Sexual Battery in California
Our Ventura Criminal Defense Lawyer is Ready to Fight Tirelessly for You
In California, sexual battery is defined as touching the intimate part
of another individual against his or her will and for the specific purpose
of either sexual gratification, sexual arousal, or sexual abuse. Unlike
rape or sexual assault, sexual battery does not require that the offender
engage in actual penetration or sexual intercourse.
If you were recently arrested and charged with sexual battery in Ventura County,
The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert understands what it takes to get the most favorable results possible. Our
Ventura criminal defense attorney has been helping clients involved in
sex crimes obtain successful outcomes for over a decade. We can investigate your
arrest, collect and analyze evidence, and build an effective defense strategy
just for you.
Penalties for Sexual Battery
Sexual battery can be either a misdemeanor or a felony.
Examples of misdemeanor sexual battery include putting your hands on someone
else’s rear-end without their consent or intentionally fondling
someone else’s genitals without consent. A misdemeanor is punishable
by a maximum county jail sentence of six months and a fine of up to $2,000
– or up to $3,000 if the alleged victim was an employee.
A felony sexual battery charge may apply if the alleged victim was:
- Unlawfully restrained
- Forced to masturbate or touch one of the offender’s intimate parts,
or parts of another person
- Institutionalize and either medically incapacitated or seriously disabled
- Unaware of the nature of the act due to being fraudulently convinced that
the touching was for professional purposes
If you are convicted of a felony sexual battery, you may face a prison
sentence of two, three, or four years, a fine of up to $10,000, and registration
as a sex offender. If the alleged victim sustains great bodily injury,
it is punishable by an additional three to five-year prison sentence.
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Whether you believe the touch was consensual or you are being falsely accused,
our experienced legal team has your back throughout the entire legal process.
We will do whatever it takes to either get your case dismissed altogether
or have your charges reduced significantly.
Contact us and schedule a
free case evaluation today.