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Sexual Battery

California treats the sex crime of sexual battery sternly. Sexual battery has a broad definition that can cover a multitude of crimes. Charges can be unwarranted and a person can be falsely accused. If you are in this situation, it is important to obtain a strong defense team against the claims. A medical practitioner can be mistakenly charged for sexual battery when the touching was entirely innocent. These situations have severe consequences because of the low tolerance for sexual crimes in California. It is best to take immediate action if you find yourself in a similar situation.

California Penal Code §243.4

Sexual battery is described under California Penal Code §243.4 as the unwarranted and intentional touching of another person's intimate parts. The touching is against the will of the party who was touched. This crime is committed when the offender:

  • Touches an intimate body part while the individual is unlawfully restrained
  • Touches an intimate body part of a disabled or incapacitated individual
  • Touches an intimate body part of an individual for sexual arousal or sexual abuse
  • Forces a victim to touch the intimate party of the offender or third party for sexual arousal
  • Touches an intimate body party of an individual against the victim's will

Facing Battery Charges

Sexual battery can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. To decide which road to take, the prosecutors consider the defendant's criminal record and the circumstances of the event. Serious sexual battery cases that are charged as felonies can be punished by two, three, or four years in prison. Fines of up to $10,000 and mandatory registration as a sex offender are also typical.

When it comes to sexual battery, many innocent people are accused of this crime. If you have been falsely accused of committing a sex crime, it is essential to act quickly. There are many situations that can lead to false accusations of sexual battery. Sex crime defendants tend to be publicly judged guilty until proven innocent because of the low tolerance of sex crimes. Call our firm today to receive a strong defense against your charge.

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