What You Need To Know About Sexual Assault Law In Florida.
People who are charged with a sex crime in Florida should be aware of the nature of the charges, as well as the possible penalties they may face upon conviction.
Sexual assault is any actual, threatened, or attempted sexual contact made against another individual without their consent. Florida´s statute includes vaginal, anal, or oral penetration by another or a foreign object in its definition.
This type of crime includes but is not limited to:
- Rape and attempted rape.
- Any sexual act that involves violence, or use of deception upon the victim.
- Any sexual act committed when the victim is unable to give consent.
- Intentional sexual touching without effective consent
- Coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force a person to touch a perpetrator, themselves, or a third party when such touching would be reasonably and objectively offensive.
- Sexual intimidation, which may include stalking or cyberstalking, or threatening to commit a sexual act upon another individual without their consent.
Penalties for sexual assault.
Sexual assault is considered a felony, whether the act was only attempted or actually committed. It can result in a second-degree felony conviction. This means up to fifteen years in prison and fines up to $10,000. However, it could be charged to a life felony conviction with the possibility of life imprisonment and fines up to $15,000.
If the sex crime was committed against a minor, the penalties faced by the offender will change. If the offender is a minor, and the victim is under the age of 12, the defendant may be charged with a life felony, punishable with at least 25 years in prison.
Every case is different, and the actual sentence depends on factors such as the victim´s age, the age of the offender, and the overall circumstances surrounding the crime.
Since these cases often rely heavily on the victim´s testimony, they can be difficult to defend, which is why it is very important to have an experienced criminal attorney on your side. Attorney Russell Spatz has more than 40 years of experience. To discuss your criminal matter, please call the Spatz Law Firm, PL, at 305-442-0200.