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Fort Walton Beach Capital Sexual Battery Lawyer

A capital sexual battery case will not be dismissed because you are innocent or the alleged victim is lying. It will be up to you, with the help of a powerful defense team, to prove your innocence. A sexually related offense is considered by law enforcement to be one of the most heinous crimes. It is for that reason that law enforcement will pursue you until they get what they want. A capital sexual battery charge is not an offense that you should leave to the public defender or decide to handle on your own. Once charged with the offense you may be held without bond until your case is resolved.

There is no quick fix for a capital sexual battery charge and if you are convicted, the consequences will last the remainder of your life. If you have been charged or believe you are under investigation for a capital sexual battery offense, contact a Fort Walton Beach capital sexual battery lawyer at Flaherty Defense Firm immediately by calling (850) 243-6097. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to give you the answers and the protection you deserve.

What is Capital Sexual Battery in Fort Walton Beach?

Capital Sexual Battery is defined as a sexual battery where the alleged victim is under the age of 12 at the time of the offense. The penalty if you are convicted is LIFE in prison. A conviction for capital sexual battery does not allow for probation, early release, or parole.

Sexual battery is defined as the union of or penetration of the sexual organ by oral, anal, or vaginal act by a person or an object.

The police want to talk to me about a capital sexual battery charge – what should I do?

The most important advice I can give you is never speak to the police about a sexual battery offense. It may seem counterproductive to you right now but if law enforcement wants to speak with you about a sexual battery offense, DO NOT TALK TO THEM! Respectfully decline and contact my office immediately.

Why do I advise this? If the police had enough evidence to arrest you right now you would be behind bars. In most sexually related offenses, law enforcement has only what they have been told by the alleged victim. They are waiting on you to give them the details they lack. Do not do their job for them. If law enforcement wants to talk to you it means they already have you on their radar as a suspect but they do not have enough to arrest you.

The police are clever and know more than they will tell you. Their job is to secure an arrest by any means necessary. This means that they can trick you, persuade you, and give you false hope that they are going to help you. Do not be fooled by a “good cop” routine. Call our team today if law enforcement wants to talk to you about a capital sexual battery charge.

How can you defend me against a Capital Sexual Battery charge in Fort Walton Beach?

To defend someone from a capital sexual battery charge it takes a calculated defense based on years of experience. In many capital sexual battery cases, we are faced with a crime that has very little to no physical evidence and only the testimony of the alleged victim. Because the accuser in these cases is a minor, it is imperative that your defense be tailored specifically to the allegation.

With the stakes being LIFE in prison, we take the approach of preparing for trial from day one. What this means is that we explore all of the evidence (or lack thereof), conduct background investigations, interview witnesses, depose any witnesses (to include the alleged victim), review the child protection reports and interviews, and assess law enforcement’s involvement. In these cases we have not only the testimony of the alleged victim to focus on but also the entourage of counselors, child protection agents, and law enforcement officials to evaluate. Some of the areas we explore include:

  • We will look for inconsistencies, conflicting accounts, and improper procedure.
  • We will force the State to prove the allegation against you.
  • We will argue to limit the “story” the State wants to portray and force your story to be heard.
  • We will combat the State’s perception with an alternative account.
  • We will explore the potential for false allegation by the victim.
  • We will explore the possibility of involvement from other persons.

This allegation is what we call a life changer. If you are faced with a capital sexual battery charge in Fort Walton Beach, you need experience and sound advice immediately. The State is waiting to put you away for the rest of your life and they have the resources and drive to make that happen.

What makes Flaherty Defense Firm different from other attorneys?

Just because all attorneys go to law school does NOT make all attorneys the same. The level of skill it takes to defend this charge is higher than just about any other criminal charge in Fort Walton Beach. Many criminal attorneys refuse to handle these cases simply because the stakes are too high, or an attorney without the required level of experience will take the case, even though they aren’t qualified, just to get your money.

In all sexually related charges in Okaloosa County, the State utilizes a specialized prosecution team based out of the Children’s Advocacy Center. The prosecutor that will be assigned to your case is specifically trained and works only in cases involving sexual allegations against children. Because of this, you will need to ask yourself whether a general practice criminal attorney has the expertise to defend you against the State’s most experienced and highly trained prosecutors.

At Flaherty Defense Firm, we have been defending sexual related cases for over 14 years. We have developed strategic practice procedures specifically designed to combat sexual offense charges. Because we prepare every sex offense case from day one for trial, we are more than prepared to meet the State head-on and fight on your behalf. We have built a reputation with these cases as being the defense team that doesn’t back down. Give us a call and let us show you the difference that experience and aggressive action can make for you.

If you or a loved one have been accused of capital sexual battery in Fort Walton Beach, contact Flaherty Defense Firm today at (850) 243-6097. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for you.

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