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As with any type of criminal charges, sexual assault charges in Florida should not be taken lightly. Aside from the penalties and fines associated with criminal charges in general, sexual assault charges in Florida also carry long-term consequences such as being listed as a registered sex offender.
Sexual assault, also known as rape, sexual abuse and sexual battery is defined by the Florida Statutes as “oral, anal or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object.” The only exception is when the act is done for a bona fide medical purpose.
Sexual assault charges in Florida may come about when the accused is suspected to have performed any of the above actions without consent of the victim, or when the victim is of a certain age. The most common form of sexual assault charge in Florida is when you are accused of forcing someone into a sexual act against his or her will.
Sexual assault charges are usually very focused on personal testimony of the accused and the victim. There are many other events which can also bring about criminal charges of sexual assault, even though you did not use physical force. If you are 18 years of age or older and are found to have engaged in sexual activity with a person less than 12 years of age, this can often be charged as sexual assault.
Depending on the nature of the act, your age, the age of the victim, and your relationship to the victim, the criminal charges and penalties you face can vary greatly. After reviewing your situation, your attorney will help you fight these charges in court.
If you are convicted of sexual assault charges in Florida that do not result in life imprisonment or the death penalty, your punishment does not end once you are out of prison. Upon release, those with criminal charges for sexually related crimes such as sexual assault are required to register with the Florida sexual offender system.
Because sexual assault charges in Florida are criminal offenses, they will result in you having to disclose this information to your employer on a job application. You will have to affirm that you do have a criminal record, and your registration on the Florida sexual offenders registry will be available for potential employers to see.
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