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Sexual Battery with Great Force or a Deadly Weapon in Fort Walton Beach

If you or a family member has been arrested for Sexual Battery with Force or Deadly Weapon in Fort Walton Beach, the time to act is now. These types of cases are among the most aggressively prosecuted in Fort Walton Beach and you are facing severe penalties and punishment if convicted. Being accused of a sexual crime is a horrifying experience and you should not have to face it alone. At Flaherty Defense Firm, we dedicate our practice to defending those charged with serious criminal offenses. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions, so call us now at (850) 243-6097 to find out how we can help you or your loved one.

Sexual Battery with Great Force or a Deadly Weapon under Florida Law

Florida Statute § 794.011 defines sexual battery as 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. The sexual battery charge is elevated to a higher level offense when force or a deadly weapon was used.

Sexual Battery with Great Force or a Deadly Weapon is 1st degree felony. Just the threat of using force or a weapon against someone while committing a sexual battery is enough to elevate the charge from regular sexual battery to a charge punishable by LIFE in prison.

A deadly weapon is considered any weapon that is used in a manner likely to cause death or great bodily harm. Keep in mind that the State does not have to prove that you actually had a deadly weapon. They only have to prove that you threatened to use one.

In addition to the possibility of life in prison, if you are convicted of sexual battery with great force or a deadly weapon in Fort Walton Beach, you are also looking at sex offender probation, a lifetime spot on the sexual predator registry and the stigma of being a violent sexual offender, a reputation that follows you in every aspect of life.

Defending your Fort Walton Beach Sexual Battery with Great Force or a Deadly Weapon Case

While any sexual battery charge is a very serious felony offense, the added element of violence aggravates the circumstances substantially. Law enforcement and the state attorney’s office will be seeking to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. With that being said, I also want to let you know that there is hope in defending these cases.

It is imperative to contact an attorney who has real experience defending sexually violent cases. Unfortunately, leaving your future in the hands of a state funded public defender or traffic crime attorney will NOT cut it. If you are convicted of sexual battery with force or a weapon, you will be facing LIFE in prison. You need an advocate to fight the allegations against you. Our team at Flaherty Defense Firm will examine all of the state’s evidence against you, conduct depositions of the state’s witnesses, and attack the basis for your arrest. If you gave a statement to the police, we will investigate whether or not it was coerced and file subsequent motions in order to secure a favorable result for you.

Contact a Fort Walton Beach Sexual Battery with Great Force or a Deadly Weapon Attorney

Do not sit around waiting for your first court date or to see if these charges will just go away. I am here to tell you that these charges are not just dismissed because you tell law enforcement you are innocent. Anyone charged with a sex-related crime is instantly discredited by both police and society and you should expect to be in for a long fight.

If you have been charged with Sexual Battery With Great Force or With a Deadly Weapon in Fort Walton Beach, call Flaherty Defense Firm at (850) 243-6097 and get the help you need. We are available 24/7 and the first visit is free and confidential.

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