Tampa Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is a serious crime that can result in severe penalties for those convicted. If you or someone you know was accused of sexual assault or battery in Tampa, Florida, the consequences can include imprisonment, hefty fines, mandatory registration as a sex offender, and more. Because the effects of a sexual crime conviction can negatively impact an individual for years-on-end, anyone who has been accused of sexual assault is encouraged to seek legal counsel with an experienced Tampa sex crimes lawyer.
The legal team at Whittel & Melton understands the devastating effects that accompany a sexual assault conviction. Our attorneys work diligently to craft an aggressive defense strategy to protect your rights and help reduce – or even eliminate – the penalties you are facing. Contact us today to schedule a FREE and confidential case evaluation. Our team will review the details of the allegation, speak to police and witnesses, and determine the best strategy to fight your charges.What Is Sexual Assault?
In Tampa and across Florida, sexual assault is considered any form of physical attack, including touching, kissing, groping, or sexual intercourse that is non-consensual. Oftentimes, those accused of sexual assault committed the act while the “victim” was incapacitated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The alleged victim may have even already been in a relationship with the alleged offender.
Although sexual assault often implies the use of force and/or violence, it can also involve the use of coercion. Likewise, one of the most severe forms of sexual assault – rape – does not necessarily have to involve the use of violence. The one thing all acts of sexual assault have in common is that they were not consensual acts.
If you were accused of sexual assault, a Tampa sex crimes lawyer can provide you with aggressive legal defense. Our team represents both adults and minors (persons under 18 years of age) accused of the following forms of sexual assault:
- Unwanted sexual touching, including kissing, fondling, or groping
- Forced sexual penetration
- Forced sodomy
- Any sexual contact with a minor (whether the alleged perpetrator is an adult or a minor themselves)
- Rape or attempted rape
Penalties for sexual assault crimes in Florida are among the most severe of all criminal offenses. While individual penalties may vary, the severity of the punishment often depends on the age of the victim. If the victim is 11 years of age or younger, maximum penalties may be imposed, which may even include the death penalty. Because of the dire nature of these types of offenses, those accused of sexual assault are encouraged to speak with an experienced sexual crimes lawyer in Tampa as soon as possible.
Penalties for sexual assault in Tampa may include the following:
- Probation or parole
- Court-ordered rehabilitation
- Court-ordered counseling
- Mandatory registration as a sex offender
If you have been accused of committing an act of sexual assault, it is important to seek legal counsel immediately. A sexual assault conviction can result in years of imprisonment and other harsh penalties that can impact your life for several years – if not indefinitely.
A Tampa sex crimes lawyer at our firm can help you explore your options and the best possible legal defense to combat the accusations brought against you. To learn more about how our legal team can assist you in fighting your sexual assault case, contact us today online or by phone at 866-608-5529 for FREE consultation.