In Tennessee, sexual battery is defined as the intentional touching of any person’s intimate parts or clothing covering them, if touching for sexual arousal or gratification, with a victim by a defendant by coercion or force, without the victim’s consent (and the defendant knows the victim did not consent), when the defendant knows the victim is mentally or physically incapacitated, and/or when the act is accomplished by fraud (TCA § 39-15-505).
The courts do not take sex crimes casually and those charged are usually put to trial with the full extent of the law. Under Tennessee law, a person convicted of sexual battery or aggravated sexual battery is facing felony convictions and can receive jail time, fines, community service, counseling, and/or probation.
In addition, you may be required to register on the Sex Offender Registry, which is a public database. Other consequences, besides the court-ordered penalties, can include loss of personal relationships with family and friends, limited employment opportunities (or job loss), and limited places to live.
For a case evaluation, do not hesitate to contact our sex crimes lawyer at (615) 796-6299 today.