Florida law provides powerful protection for the victims of sexual assault, and cases of this type are often slanted in favor of the alleged victim. Sexual assault accusations are in many cases easy to make and difficult to defend. Due to the heinous nature of the crime, the defendant not only has to fight the evidence but also the damage of the major social stigma associated with the allegations. There are, however, ways to effectively defend against such charges, and when you come to the Law Offices of Richard Tendler for a confidential consultation we will take the time to review your case and discuss all of your options.
There are many cases on record where the alleged victim of sexual assault has leveled false accusations, such as if the defendant is a former romantic partner and the accuser is attempting to take revenge for unfaithfulness or desertion. In other cases, false accusations may be used to gain the upper hand in a divorce - such as making child abuse accusations in order to secure sole child custody. In cases where the alleged perpetrator and the victim do not have a pre-existing relationship, it may be possible to beat the charges by demonstrating that the defendant has been wrongfully identified as the perpetrator. The key to success in defending against sexual assault charges is to hire a West Palm Beach sex crime lawyer as early as possible- contact us now!
There are several factors which determine the sentence for a sexual assault offense. These include the ages of the victim and the perpetrator, whether the perpetrator threatened to use a deadly weapon and whether the act was achieved through the use of force likely to cause serious personal injury. The penalties for rape depend on whether it is charged as a second- or first-degree felony or a capital felony, but can range up to 30 years or life in prison and fines as high as $15,000. Your future may be at stake-don't take any chances with the outcome of your case! Let us fight to defend your rights and your freedom.