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Defending Charges of Rape & Sexual Battery

Sexual battery, which is commonly referred to as rape, is one of the most aggressively prosecuted sex crimes in Florida. If you have been charged with this crime, it is crucial you understand the severity of the situation and immediately seek skilled representation.

According to Florida Statute §794.011(h), sexual battery is the oral, anal, or vaginal penetration of an individual with an object or one's own sexual organs, excluding any penetration done for a bona fide medical purpose.

There are many penalties you could face if you have been charged with this crime. If you are over the age of 18 and charged with the sexual battery of an individual under the age of 12, you could face capital felony charges. If you are convicted of a capital felony in Florida, according to Florida Statute §775.082, you will face the death penalty.

Contact us today to discuss your charges. We understand the fear, anxiety, and uncertainty regarding the future that you may be experiencing, and you can be sure that we will work with you toward the results you need.

Sexual Assault & Sexual Violence

Sexual assault is an umbrella term that can include a number of different sexual acts. Assault involves causing fear of imminent danger or bodily injury on another person through a show of violence. Sexual assault can involve physical contact and forcible commission of sexual acts, including rape.

According to Florida Statutes § 784.046, "violence" constitutes sexual assault, sexual battery, or any criminal act that inflicts serious injury or death.

Sexual-specific violence charges include the following:

  • Sexual battery
  • Lewd or lascivious acts
  • Luring or enticing a child
  • Sexual performance by a child
  • Any other felony that is forced and sexual in nature

Facts & Figures About Sexual Battery

Throughout the state of Florida, there are thousands of reported sexual assaults:

  • There are roughly 1.2 million women in the state of Florida who have been the victims of rape.
  • 17% of women in Florida (1 in 6) claim to have been raped.
  • Roughly 2-8% of reported sexual assaults are allegedly false.

Call (813) 321-7323 to learn more about your rights and options if you've been accused of sexual battery or rape.

Charged with Sexual Battery/Rape?

If you have been charged with rape or sexual battery, it is vital for you to begin pursuing the representation that you need.

If you have been arrested, you need to be aware of your rights:

  • You need to remain silent. Per the Fifth Amendment, you have the right to remain silent, as any information could be used against you.
  • You have the right to an attorney. It is crucial to your future that you pursue skillful representation as soon as possible. If you've been arrested, remain silent until you can consult with your attorney.

At Thomas & Paulk, P.A., we have the experienced legal assistance you need. We have been serving the criminally accused residents of Tampa for nearly 20 years, and we can put this experience to work for you.

For a free, confidential review of your sexual battery or sexual assault case, call (813) 321-7323 or contact us online.

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