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Sexual Battery

Sexual battery is a serious criminal offense in Ohio that encompasses a number of prohibited behaviors. State law prohibits engaging in sexual conduct with another person who is not the spouse of the alleged offender when certain circumstances apply.

Sexual conduct is defined under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.01(A) as “vaginal intercourse between a male and female; anal intercourse, fellatio, and cunnilingus between persons regardless of sex; and, without privilege to do so, the insertion, however slight, of any part of the body or any instrument, apparatus, or other object into the vaginal or anal opening of another. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete vaginal or anal intercourse.” Sexual battery is a felony offense that not only can result in a lengthy prison sentence and a huge fine but also require lifetime registration as a sex offender.

Lawyer for Sexual Battery Arrests in Cincinnati, OH

If you were arrested or believe that you might be under investigation for alleged sexual battery anywhere in Hamilton County, it will be in your best interest to exercise your right to remain silent until you have legal representation. Joslyn Law Firm defends clients accused of sex offenses in Bridgetown, Delhi, Green, Harrison, Miamitown, Norwood, Springdale, Sycamore, Anderson, and many surrounding areas of southwest Ohio.

Cincinnati criminal defense attorney Brian Joslyn can fight to help you achieve the most favorable outcome to your case that results in the fewest possible penalties. He can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call (513) 399-6289 to schedule a free initial consultation.


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Sexual Battery Charges in Hamilton County

Under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.03, an alleged offender commits sexual battery if he or she engages in sexual conduct with another person, not the spouse of the alleged offender, when any of the following apply:

  • The alleged offender knowingly coerces the alleged victim to submit by any means that would prevent resistance by a person of ordinary resolution;
  • The alleged offender knows that the alleged victim's ability to appraise the nature of or control the alleged victim's own conduct is substantially impaired;
  • The alleged offender knows that the alleged victim submits because the alleged victim is unaware that the act is being committed;
  • The alleged offender knows that the alleged victim submits because the alleged victim mistakenly identifies the alleged offender as the alleged victim's spouse;
  • The alleged offender is the alleged victim's natural or adoptive parent, or a stepparent, or guardian, custodian, or person in loco parentis of the alleged victim;
  • The alleged victim is in custody of law or a patient in a hospital or other institution, and the alleged offender has supervisory or disciplinary authority over the alleged victim;
  • The alleged offender is a teacher, administrator, coach, or other person in authority employed by or serving in a school for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards pursuant to division (D) of Ohio Revised Code § 3301.07, the alleged victim is enrolled in or attends that school, and the alleged offender is not enrolled in and does not attend that school;
  • The alleged victim is a minor, the alleged offender is a teacher, administrator, coach, or other person in authority employed by or serving in an institution of higher education, and the alleged victim is enrolled in or attends that institution;
  • The alleged victim is a minor, and the alleged offender is the other person's athletic or other type of coach, is the alleged victim's instructor, is the leader of a scouting troop of which the alleged victim is a member, or is a person with temporary or occasional disciplinary control over the other person.
  • The alleged offender is a mental health professional, the alleged victim is a mental health client or patient of the alleged offender, and the alleged offender induces the alleged victim to submit by falsely representing to the alleged victim that the sexual conduct is necessary for mental health treatment purposes;
  • The alleged victim is confined in a detention facility, and the alleged offender is an employee of that detention facility;
  • The alleged victim is a minor, the alleged offender is a cleric, and the alleged victim is a member of, or attends, the church or congregation served by the cleric; or
  • The alleged victim is a minor, the alleged offender is a peace officer, and the offender is more than two years older than the alleged victim.

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Sexual Battery Penalties in Cincinnati

Sexual battery is generally a third-degree felony. Convictions are punishable by up to 60 months in prison and/or fine of up to $10,000.

If the alleged victim is less than 13 years of age, sexual battery is a second-degree felony. A conviction can be punishable by a mandatory prison term of two, three, four, five, six, seven, or eight years and/or a fine of up to $15,000.


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Ohio Resources for Sexual Battery Offenses

Women's Crisis Center — Women's Crisis Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social service agency serving all individuals who have experienced domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault. Visit this website if you need help or know somebody who needs help to learn more about confidential crisis intervention and assistance. You can also find information about Women's Crisis Center’s survivor services, including non-residential services and residential/shelter services.

Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center — The Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center provides free victims’ rights training to hospitals, victim advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and the community to promote awareness of crime victims’ rights laws and to ensure consistent systemic implementation of crime victims’ rights laws. Use this website’s Crime Victims Rights Toolkit to better understand your rights as a victim and how to exercise them. You can also learn more about the criminal justice process, view a glossary, and find information about many other local resources.


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Joslyn Law Firm | Cincinnati Sexual Battery Defense Attorney

Do you think that you could be under investigation or were you already arrested in southwest Ohio for alleged sexual battery? Even if you know that you are completely innocent, you should still refuse to say anything to authorities until you have contacted Joslyn Law Firm.

Brian Joslyn is an award-winning criminal defense lawyer in Cincinnati who represents individuals all over the greater Hamilton County area, including Colerain, Forest Park, Miami, Montgomery, Reading, Springfield, Symmes, Blue Ash, and several other nearby communities. Call (513) 399-6289 or complete an online contact form to have our attorney review your case and help you understand all of your legal options during a free, confidential consultation.


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