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Rape is one of the few crimes which doesn’t involve the death of a victim that could result in a life sentence in prison. The Florida judicial system views this crime as one of the most serious and heinous crimes in the world. Therefore, the penalties for a convicted rapist are harsh.

If you have been accused of rape, it is critical that you take an aggressive approach in defending yourself by hiring an experienced sex crimes defense attorney who can fight for your freedom.

DeFuniak Springs Rape Defense Lawyer

The legal team at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC has over 30 years of experience defending individuals who have been accused of rape and other sex related crimes in the counties of Okaloosa, Washington, Walton, Holmes, Santa Rosa and Escambia. They will use this experience to strategically develop a defense that will give you the best chance of achieving your desired outcome.

If you have been arrested for rape, take an important step today by contacting Adkinson Law Firm, LLC at to schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.

Information Center for Rape in Florida

Rape in Florida

Rape is the non-consensual sexual oral, anal, or vaginal penetration of another person. According to Fla. Stat. § 794.011, consent means to knowingly and voluntarily agree, without being coerced into submission by any means. In Florida, rape is commonly referred to as sexual battery. 

Penalties for Rape in Florida

The penalties for rape depend mainly on the circumstances surrounding the offense.  Common factors that can influence the punishment for the offense include the victim’s age, whether or not a weapon was used, or whether or not the victim suffered serious bodily harm during the commission of the offense.

If an individual who is 18 years or older commits or attempts to rape against a child who is less than 12 years old, he or she can be charged with a capital felony, which is punishable by death.

If someone who is under the age of 18, rapes or attempts to rape a child who is under the age of 12, he or she can be convicted of a life felony. A life felony carries a potential prison sentence of between 40 years to life.

Rape is considered a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years behind bars, and/or up to a $10,000 fine if:

  • The offender used or threatened to use force or violence;
  • The offender drugged the victim;
  • The victim, for whatever reason, was physically helpless to resist;
  • The victim was mentally or physically handicapped; or
  • The offender was a member of law enforcement.

An individual who is convicted of raping an individual who is 12 years or older, is guilty of a second degree felony and can be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, and/or ordered to pay a fine of up to $10,000. If a deadly weapon was used during the commission of the offense, the charges can be upgraded to a life felony.

Strategically Planning Your Defense

Being convicted of rape can have a devastating impact on your future. In order to prevent rape charges from completely derailing your life, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC. The DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorneys at the firm have the knowledge and resources necessary to provide you with quality legal representation.

If you have been arrested for an alleged sex offense in Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville, Valparaiso, Mary Esther, Shalimar, Wausau, Ebro, DeFuniak Springs, Gulf Breeze, Jay, Pensacola, or Century, or nearby areas, contact a Walton County sexual crime attorney at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, call , or send an online message.