Sex Crime Charges Defense
Sex Crimes in Florida - FAQs
Set out below are some questions and answers frequently asked in this area:
- What is Sexual Abuse in Florida?
- What is Sexual Abuse of a Child?
- What is Sexual Battery?
In Florida there are several chaptes of criminal statutes dealing with “sex offenses,” and they can range from sexual battery (or more commonly known as rape) to exposing ones sexual organs to someone. The penalties range from life in prison with no possibility of parole (for the offense of capital sexual battery, where a person over 18 commits a sexual battery on a child 12 or under) to probation for minor misdemeanors. They are mostly felonies, and even the “less” serious ones generally score prison under the sentencing guidelines. They also require a finding of a person convicted of one of these offenses as a “sex offender”.
It is crucial to consult with an attorney immediately upon being charged with a sex offense, including any type of “sexual abuse” due to the very serious consequences, and due to the fact that a lot of important work can be done on a case in the earliest stages. Attorney David P. Hill has been handling these types of cases for almost 25 years in the State of Florida – call him for a free consultation now.
Offenses against children under the age of 12 that constitute “sexual battery” is considered Capital Sexual Battery, and if convicted a person would be sentenced, by law, to life in prison without parole.
There are other types of offense that if committed against juveniles carry other serious felony prison sentences, including offenses against a person over 12, but under 18.
It is important to know that mistake about a victim’s age is not a defense in these statutes. In other words, if a person over 23 has consensual sex with someone that is too young to give legal consent (a 16 or 17 year old), it is not a defense to the crime to say that the person lied about their age or that the perpetrator did not know their age.
Attorney David P. Hill can help in these types of cases, bringing his considerable experience to assist. Do not speak to any law enforcement officer about one of these cases without consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney first.
In the State of Florida, the definition of Sexual Battery is as follows: “Sexual Battery” means oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object: however, sexual battery does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose. (Florida Statute 794.011(1)(h)).