Sexual Battery offenses include the oral, anal, or vaginal penetration
of another without their consent. Both Federal and Florida law include
heavy fines and severe criminal penalties, including potential mandatory/minimum
sentences of up to 25 years and maximum potential sentences of up to LIFE.
Mr. Petruzzi has represented numerous individuals charged with, or under
investigation for, Sexual Battery offenses by both Federal and State authorities.
His experience and knowledge serves as an invaluable asset to his clients.
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Federal or State Sexual Battery offense, contact our office at (305)-770-6550.
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Federal Sexual Battery offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various
agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Justice. Some common
Federal Statutes criminalizing Sexual Battery include:
18 USC Sec. 2242 –
Whoever, in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United
States or in a Federal prison, or in any prison, institution, or facility
in which persons are held in custody by direction of or pursuant to a
contract or agreement with the head of any Federal department or agency,
(1) causes another person to engage in a sexual act by threatening or placing
that other person in fear (other than by threatening or placing that other
person in fear that any person will be subjected to death, serious bodily
injury, or kidnapping); or
(2) engages in a sexual act with another person if that other person is -
(A) incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct; or
(B) physically incapable of declining participation in, or communicating
unwillingness to engage in, that sexual act;
or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title and imprisoned for
any term of years or for life.
Florida Sexual Battery offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various
State and Local law enforcement agencies. Some common Florida Statutes
criminalizing Sexual Battery include:
794.011 Sexual battery.—
(1) (h) "Sexual battery" means 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; however, sexual battery does
not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose.
(3) A person who commits sexual battery upon a person 12 years of age or
older, without that person's consent, and in the process thereof uses
or threatens to use a deadly weapon or uses actual physical force likely
to cause serious personal injury commits a life felony, punishable as
provided in s.
775.084, or s.
(4) A person who commits sexual battery upon a person 12 years of age or
older without that person's consent, under any of the following circumstances,
commits a felony of the first degree, punishable as provided in s.
775.084, or s.
(a) When the victim is physically helpless to resist.
(b) When the offender coerces the victim to submit by threatening to use
force or violence likely to cause serious personal injury on the victim,
and the victim reasonably believes that the offender has the present ability
to execute the threat.
(c) When the offender coerces the victim to submit by threatening to retaliate
against the victim, or any other person, and the victim reasonably believes
that the offender has the ability to execute the threat in the future.
(d) When the offender, without the prior knowledge or consent of the victim,
administers or has knowledge of someone else administering to the victim
any narcotic, anesthetic, or other intoxicating substance which mentally
or physically incapacitates the victim.
(e) When the victim is mentally defective and the offender has reason to
believe this or has actual knowledge of this fact.
(f) When the victim is physically incapacitated.
(g) When the offender is a law enforcement officer, correctional officer,
or correctional probation officer as defined by s.
943.10(1), (2), (3), (6), (7), (8), or (9), who is certified under the provisions of s.
943.1395 or is an elected official exempt from such certification by virtue of s.
943.253, or any other person in a position of control or authority in a probation,
community control, controlled release, detention, custodial, or similar
setting, and such officer, official, or person is acting in such a manner
as to lead the victim to reasonably believe that the offender is in a
position of control or authority as an agent or employee of government.
(5) A person who commits sexual battery upon a person 12 years of age or
older, without that person's consent, and in the process thereof does
not use physical force and violence likely to cause serious personal injury
commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s.
775.084, or s.