In Florida, sexual assault is called sexual battery. Florida statute 794.011 defines the charge as “any 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.”
But sexual assault can’t occur if you have your partner’s consent, and therein lies the rub.
What, exactly, is consent? This is a distinction an experienced criminal defense attorney knows well and can explain to you. Did you try to talk your partner into a sexual act? Did he or she then say yes? You might potentially be vulnerable if he or she decides to press charges, even if you thought you had his or her consent. You need a qualified criminal defense attorney to make sense of the situation for you.
Whether you had your partner’s technical consent, or whether other mitigating factors exist, the rest of your life may be on the line. A sexual assault or sexual battery charge carries some of the most heinous of implications and penalties. A conviction can stain your reputation for life. It’s vile in the public eye, and you may not be able to get past it.
Stop a nightmare of this sort before it starts. The attorneys at Katz & Phillips, P.A. are experienced in looking for and finding the little details of your charge that can make the difference between your imprisonment and a lifetime of embarrassment, or exoneration. A sexual assault charge is not something you want to try to handle on your own. Nor do you want to enlist the services of a lawyer who has not been down this road, with other clients, countless times before. Your future is at stake; don’t shortchange it.
Our consultations are confidential. We cannot repeat the details of anything you tell us. We are on your side. We can sort through your situation and find possible defenses. Your alternative may be a lifetime of mortification and a criminal record for something you are not guilty of. We can bring your defense to the attention of the prosecutor. Sometimes, we can downgrade the charges against you and sometimes we can erase them entirely.
Call our law firm for the representation that can make all the difference between a conviction (that your reputation might never recover from) and an exoneration (brought on by our firm bringing the facts to light). The sooner you contact us, the better we can help you.