Attorney Andrew D. Stine has been representing sexual assault, sexually battery, lewd or lascivious molestation, lewd and lascivious exhibition and all other sex crimes for over a decade. Recent victories have shown his track record in this very difficult matters.
On April 7, 2015 in case number 2014-CF-011214, Attorney Andrew D. Stine was able to assist his client, who was charged with sexually touching his 13-year-old daughter, in getting the felony dismissed. After several months of investigation the allegations, reviewing all doctor records, sitting down and interviewing witnesses, reviewing the home where the sexual battery allegedly occurred over many different times and announcing ready for trial on the defendant’s trial date, the State of Florida decided to dismiss the felony case. Felony Sexual Battery Case Dismissed!
On August 29, 2014 in case number 2014-CF-005441, Attorney Andrew D. Stine was able to persuade the prosecutor in Palm Beach County to Nolle Prosse the defendant’s Felony Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition against a child case, and the defendant was able to plea to a misdemeanor crime, which does not make the defendant register as a sexual offender.
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Sexual Battery / Assault
Sex crimes are among the most serious and heavily penalized crimes in Florida. This is especially true with sex crimes involving minors. In some instances, a conviction for a sex crime involving a minor can lead to a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Therefore, if you have been arrested for sexual battery or sexual assault, it is vital that you contact a qualified sex crimes defense attorney immediately.
Sexual Battery Defense Attorney is Palm Beach County
If you have been charged with sexual battery in Wellington, West Palm Beach, Rivera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Park, or the surrounding areas, contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A.. Attorney Stine will take the time to understand your version of events, and will work hard to ensure that your side of the story is heard. He will build a defense that is best suited for your desired results.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 to set up a consultation on your allegations of sexual battery. Your initial consultation is free, and it is vital that you contact Stine immediately.
Information Center for Sexual Battery
Under Fla. Stat. § 794.011, sexual battery is defined as “any vaginal, oral, or anal penetration, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object (excluding acts done for a bona fide medical purpose).”
If an individual, who is 18 or older, commits sexual battery on child who is under 12 years old, he or she is guilty of a capital felony.
If a person who is under the age of 18 commits sexual battery on a child who is less than 12 years old, he or she can be charged with a life felony.
An individual who uses or threatens to use a deadly weapon, or uses actual physical force to commit sexual battery upon someone who is 12 years or older is guilty of a life felony.
Sexual battery is a first degree felony if the victim is 12 or older and when:
- The victim is physically helpless to resist
- The offender threatened to use force or violence that the victim reasonably believed the offender had the ability to execute
- The offender gives the victim a drug, anesthetic, or other substance that mentally or physically incapacitates them, without the victims consent or knowledge
- The victim is mentally defective, and the offender knew or had reason to believe this fact
- The victim was physically incapacitated
- The offender is, or pretends to be a law enforcement officer, elected official, or any other person in a position of authority as an agent or employee of the government.
If sexual battery is committed against a person who is 12 years or older, and the offender does not use physical force or violence that is likely to cause personal injury, he or she is guilty of a second degree felony.
According to Fla. Stat. § 775.082 and 775.083, the penalties for sexual battery include:
If an individual is convicted of a capital felony, he or she can be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Individuals who are convicted of a life felony that involves sexual activity, as defined in Fla. Stat. § 800.04, can be sentenced to life in prison, or a split sentence that is a minimum of 25 years and a maximum of life in prison, and/or up to a $15,000 fine.
For first degree felony convictions, individuals face up to 30 years in prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
If an individual is convicted of a second degree felony, he or she can be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, and/or up to a $10,000 fine.
Hire a Qualified Defense Attorney
Andrew D. Stine proudly represents clients who have been accused of sexual battery in Tequesta, Palm Springs, West Palm Beach, Pahokee, North Palm Beach, Lantana, and the surrounding areas. Stine has served over 5,000 clients throughout the state of Florida, and with over a decade of criminal defense experience, you can be sure that you have a qualified defense attorney on your side.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 and set up a consultation on your sexual battery charges. Your consultation is free and is an essential part of planning your defense strategy.