Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault

In the State of Tennessee, Sexual assault charges break down into two primary offenses that include sexual battery and rape. Each represents an unlawful sexual act in which the victim either didn’t consent, was forced to consent, or was incapable of providing consent. Each is a serious criminal charge that carries serious legal penalties. If you or someone you care about is facing a sexual assault charge, don’t wait to reach out for the skilled legal representation of an experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorney.

The Charge of Sexual Battery

The charge of sexual battery in Tennessee relates to unlawful sexual contact with another person’s private parts, which include their breasts, buttocks, and genitals, or to making the victim come into sexual contact with the accused’s private parts. The age of the victim and the related circumstances guide the associated penalties.

The Charge Specifics

The charge of sexual battery applies when the accused turns to any of the following to engage in the unlawful sexual contact in question:

The charge of sexual battery is generally brought as a Class E felony in Tennessee, which carries from 1 to 6 years in prison and fines of up to $5,000.

Aggravated Sexual Battery

The charge of sexual battery can be enhanced to aggravated sexual battery when any of the following apply:

Aggravated sexual battery is a Class B felony that carries a prison sentence of from 8 to 30 years and fines of up to $25,000.

The Charge of Rape

The charge of rape in Tennessee relates to forced or coerced sexual penetration, sexual penetration accomplished by fraud, or sexual penetration when the victim doesn’t provide consent. The charge can also apply when the victim is mentally impaired or incapacitated, physically helpless, or intellectually disabled – and, therefore, unable to consent. Rape begins as a Class B felony that carries a prison sentence of 12 to 30 years and fines of up to $25,000.

The same variables that enhance a sexual assault charge to aggravated sexual assault can enhance a rape charge to aggravated rape. And the fines and penalties increase from here.

It’s Time to Consult with an Experienced Murfreesboro Tennessee Sexual Assault Defense Attorney

Josh Crain at The Law Offices of Joshua T. Crain is a formidable Tennessee criminal defense attorney whose expansive experience leaves him well-positioned to fiercely advocate for your legal rights and for your case’s most favorable resolution. Your future is important, so please don’t delay contacting the office online or calling 615-903-4998 for more information about how we can help you today.