Sexual Battery can be punished with Life Imprisonment or Death

Under both federal and state laws, crimes that cause innocent victims severe harm are considered serious offenses and are, thus, exacted with heavy punishments, like costly fines and/or years in imprison; some offenders are even sentenced to life imprisonment.

In a number of states, serious crimes include sexual battery, among many others. Sexual battery refers to unwanted or non-consensual touching or sexual contact. It does not have to involve sexual intercourse or penetration, as in the case of rape. In a number of jurisdictions, sexual battery is referred to as criminal sexual contact and it can be committed in many different ways, like grabbing or fondling a woman’s breast, forcing a kiss on the mouth, patting a person’s buttocks, forcing the victim to touch the offender’s intimate body part, or touching the victim’s genital area – all these acts are committed by an offender for the purpose of arousing or sexually gratifying himself/herself.

Victims of sexual battery can include a relative, a classmate, a neighbor, an acquaintance, a co-worker, a friend, a dating partner, or even a spouse. The law firm Horst Law says that sexual battery can be elevated to aggravated sexual battery, a Class B felony, if the offender committed the offense with the use of a weapon to force or coerce his/her victim, causes bodily harm, committed the offense with the help of another person, or if the victim is less than 13 years old.

Contrary to what many think that sexual battery is motivated by sexual desire, the act is rather an aggressive attack and a violent crime that is aimed at humiliating, hurting and controlling the victim through sex. In some jurisdictions, if the perpetrator of the crime is over 17 years old and the victim is below the age of 12, with the victim sustaining injuries to the sexual organ as a result of the assault, then the crime is considered a capital felony, the sentence for which can be life imprisonment or death.

Sex crime defense lawyers know how serious it is to be accused of a sex offense. It can be a very challenging case to defend, especially is the authorities are biased, working hard to prove the guilt of the accused, failing to consider the possibility of his/her innocence. In a trial case, though all evidence may seem directed at convicting the accused, a very strong defense may turn the tide and result to an acquittal. However, this may be possible only with the help of a highly-competent sex crime defense lawyer.

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