Sexual Battery (Rape)

Clearwater Attorney Experienced in Sex Crime Cases

Attorney Will Hanlon vigorously represents people who have been charged with sexual battery under Florida law. This is a very serious crime that may lead to significant consequences. A conviction usually means not only significant penalties and jail time but also being publicly labeled as a sex offender. Clearwater sex crime lawyer Will Hanlon understands how important it is for people throughout the Tampa Bay area to have an aggressive and comprehensive legal defense. He works tirelessly to ensure that the people whom he represents have their voices heard throughout the criminal justice process.

Fighting Charges of Sexual Battery or Rape

Sexual battery is another term for rape. A person who uses their sexual organs or an object to have oral, anal, or vaginal contact with another person without that person’s consent is guilty of the crime. This includes situations in which the victim was forced or coerced into the contact, as well as situations in which the victim was incapacitated at the time and unable to consent.

Sexual battery starts as a second-degree felony, which is usually punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and as much as 15 years in prison. These penalties are harsher for defendants who qualify as habitual offenders under state law. The fines and jail time also increase in cases in which the sexual battery is considered a first-degree felony. These include situations in which the defendant allegedly used narcotics or threats of violence to coerce the victim, or threatened to retaliate against the victim or another person if the victim did not submit. Offenses against victims under the age of 18 may also be subject to enhanced penalties.

Defendants may struggle with the stigma that comes from a record as a sex offender. If you are convicted, your home address will be listed in the state sex offender registry upon your release. That information, along with your photo, will also be publicly shared by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on its website. Everyone will know of your conviction, and you may be more likely to be suspected if a similar crime occurs in your area.

A person charged with sexual battery should promptly seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. These cases often involve complicated consent questions that should be fully investigated by an attorney. Depending on your circumstances, a seasoned advocate can also try to help you prove that you did not commit the crime by establishing that you were elsewhere at the time. In the event of a conviction, there are various technicalities that may mean the difference between a first-degree and second-degree offense. The guidance of an attorney is critical in ensuring that these technicalities are properly investigated and asserted if appropriate.

Contact a Sex Crime Lawyer in the Clearwater Area

With over two decades of experience, Clearwater sex crime attorney Will Hanlon understands how stressful it may be to be charged with a serious crime, for both the person charged and their family. You should not take a chance when your freedom is at risk. If you have been charged with a crime in the Tampa Bay area, Hanlon Law is here to guide you through every step of the process. We also represent people in Tampa and St. Petersburg, among other surrounding cities. Call 727.897.5413 or contact us online to schedule a free appointment with Will Hanlon. He is also available if you need a domestic violence lawyer or assistance in fighting charges of drug crimes, DUI, or violent crimes.