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Crestview Sexual Battery and Rape Attorney

At Flaherty Defense Firm, we recognize that accusations of sexual battery and rape are very serious and require a great deal of sensitivity. Because of the nature of this accusation, people—including the jury—often assume from the very beginning that the defendant is guilty. This necessitates an immediate and aggressive defense. In addition to that, being accused of sexual violence can also have an effect on the accused’s family and local reputation. Cases with stakes this high require an experienced attorney who knows the possibilities and potential outcomes of these cases.

As a person accused of a sex crime, you have an important decision to make. You can either put your freedom in the hands of an overworked, state-employed public defender or you can choose a team of dedicated attorneys to fight for your rights. Your choice of defense counsel can be the difference between having to register as a sex offender and the complete dismissal of the charge. If you or someone you love has been accused of sexual battery or rape, contact a Crestview sexual battery and rape attorney from Flaherty Defense Firm.

Sexual Battery or Rape under Local and State Law

In Florida state law, sexual battery is an umbrella term—which covers rape—for sexual contact initiated by one person against another who is not consenting, mentally incapacitated, physically helpless, or mentally ill.

In order to convict a suspect of sexual battery or rape in the state of Florida, the State must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that “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 state punishment for sexual battery can be anywhere from 15 years to life in prison. If convicted of a sex crime in Crestview or Okaloosa County, you will most likely face a lengthy minimum sentence of many years in prison as well as be required to register as a sex offender upon your release. With this much on the line, it’s important that you have an attorney with extensive experience and knowledge of sex crime litigation who can fight for the least severe punishment possible.

The Defense Process

In our experience, we have discovered that it is best when clients avoid talking to the police without consulting us first. In cases like these, public opinion, including the opinions of the police officers and investigators interviewing you, will be against you. Do not make any comments or answer any questions until you have spoken with an attorney.

In most of these cases, the main focus will be on the alleged victim or complaining witness. You have the right under the 6th Amendment to confront your accuser and that is exactly what we will do. If someone is lying, or has a motive to lie, we will find out and we will use that to your benefit with the goal of getting your case dismissed.

When you consult with us, we will calculate a potential penalty to estimate how strong the case against you is. Based on this calculation, our legal team will begin building a defense. Most of the time, these cases either end up in trial, or they get dismissed. While we always explore the possibility of a plea bargain, we understand that for most of our clients, they want their day in court and they do not want a conviction for sexual assault on their record.

Contact Our Crestview Sexual Battery and Rape Attorney

If you or someone you love is being investigated for sexual battery or rape in Crestview or Okaloosa County, call our offices at (850) 398-8098 immediately. If you are being detained, we will work to secure your release, and then get straight to work once you’re in the comfort of your home. The legal team at Flaherty Defense Firm knows what to do to give you or your loved one an aggressive criminal defense and the best chance at continuing a normal life.

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