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Sexual battery-PC 243.4

California Penal Code section 243.4 describes “sexual battery” as touching the intimate parts of another person, against the person’s will, for the purposes of sexual gratification, sexual arousal, or sexual abuse. Sexual battery may be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor, and, importantly, may subject you to significant sex offender registration requirements.

As a result of the #MeToo movement, sexual battery allegations were thrust into the forefront of controversy – the most publicized of which are arguably the allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

When people think of sexual battery, it often evokes Mr. Weinstein’s image and his long list of accusers; however, sexual battery covers a wide range of conduct.

Consider the following sexual battery allegation: Jane and John, two 18-year-old high school students, go to prom together. At the end of the night, John kisses Jane even though he knows she’s not into him. John is potentially facing sexual battery cases.

In addition to potential criminal penalties, allegations of sexual battery can also result in civil penalties as well. If you are accused of sexual battery, contact the experienced attorneys at Chastaine Jones.

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