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Sexual Assault

Lakeland Criminal Defense Attorney

Sexual assault is one of the most serious criminal charges in Florida and as a result, you need serious legal representation on your side if you have been charged with this offense. Sexual assault according to Florida Statutes Section 800.04 is the "forcing of unwanted sexual behavior to one person to another." Broken down simply, sexual assault involves the "oral, anal or vaginal penetration by the sexual organ or another or any other object" (Florida Statute 794.011).

Penalties You Could Face

Sexual assault is a felony offense and if you are convicted of this offense you could face prison time from 10 to 15 years. You could also be required to pay a $10,000 fine and be registered as a sex offender. Because sexual assault cases are emotionally provocative and highly media covered, state and federal prosecutors are often placed under a lot of pressure to secure guilty verdicts.

However, it is not uncommon for someone who is jealous, bitter or confused to falsely accuse someone of sexual assault; also because sexual assault is taken so seriously, teachers and other professionals are required to report anything they hear (even if it is based on erroneous information). At other times, sexual activity is consensual, and for one reason or another, an individual will claim that he/she was sexually assaulted. All of these factors make it easy for individuals charged with sexual assault to be merely victims of false accusations and misinformation.

Were you falsely accused? It is crucial you secure legal representation immediately. The stigma of a sex crime can tarnish your criminal record and reputation and make it difficult to secure future educational and employment opportunities. Few things are as crippling as a sexual assault conviction. The community stigma can last for a lifetime, so let us fight for your innocence before it is too late!

Charged with sexual assault? We can help you!

There are many defenses available to you, such as lack of evidence or unreliable witnesses and we will utilize DNA experts, fiber analysts and forensic specialists as we fight to uphold your innocence! If photos or computer files were seized, we will make sure search and seizure protocol was properly followed by police. If it was not, we might be able to have your charges dismissed or reduced!

We are extremely sensitive to your situation and will do everything we can to honor your privacy and maintain your anonymity. We will exercise strict confidentiality throughout your case! With more than 35 years of legal experience behind us, we are not only seasoned legal experts, but also individuals that are trustworthy and who truly care about what you are going through.

We understand that you are dealing with humiliation and emotional reactions from individuals around you and we will do everything we can to minimize the stress, embarrassment and anxiety you are experiencing. Fill out our free case evaluation today or call Ayo & Iken, PLC at (863) 949-0388 to schedule your free consultation!

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