Clearwater Sex Crime Attorney
Sex crimes are some of the most harmful acts that one person can do to another, and therefore the prosecution holds no blows when it comes to convicting an alleged attacker, and the punishments are always severe. With DNA testing, the prosecution has another tool to help convict defendants, though the same can be said for the defense team. While DNA testing does not always exonerate an alleged attacker, it can be used in their favor. Furthermore, an experienced criminal defense team has knowledge to look at the DNA testing and determine if the results are, in fact, credible. Often, expert witnesses are used to help throw out faulty or shoddy testing. If you have been accused of any type of sex crime, you need the most experienced, aggressive, and ingenuitive Clearwater sex crime attorneys at your side immediately. Contact the Clearwater law office of Roman & Roman today for a free consultation.
Definition of Sex Crimes
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the following definitions are used for rape (also called sexual battery) and sexual assault:
Rape is the “forced sexual intercourse including both psychological coercion as well as physical force. Forced sexual intercourse means penetration by the offender(s)”. This includes attempted rape (including a verbal threat of rape), rape by both male or female, and heterosexual or same sex.
Sexual assault is a more broad term, which encompasses a “wide range of victimizations, separate from rape or attempted rape. These crimes include attacks or attempted attacks generally involving unwanted sexual contact between victim and offender.” A sexual assault does not always use force or physically harmful violence, and can be a simple and quick grab, fondle, or verbal threat.
Sexual Assault Declined in the Past 20 Years, However So Too Has All Violent Crime
The rate of sexual assault has been on a decline from the 1990s, ever since it was originally recorded. Sexual violence declined by 58% from 1995 to 2010, among women aged 12 or more, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. However, violent crime in general has been on a major decline since the 1990s, with the U.S. National Victim Survey reporting that violent crime has been reduced by 71% from 1993 to 2013, according to Forbes, showing that sex crimes have not followed the same trend. With sex crimes still occurring on a tremendous level, there were 270,000 in 2010, Florida courts never go easy on the violent sex crimes. Depending on the age of the victim, and the age of the defendant, the punishment can be anywhere from a maximum of 25 to 30 years in prison, life in prison, or the death penalty if the victim was under 12 years of age.
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If you have been accused of sexual battery or another form of sexual assault, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately for skilled criminal defense. Call 877-767-1032 to talk to one of our experienced Clearwater sex crimes defense attorneys with the Clearwater law offices of Roman & Roman today.