Felony sexual assault is a criminal charge that involves non-consensual sexual contact with another person, which can be accomplished through force, threats, or other forms of coercion. The specific definition and penalties for felony sexual assault vary depending on the jurisdiction, but some common elements include:
Non-consensual sexual contact: The individual is charged with engaging in sexual contact with another person without their consent.
Use of force or coercion: Sexual contact was accomplished through force, threats, or other forms of coercion.
Penalties: The penalties for felony sexual assault can include long prison sentences, fines, and a criminal record. Some jurisdiction also requires sex offender registration.
Examples of felony sexual assault include rape, sexual battery, and statutory rape.
As it is a serious criminal charge, it is advisable to hire a criminal defense attorney to defend the case. The attorney will help the client to understand the charges against them, their legal rights and options, and provide representation in court. They may also be able to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution, which can result in a reduced sentence or lesser charges. Additionally, the attorney may also be able to argue for alternative sentences such as community service or probation.