R.L./ Sexual Battery/ Charges Dismissed [Okeechobee County]
R.L. was charged with sexual battery of his girlfriend of some nine (9) years. The woman claimed R.L. had stormed into her apartment and then sexually assaulted her against her will.
Sexual Battery of this type in Florida is a second degree felony per Ch. 794.011(5)(b) Fla. Stat., and if convicted, the Defendant may be sentenced to a maximum term of fifteen (15) years in prison.
In this case, the woman reported the claim immediately and was taken to the hospital where she was thoroughly examined by a physician. Law enforcement was notified and allegedly conducted a ‘through investigation,” leading to an arrest warrant being issued.
Over the next two (2) years, Attorney Kirschner, assisted by expert investigators, unearthed documents and records establishing serious concerns about the complaining witness’s credibility and truthfulness, which they revealed to the prosecuting authorities once the weight of that evidence became overwhelming. CASE DISMISSED.