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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Selecting an experienced sexual assault lawyer is crucial for navigating the complexities of sexual assault cases. At Salnick Law, P.A., we prioritize a personalized defense strategy and ensure our clients' rights are rigorously protected. We understand the sensitivity of these cases and offer discreet and compassionate legal assistance.
Facing sexual assault charges can be daunting. Our West Palm Beach sexual assault defense attorneys bring expertise in analyzing evidence, negotiating with prosecutors, and representing you in court. Our approach is tailored to each client's unique situation, ensuring the best possible defense.
Quick legal intervention is crucial in sexual assault cases. Early engagement with a sexual assault lawyer ensures that your rights are protected from the start. If you're facing such charges, don't hesitate to reach out to us for a strategic defense plan tailored to your case.
A conviction for sexual assault can lead to significant legal repercussions, including imprisonment, fines, and a lasting impact on your personal and professional life. Our skilled sexual assault attorneys in West Palm Beach can provide a robust defense to mitigate these consequences.
Our approach is comprehensive, considering all aspects of your case. We meticulously review evidence, work on effective defense strategies, and ensure your story is heard. For more details on how we can assist you, contact us.

Additional Information for West Palm Beach

About Sexual Assault - National Sexual Violence Resource Center - Detailed information on the concept of consent, the impact of sexual violence, and the complexities surrounding these issues. It’s an essential read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of sexual assault.
Legal Dilemmas when Victims of Sexual Assault are Voluntarily Intoxicated - Legal challenges in prosecuting sexual assault cases where the victim is voluntarily intoxicated. It highlights the evolving legal landscape in treating victims of sexual assault and the shift towards a nonjudgmental approach.
The Consent Defense in Criminal Law Cases - Justia: This resource outlines the legal concept of consent in criminal law, particularly in sexual assault cases. It details the requirements that must be present to establish consent and discusses scenarios where consent is a viable defense.
Sexual Violence Resources - CDC: Definitions, key terms, statistics, language considerations, and resources to aid in understanding and reporting about sexual violence.
How To Prove Innocence When Falsely Accused Of Sexual Assault - Halt.org: Guidance on how to prove innocence when falsely accused of sexual assault. This resource can be crucial for someone seeking to navigate the legal complexities of such accusations.

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