Sexual battery, or rape, is perhaps the most stigmatizing crime of which a person can be accused. A mere allegation of rape is enough to destroy a reputation, career, and family. As such, a person facing this serious felony needs an experienced criminal defense attorney handle the case. Adam L. Bantner, II is such a lawyer that has been representing those accused of sex crimes since 2008. Call Adam today at 813.416.7965 for your free consultation. This consultation is the start of a partnership that could save your future!
The crime of “sexual battery” encompasses multiple felonies that largely depend on the age of the accused and the age of the alleged victim at the time of the crime. For example, a sexual battery committed upon a person less than 12 years old by a person over the age of 18 is a capital felony punishable by mandatory life in prison. The Statute below contains the many variations of the crime.
Finally, a person serving a sentence for sexual battery is not eligible for basic gain time. “Gain time” shortens a person’s sentence because of that person’s good behavior while in custody.
Sometimes otherwise law-abiding citizens get caught up in a law enforcement sting to catch “sexual predators” who are looking for sex with someone under the age of consent (usually 18-years-old). These citizens get online looking for a person over the age of 18 and after a few hours or days of sexual conversation, the person on the other end (usually a cop) will tell the target that they are 14-years-old. Obviously, at this point the person should have ended the conversation and walked away. However, some are so worked up at this point that the age doesn’t even matter; so they then travel to meet this person. After they arrive at the destination, they are arrested and now face up to a fifteen-year prison sentence for traveling and a five-year sentence for the solicitation!
If you are facing this charge in the Tampa Bay region, call Adam L. Bantner, II at 813.416.7965 for your free consultation! We can help!
These charges are difficult but, depending on the specific facts of the case, they are defend-able. Additionally, if you have been charged with both solicitation of a minor and traveling to meet a minor, you cannot be convicted of both. State v. Shelley, 176 So.3d 914 (Fla. 2015).