Child Molestation Charges in Florida
Child molestation is defined as forced penetration of the sexual organs
of a minor, whether by the offenders sexual organs or by foreign object
in order to gain sexual stimulation. In Florida State law, an act of child
molestation may be charged as
sexual battery on a child. Elements of this sexual battery statute include the attempt
of, or successful commission of child molestation in addition to causing
injury to the victims' sexual organs.
These are serious charges, and accused individuals should seek the assistance
of a Punta Gorda criminal defense lawyer or potentially face a criminal
trial without adequately preparing for their defense. Leskovich Law Group,
P.A. has extensive knowledge in all matters of sex crimes including child
child pornography, and can play a valuable role in your pursuit of an effective
There are a variety of penalties associated with sexual battery of a child
in Florida, depending on the details of the alleged offense. Sexual battery
with injury committed against a minor under the age of 12 is a life felony
for those under 18, and is punishable by life imprisonment or a split
sentence of at least 25 years in prison followed by probation or community
control for the rest of the life of the convicted individual. For those
18 and older, the same offense may result in a capital felony which will
impose a sentence of death, or at best, life in prison with no chance
of parole. First degree felonies are filed in cases that are believed
to involve a victims' helplessness, coercion, threats, administration
of intoxicating substances, incapacitation, mental disability or if the
accused offender is an officer of the law, correctional officer or probation
officer. First degree felony convictions carry prison terms up to 30 years
or life in some cases. Committing sexual battery on a minor aged 12 to
17 without consent or physical force may be convicted of a second degree
felony, which can lead to a life behind bars for up to 15 years.
Charged with molestation in Punta Gorda?
The stigma that surrounds child molestation charges can be very difficult
to shake, and may have an impact on the process of getting a fair trial.
As an experienced criminal defense group in Southwest Florida, Leskovich
Law Group, P.A. is skilled at overcoming the inherent bias in sex crime
cases to pursue what is of vital importance: your freedom. Our firm has
worked with clients in a wide range of criminal cases including
sex crimes like
statutory rape, child pornography and
prostitution. We are well-versed in Florida criminal statutes, and have worked hard
to give our clients the opportunity to have a quality defense presented
on their behalf.
As a respected client, you will come to learn that our firm is focused
and dedicated. We will do everything possible to build your defense from
a logical place, offering compelling defense arguments to cast doubt on
the charges you face. With over 25 years of experience in the field, our
firm can be trusted to have your freedom and your interests at the forefront
of any actions we take.
Contact our firm if you are preparing for a potential child molestation charge and want
to discuss your options with a qualified legal professional.