West Palm Beach Rape Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested or are currently being investigated for rape, aggressive legal representation is essential. The criminal penalties, coupled with the tarnishing affect that this could have on your reputation is extremely serious. At Prestia Holtz P.A. you will speak directly with an experienced former prosecutor who will be able to provide the aggressive legal representation necessary to fight these allegations.
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Rape, under Florida law falls under the category of sexual battery. It is also sometimes referred to as aggravated sexual assault and is considered to be one of the most egregious crimes in Florida. As such, prosecutors regularly seek the maximum sentence allowed under the laws and will do everything within their power to obtain a conviction. The experienced attorneys of Prestia Holtz P.A. will aggressively fight to get your charges dismissed or reduced to a crime that won’t categorize you a sex offender for the rest of your life.
Possible Penalties for Sexual Battery are set forth in Florida Statute §794.011
- A person over the age of 18 who commits sexual battery upon an individual less than 12 years old commits a capital felony. Penalties include life in prison, in some cases the death penalty, and fines.
- A person who is under the age of 18 who commits sexual battery upon an individual who is under the age of 12 is guilty of a life felony.
- A person commits sexual battery on an individual who is 12 years of age or older, without that person’s consent, and in the process uses or threatens to use a deadly weapon or uses actual physical force likely to cause serious personal injury commits a life felony.
- A person 18 years of age or older who commits sexual battery upon a person 18 years of age or older, without that person’s consent, and in the process does not use physical force and violence likely to cause serious personal injury commits a felony of the second degree punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Without corroborating physical evidence such as DNA taken from the alleged victim, the government is left with a case where it is one person’s word against the others. It is important to contact a skilled and experienced attorney immediately if you are charged or are being investigated for sexual battery as we will be able to immediately begin crafting your defense and investigating the matter.
If you have been arrested or are facing charges for sexual battery, contact one of our attorneys who are prepared to fight on your behalf. Contact us today for your FREE CONSULTATION.