Florida takes sex offenses very seriously with stiff penalties if you are convicted. These offenses carry some of the harshest penalties under Florida law which allows for life-changing penalties. A sex offense conviction can carry not only legal but social penalties and limit your ability to find housing and gainful employment. Unfortunately, cases involving sex crimes are typically very complicated. If you have been charged with a sex crime, it’s crucial to consult with an experienced sex crimes defense attorney in Florida as soon as possible to defend your reputation and protect your legal rights.
common sex crimes in florida
Florida law defines many sex offenses that can range from misdemeanors to felonies. GMV Law Group, LLP defends clients against all types of sex charges such as:
Penalties for sex crimes in florida
Florida has very strict penalties for sexual crime convictions. When you are charged with a sex crime, you may face public scorn and feel like you are presumed guilty before you even appear in court. Even without a conviction, the public perception of you has changed. These social consequences are only the beginning of sex charges, however.
Potential penalties for a sex crime conviction can include:
Even after completing a prison sentence and other penalties for a conviction, one of the most serious penalties of a sex crime in Florida is the mandatory registration on the sexual offender registry.
Not all sex crime convictions require registration, but sex crimes are typically prosecuted very aggressively and many people convicted of a sex crime are required to register. Sex offenders are registered to register for life, and all sex offender information is made public, no matter the severity of the charge.
As a registered sexual offender, you will have limited choices about where you can legally live and restricted employment options. Registration also means reduced privacy, prejudice or bias from the public, and potential loss of child custody.
This is why it’s crucial to seek experienced counsel from a Florida sex crimes defense lawyer as soon as possible to defend yourself against the charges.
defense for sex crime cHarges
An experienced criminal defense attorney in Florida can help you protect your reputation and build your defense by performing a full investigation into your case. At GMV Law Group, LLP, we examine all aspects of your case to protect your rights and craft your defense. This includes:
- Potential motives to exaggerate statements or lie
- Techniques used by law enforcement to investigate the crime scene
- Prior false accusations
- False perceptions
- Medical records
- Employment issues
Depending on the charges, the alleged victim’s testimony, and any forensic evidence that has been collected, there may be many defenses against the charges. For example, an affirmative defense explains why the offense may not be a crime such as the alleged victim consented to the sexual act. Other common defenses include mistaken identity, an alibi, or proof the alleged victim has made false accusations in the past.
If you are facing sex crime charges in Florida, it’s important to seek experienced legal counsel as soon as possible to investigate your case and begin building your defense. Contact GMV Law Group, LLP to schedule a consultation with a Florida sex crimes defense attorney to explore your legal options. Our English and Spanish speaking representatives are standing by to help you take the next steps in your defense.