Sexual Battery Defense Attorneys in Los Angeles
What is sexual battery according to California Penal Code 243.4?
Under California Penal Code section 243.4, it is illegal to touch an intimate part of another person against his or her will for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification or sexual abuse. The sexual assault lawyers at Law Advocate Group, LLP explain the sentencing and punishment for sexual battery in California pursuant to Penal Code 243.4, as well as what the prosecution needs to prove in order to convict you of this offense. If you need an experienced attorney to represent you during this difficult time, contact one of our professionals today for immediate assistance. In order to convict you of Sexual Battery in California, the prosecution must prove the following:
- You touched an intimate part of the victim; AND
- The touching was done against the victim’s will; AND
- The touching was done for the specific purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification or sexual abuse
Defenses to a sexual battery charge
Your sexual assault lawyer can raise a number of sexual battery defenses on your behalf. For example, your attorney can argue:
- The victim consented to the touching
- You did not touch an intimate part of the victim
- You did not touch the victim for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification or sexual abuse
- Your conduct is protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Each of these defenses can be raised depending upon the facts of your individual case. Be sure to consult a California sexual assault lawyer at Law Advocate Group, LLP to learn more.
Sexual battery sentencing and punishment
According to California Penal Code section 243.4, the sentencing for a sexual battery conviction depends upon whether the crime is charged as a misdemeanor or felony. The offense will be charged as a felony if any of the following circumstances are present.
- You unlawfully restrained the victim
- The victim was institutionalized
- You used false representation
- You touched the bare skin of the victim’s intimate part or caused the victim’s bare skin to touch your intimate part
If charged as a felony, the offense is punishable by 2, 3 or 4 years in county jail and a maximum $10,000 fine. If charged as a misdemeanor, the offense is punishable by up to 6 months in county jail and a maximum $2,000 fine. Regardless of whether the offense is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, the court may require you to register as a sex offender if you are convicted of sexual battery.
Experienced With Sexual Battery Defense Cases in Los Angeles County
Far too often there is not enough evidence to clear a defendant’s accusations of sexual assault charges. Sometimes when consent is actually given, an offended person may deny that such consent was ever given. There are numerous defenses that apply to sexual battery charges, but only an experienced defense lawyer can help evaluate the strength of the prosecution’s word against yours.
Our Los Angeles Sexual Battery Defense Attorneys have over 80 years in combined courtroom experience.
Our Los Angeles Sexual Battery Defense Attorneys are based in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles where our lawyers have acquired over 80 years of combined experience in legal representation. Our skills and knowledge are a top resource for our clients that has been recognized by industry peers and judges. If you have a criminal matter specifically involving Sexual Battery please take a moment to fill out the form below so that we may get in contact with you.
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