Strong Criminal Defense Against Child Molestation Allegations
Florida law defines child molestation as the penetration of a minor’s genitals by the perpetrator’s genitals or a foreign object. The formal criminal charge for this act is known as sexual battery on a child. The consequences of a conviction can permanently harm your career, education opportunities, personal relationships and freedom.
If you face accusations of molesting a child or have been charged with sexual battery on a child, seek help from Leskovich Law Group, P.A. Based in Punta Gorda, our team of defense lawyers has more than 50 combined years of experience handling sex crime cases, including child pornography and statutory rape. We know how to investigate the evidence, construct a defense and protect your rights during a plea negotiation or a trial.
What Are The Potential Penalties?
The severity of the penalties for a sexual battery conviction depend on several factors. These can include the age of the offender, the age of the victim and whether it is a first offense or a repeat offense. For instance:
- If the victim was younger than 12 and the offender was under 18, the offense is a felony that has a sentence of at least 25 years of incarceration along with lifetime probation. These cases can also result in life in prison.
- If the victim was younger than 12 and the offender was over 18, the sentence could include life in prison without parole or the death penalty.
- If the victim was 12 to 17, the crime is a second-degree felony that can lead to up to 15 years in prison.
- If the victim was intoxicated, has a mental disability, or was threatened or coerced, it is a first-degree felony. This has a sentence of 30 years to life in prison.
The mere allegation of a sexual offense has a harsh negative stigma. You might feel as if you do not have the presumption of innocence that the law guarantees you. This can make it difficult to have a fair trial. We can level the playing field and help the district attorney, judge or jury understand your side of the story.
Committed To Fighting For Your Freedom
When you work with us, we prioritize your freedom above all else. As your criminal defense team, we are dedicated to exploring every defense strategy available to us. From casting doubt on the prosecution’s case to gathering exonerating evidence, you can trust that there is nothing we won’t do to fight for you.