Jacksonville Man Set Free After Child Sexual Battery Charges Dropped

Jacksonville’s citizens sometimes become caught up in activities that are illegal. Other time, individuals are accused of crimes that they simply had no involvement in. Unfortunately for many, the accused is treated as guilty before they even step foot in a courtroom. If one has been in a situation such as this, one should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected.

According to the Florida Times-Union, Christopher D. Durden, who was originally charged with the sexual battery of a 12-year-old, has been set free after the State Attorney’s office officially dropped the charges. The State said that evidence concerns regarding the allegedly victim’s testimony was the reason for the charge being dropped.

Jacksonville sexual assault crimes are typically crimes that once accused of, no matter who the victim may be or the circumstances of the case, the representation associated with that offense will be forever worn by the accused, guilty or not. Many times, the accused becomes the victim because of a choice by a prosecutor to file charges without an ability to make a case.

Under Florida Statute 794.011, a person 18 years of age or older who commits sexual battery upon, or in an attempt to commit sexual battery injures the sexual organs of, a person less than 12 years of age commits a capital felony. This means that someone accused of this crime could serve a life sentence or even worse possible outcomes. The harsh reality is that there are many who have served sentences like these and have been innocent or have been professionally or socially ruined in the community.

Attorneys have an ethical duty to the community to make sure that only meritorious claims are brought before the court, and similarly, only meritorious criminal charges with reasonable basis that might lead a person to find guilt should be filed; if the evidence is insufficient, the charges should be dropped, as was properly done in this case. Unfortunately, proper procedure is not always followed, leaving meritless criminal charges being filed against accused parties who have been violated by a flawed system.

In many cases, even if the charge that was wrongfully brought and subsequently dropped, the damage is sometimes irreversible. Average citizens who have had their lives in order and happen to be accused of a crime they did not commit, especially one related to sexual battery, can cause one to lose one’s job, friends, family, and every sense of peace and security one has in one’s life, regardless of whether one is found to be innocent or not.

Countless innocent people are subjected to treatment such as this every day within the legal system, and need the best representation possible in their case. One in a situation such as this should obtain an experienced Jacksonville sexual battery crimes defense attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights and defenses are known and protected.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than decade and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are able available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source: Jacksonville man’s child sexual battery charge dropped, Charles Broward, The Florida Times-Union