West Palm Beach Sex Assault & Battery Attorneys

Sexual Assault Attorneys in West Palm Beach

More than any other type of crime, allegations of sexual misconduct carry a stigma that may seriously impact a defendant’s life, regardless of whether he or she is ultimately convicted in a court of law.

Our West Palm Beach defense lawyers recognize this and move immediately and aggressively to protect a defendant’s rights, both in the court of law and in the court of public opinion. These types of cases require an experienced, proactive defense from the outset and are always best handled by an experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense law firm.

Charges carry great weight in court of public opinion. Convictions can result in years of legal issues and a lifetime of sanctions, including mandatory registration as a sexual offender or sexual predator. In many cases, defendants may even be held in custody after their sentence is completed, particularly if authorities are not satisfied that appropriate living arrangements are available.

Defendants facing charges involving sex crimes are always best served by immediate consultation with an experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney.

Sexual Battery & Rape Defense

Under F.S. 794.011, sexual battery, more commonly called rape, is committed when a person has non-consenual vaginal, oral or anal contact with another person using a sexual organ or object.

The penalties for conviction will be determined based on many factors, including the age of the victim, the age of the offender, and the presence of any aggravating circumstances. At a minimum, sexual battery (rape) is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, 15 years of sex offender probation and a $10,000 fine.

Sexual Battery Aggravating Circumstances

Aggravated sexual battery is a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison, 30 years sex offender probation and a $10,000 fine. Aggravating factors include:

  • Victim is physically incapacitated or helpless.
  • Coercion by force or threats.
  • Victim is drugged into incapacitation.
  • Victim suffers from a known mental defect.
  • Offender is in a position of authority or control, such as a law enforcement officer, teacher, or agent or employee of the government.
  • Sexual battery on a victim under the age of 12 (punishable by life).
  • Sexual battery with a deadly weapon (punishable by life).
  • Sexual battery likely to cause serious personal injury.

Those convicted of sexual battery are ineligible for gain time and must serve their entire sentence before applying for release. Once released, they must comply with sexual offender or sexual predator notification laws, often for the remainder of their lives and, under the Adam Walsh Act, will be ineligible to ever petition for removal from state and federal registration databases.

Sexual Battery Defense

The truth of the matter is that those charged with sex crimes face many challenges, both in a court of law and the court of public opinion. Only the most experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense law firms should be trusted with these types of cases.

Two primary defenses include:

  • Consent (of an adult).
  • False allegations.

However, the courts are often reluctant to put an alleged victim on trial and there are many roadblocks to mounting these types of defenses. That’s why our veteran West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers are committed to building a comprehensive defense from the earliest stages of these cases.

The experienced Palm Beach defense lawyers at Salnick Law, P.A. represent clients facing criminal charges in Palm Beach County and throughout the area, including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Riviera Beach, Greenacres, Lantana and Palm Springs.

Call 561-471-1000 today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.

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