Ponca City Sexual Battery Defense Attorney
Talented Ponca City Defense Lawyer
Oklahoma law defines sexual battery as the “intentional touching, mauling or feeling of the body or private parts of any person sixteen (16) years of age or older, in a lewd and lascivious manner.” This definition is extremely vague and encompasses everything from acts of sexual contact to sexual assault that falls short of forced rape. As a result, individuals who did nothing more than make a flirtatious, playful advance are lumped in with more aggressive offenders who committed actual sexual assault. Though no person should touch another in anyway without the other person’s permission, a sexual battery conviction is not the answer.
If you were charged with sexual battery in Oklahoma, you face serious consequences, including jail time and a lifetime registration as a sex offender. Sexual battery cases are often difficult to prove, as they are often a “he said, she said” game. For this reason, your best bet at walking away with a clean record begins with hiring an experienced Ponca City sexual battery lawyer . Protect your rights and your future and call Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker today.
Oklahoma Sexual Battery Law
Oklahoma Criminal Code, § 1123 defines sexual battery as the “intentional touching, mauling or feeling of the body or private parts of any person sixteen (16) years of age or older, in a lewd and lascivious manner,” and may be characterized by one or more of the following:
- Lack of victim’s consent;
- A perpetrator who is an employee of the state, county, federal, or municipal government and the victim is a person in custody or under the supervision of that entity; and/or
- The perpetrator is a teacher or employee of a school system and the victim is an individual who is under 20 years of age who is also a student of that school system.
In short, a person may be guilty of sexual battery if he or she touches another person who does not give consent or who is not legally old enough to consent.
Punishment for Sexual Battery in Oklahoma
Sexual battery is a felony offense and a Level 3 sex offense in Oklahoma, the most serious type of sex crime in the state. These types of crimes include forcible rape, child rape, and child molestation. A person who is found guilty of this offense faces up to 10 years in prison and a lifetime sexual offender registration. As a sex offender, he or she will be required to verify his or her address every 90 days.
Your Defense Against Sexual Battery Charges
If you were charged with sexual battery in Oklahoma, you have a long and tough road ahead of you. However, with the right lawyer on your side, you can make it to the end with either reduced charges or no charges at all. The goal is to help you walk away without a sexual battery conviction. There are a few ways we can help you do that:
- Prove that there was no physical contact between you and the victim; and/or
- If there was contact, that it was either unintentional or consensual; and/or
- If it was consensual, that the victim was old enough to consent; and/or
- If there was intentional contact, that the contact was not sexual (“lewd and lascivious”) in nature.
Call a Ponca City Criminal Defense Attorney
A sexual battery conviction can have very serious consequences on your future. If you were charged with sexual battery, call Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker to discuss your defense options today.