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Sexual battery is defined under California state law as touching the intimate parts of another person without the consent of the victim. The term “intimate parts,” refers to the genitalia, buttocks or the female breasts. A condition that is required for a sexual battery charge is that the touching was done for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification or abuse.
This offense is a “wobbler,” meaning that it can either be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, but in either case a conviction will mean that you will be subject to 290 registration as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
If you are convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery, you can be held in county jail for up to a year and forced to pay fines as much as $2,000. Felony sexual battery carries penalties as high as 4 years in state prison and $10,000 in fines. Several factors will influence the final sentence if you are found guilty, such as whether you are accused of committing the act through the use of force or restraint, whether the victim was conscious at the time of the act and whether the victim was a minor.
When you face prosecution for such a serious crime, you need the support and advice of a hard-hitting Los Angeles sex crime lawyer to guide you through the case to a successful resolution. A conviction could mean that your life will never be the same again, so you need to do everything possible to avoid this outcome.
You can come to the team at Okabe & Haushalter for skilled and knowledgeable representation on charges of sexual battery. We have defended many people who found themselves in your position, and we know how stressful it can be to face sexual battery allegations. There are many ways to fight the case, from establishing that you had reasonable cause to believe you had consent to disproving the accusation that you were the person who committed the act. Each case is unique, and we will consult with you to find the best approach for defending your freedom.