Sexual Battery in Florida

Patting a person’s buttocks, forcing a kiss on the mouth, forcing another to touch an intimate part of your body, touching another person’s victim’s genital area and/or grabbing or fondling a woman’s breast are considered sexual battery, a type of sex crime that is less serious because it does not involve penetration.

Sexual battery refers to any form of non-consensual or unwanted sexual contact or touching, without involving sexual intercourse or penetration. But while some states only refer to this crime as criminal sexual contact, rather than criminal sexual penetration, other states use sexual battery interchangeably with rape. Some states also use the term interchangeably with sexual assault, child molestation or indecency with a child, if the sexual contact is done to a minor.

Perpetrators of the crime of sexual battery are usually known to victims; they can be a victim’s relative, dating partner, classmate, neighbor, acquaintance, co-worker, friend, or even a spouse. As explained by the University of Florida Police Department, however, this criminal act is not motivated by sexual desire. It is, rather, an aggressive attack and a violent crime with the aim of humiliating, hurting and controlling a victim through sex. In Florida too, if sexual battery is committed by someone (over 17 years old) on a victim below 12, with the victim eventually sustaining injuries to the sexual organ as a result of the assault, then the crime is punished as capital felony, wherein the sentence can be life imprisonment or death.

According to a Destin sex crime defense attorney, “It is hard to think of a crime with more of a negative social stigma than a sexually related offense. When it comes to sex crimes, most people tend to think you are guilty until proven innocent instead of the other way around. Just being accused of such a terrible crime is enough to ruin your reputation, your career, and your family. And that is only the beginning. If you are convicted of a sex crime in Destin or anywhere in Florida, you will likely go to prison for a very long time and be forced to register as a sexual offender for the rest of your life.

When faced with such a terrifying ordeal, it would be easy to decide that there is no hope. That there is no way to get around the fact that your life is over and you are going to prison. Do NOT make this mistake. Just because you have been accused does not mean it is a sure thing that you will get convicted. What it does mean, however, is that you must make a decision right now, before it is too late, that you are going to fight back and do everything with the help from a skilled and experienced sex crimes lawyer.”

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