal defense attorneys recommend that you do not speak to police and to invoke the right not to speak. We can speak on your behalf and avoid making incriminating statements. Then we will investigate your case, assess all the evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and develop a strong defense strategy for you.

Contact us and discuss your legal options immediately.

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