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Sexual Battery with a Deadly Weapon in Fort Walton Beach

If you have been arrested for Sexual Battery with a Deadly Weapon in Fort Walton Beach, you probably already know that 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.

My name is Tim Flaherty. I’m the owner of Flaherty Defense Firm, a criminal defense law firm in Fort Walton Beach. I have been defending clients since 2001, with extensive experience in sexually related cases. I am available 24/7 to talk to you, so give me a call at (850) 243-6097.

Sexual Battery with 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 a Deadly Weapon is 1st degree felony. Just the threat of using 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.

Defending your Fort Walton Beach Sexual Battery with 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 inexperienced 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.

I will attack and pick apart every aspect of the state’s case against you. I will subpoena the witnesses against you and question them under oath to poke holes in their story and develop defense strategies. If you gave a statement to the police, I will investigate whether or not it was coerced or properly taken, and if appropriate, I will file a motion to exclude your statement from evidence.

Contact a Fort Walton Beach Sexual Battery with 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 sexually related crime is instantly discredited by police and society and you should expect to be in for a long fight.

If you have been charged with Sexual Battery With a Deadly Weapon in Fort Walton Beach, call me at (850) 243-6097 and get the help you need. I am available 24/7 and the first visit is free and confidential.

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