You need to seek the services of a local experienced attorney quickly. The penalty for this crime is an A1 misdemeanor, which you face 150 days in prison. However, what makes this offense worse is, if convicted, you must register as a sex offender.
To answer your question regarding the Sexual battery charge:
(a) A person is guilty of sexual battery if the person, for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse, engages in sexual contact with another person:
(1) By force and against the will of the other person; or
(2) Who is mentally disabled, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless, and the person performing the act knows or should reasonably know that the other person is mentally disabled, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless.
This is a very serious crime. Be sure to contact an attorney as quickly as possible! I would recommend that you have one BEFORE your first appearance. You want to start fighting this charge from day one! Good luck!
Call Trial Attorney Dustin RT Sullivan at (910) 508-2200 or visit us at www.sullivansnowlaw.com to find out more.