Greenville Sexual Battery Defense Attorney
Have you been arrested or are you currently under investigation for sexual battery? It is important to talk to an attorney about your legal options. A Greenville criminal defense attorney at Burch Law Office can discuss your case with you to determine how to best approach your defense.
Sexual Battery Defined
Sexual battery is a specific sex crime that involves engaging in sexual contact with another person against his or her will. To be more specific, the act would be committed for the purpose of sexual arousal, abuse or gratification. This offense may also apply if the alleged victim is mentally disabled or incapacitated or is physically helpless in some way, and the defendant knows or should have reasonably known of the victim's helplessness or inability to protest.
Under North Carolina law, sexual battery is a Class A1 misdemeanor offense that may be punishable by 1 to 60 days in jail and a fine of $1,000 or more, at the discretion of the court. An enhanced term of imprisonment of up to 75 days may apply if the defendant has a prior conviction on his or her record.
Lawyer for Sexual Battery Charges in Greenville
In addition to facing a jail sentence, a defendant convicted of sexual battery in Greenville may face mandatory registration as a sex offender. This registration will require that the defendant supply his or her name, photograph, address and offense for which he or she has been convicted to local law enforcement. This information may be seen online on the national sex offender registry or may be viewed by going into one's local police station.
Sex offender registration alone is one of the most serious consequences of any sex crime conviction. At the Burch Law Office, protecting your future and reputation are extremely important to our attorneys. You can be confident that if you choose to work with us that we will do everything possible to protect your rights.
To find out how we can help in the face of your charges, contact a Greenville sexual battery lawyer today. Your initial consultation is completely confidential.