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Sex Crimes

Fort Walton Beach Sex Crimes Lawyer

There are many types of sexual offenses in Florida. Law enforcement aggressively investigates and prosecutes these types of crimes. A conviction can follow you for the rest of your life.

When investigators violate a defendant’s rights, it’s vital for the accused to consult with an experienced Fort Walton Beach sex crime defense lawyer. Being forced to register as a sex offender can severely impact your life, reputation, and ability to live and work where you please.

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Fort Walton Beach Sex Crimes

An experienced criminal defense attorney understanda the different types of sex crimes and their resulting punishments and offers a free consultation to discuss your case. 

Since there are several different types of sex crimes in Florida, each sex crime has a set of factors that must be proven before conviction. Below are a few of the common sex crimes the Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group sees.

Indecent Exposure

Indecent exposure occurs when a person exposes their genitals in public or on another person’s property. Indecent exposure is generally tried as a misdemeanor offense. However,  offenses that are committed in the presence of children can lead to felony sex crime charges.

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct involves any sexual activity between caregivers and clients who are developmentally disabled. The penalties for sexual misconduct range from a year for misdemeanor charges to up to 15 years in prison for felonies.

Child Molestation 

Child molestation is the intentional sexual touching of someone under the age of 16 years old. It also includes forcing a child to perform sexual acts.

All allegations of sexual abuse against children will be charged as felonies. The age of the victim and the alleged sex offender influence determining the severity of the charges and punishment. The most serious charges are reserved for when the victim was under the age of 12 years old and the offender was over 18.

Sexual Battery of a Minor

Florida Code §794.05 defines statutory rape as engaging in sexual activity with a person who is younger than the legal age of consent. According to Florida law, a child under 16 years of age cannot consent to sexual activity, regardless of the age of the defendant. 

Adults convicted of committing sexual battery against someone under the age of 12 years old face could capital felony charges. The defendant may face a harsher punishment if they used a weapon, force, or drug to subdue the victim. A Fort Walton Beach criminal defense lawyer can address sexual legal issues and questions that may arise. 

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the unlawful sale or trading of a human being for the financial purpose of sexual abuse or coerced labor. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center shares that there were 50 million people trafficked worldwide in 2021.

Human trafficking is a third-degree felony with a maximum penalty of five years of incarceration. 

Potential Defenses Against Sex Crime Charges

Raising a strong defense to combat Fort Walton Beach, FL, sex crimes is vital. A conviction of rape or aggravated sexual abuse can subject the accused to a lifetime of hardship. 

The potential defenses employed by the Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group include:

  • The alleged victim was not a minor
  • Law enforcement officers violated the defendant’s rights
  • Mistaken identity  
  • False accusations
  • False witness testimony
  • Flawed forensic testing techniques and results
  • Improperly misleading witness interviews
  • Police, prosecution, or witness prejudice

Fort Walton Beach prosecutors have the burden of proof, meaning they must convince a jury that you are guilty. Your sex crime attorney can examine the evidence and help you maintain your innocence. The criminal defense lawyers at Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group can assist you if you’re charged with a sex crime.

Florida Sex Crime Penalties

The potential penalties for sex crimes in Florida vary depending on the specific crime. Prison time and registration as a sex offender are possible outcomes if you’re convicted.

Consider that a Capital Sexual Battery conviction requires a minimum mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. Nearly all felony-based sex crime convictions require a lifetime sex offender registration. These charges can require you to undergo GPS monitoring and may effect you for the rest of your life.

In extreme cases, a person convicted of a sex crime in Florida may face:

  • 30 years to life in state prison
  • 30 years to life on supervised probation
  • $10,000 in administrative fines

While these are extreme outcomes for the most severe cases, they are a look into how seriously law enforcement takes these crimes.

If you or someone that you love has been arrested and charged with rape, child pornography, sexual assault, or any other type of sexual crime in Florida, the measures you take to protect yourself can determine your future.

The Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group is standing by to help you. We will build a strategic defense to counter any sex crime charges that you’re facing. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your case in a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Sex Crimes Lawyer in Fort Walton Beach

An experienced Fort Walton Beach sex crimes lawyer can defend your case if you have been charged with sexual abuse or sexual assault. Facing a sex crime charge in Florida is not to be taken lightly. If the charge becomes a conviction, it can result in jail time and registration as a sex offender. If you are facing charges for a sex crime in Florida, you must act fast. Give us a call today for a free consultation.

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