Santa Rosa County Sex Crimes Lawyer
Florida statutes include numerous sex crimes. Sex crimes in the state can be broken down into subcategories such as prostitution, lewdness, sexual battery, lewd and lascivious conduct, indecent exposure, and solicitation of children. Skillful sex crime lawyers help their clients to maintain their innocence when facing charges in Santa Rosa County.
Contact the Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group today if you are facing sex crime charges. Our team will work tirelessly to help you maintain your innocence.
How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You
A sex crime conviction comes with many consequences, including fines, revocation of certain civil rights, and prison time. A conviciton can also keep you from living in certain places and holding certain jobs. A criminal defense lawyer can negotiate the best deal possible for their client and fight to get charges dismissed.
Sex Crime Charges
There are many offenses that fall under the umbrella of sex crimes. As the name implies, these crimes are mainly sexual in nature, committed without the consent of the victim. Below we’ll discuss some of the common sex crime charges in Santa Rosa County.
Florida law prohibits the act of prostitution and the solicitation of a prostitute. Paying for sex or offering sex in exchange for money can land you in serious trouble.
Statute 796.04 criminalizes attempts made by a person to compel another into prostitution, statute 796.05 outlaws pimping or deriving support from prostitution, and stature 796.06 penalizes those who rent a property to perform lewd acts or run a prostitution ring.
Sexual battery generally encompasses sexual assault and statutory rape. The severity of the penalties you face depends on the facts in your case, your age, the victim’s age, your sex crime history, and other aggravating factors.
Any person who exposes their genitals in public or on the private premises of another person can be charged with indecent exposure. Indecent exposure is generally a misdemeanor offense. However, offenses that are committed in the presence of children can lead to felonious sex crime charges.
Exposure of Children to Harmful Sexual Material
Florida Chapter 847 prohibits the creation and dissemination of obscene material to children. Showing obscene material to a minor is a third-degree felony.
Oscenity is defined as material that an adult would object to under today’s prevailing standards because the object appeals to the prurient interest, and offensively depicts sexual conduct. This content as a whole has no literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
Santa Rosa Sex Crimes Penalties
Sex crimes, such as solicitation of a prostitute, are misdemeanor charges that carry minimal penalties of a possible one-year jail sentence for a first offense. Sometimes, prostitution and solicitation sex offenders qualify for diversion programs depending on the person’s prior criminal history.
An individual convicted of multiple sex crimes, sexual violence, or a sex crime with underage victims that caused grievous bodily injury could be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. Other sex offense convictions carry a sentence of up to life with the potential for parole, or a term of years.
Many sex offenders receive probation and community service to be served after incarceration. Experienced sex crime law firms can help those facing sex crime charges. In addition to fines and jail time, most sex offenders have to register with law enforcement annually.
In Florida, a felony sex crime charge can also come with a loss of rights, including:
- The right to vote
- The right to hold office
- The right to sit on a jury
- The right to hold certain occupational licenses
Sex Offender Registration
Under Florida statute 943.435, persons convicted of certain offenses must register as sexual offenders. Registration is a separate requirement from prison sentences and any probationary terms imposed by the court.
Florida Sexual Predators Act
Florida statute 775.21 prevents sexual predators from committing additional acts of sexual violence. This statute requires registration and can cause the forfeiture of your internet privileges, as well. This act mandates the Santa Rosa sex offender registry be open to the public.
Santa Rosa Residency Restrictions
Florida statute 775.215 limits a convicted sex offender’s ability to reside in certain areas. A person subject to the requirements of this statute must live at least 1,000 feet away from a school, park, or daycare. Sex crime lawyers can help you protect your right to live and go wherever you please. Contact us for a free consultation today.
Why Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group
When you need a criminal defense attorney in Santa Rosa County, then you need the Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group. Call now to set up your free case evaluation.
The Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group employs veteran trial lawyers who can fight to help you maintain your innocence after being charged with sex crimes. Possible defenses and mitigating factors include:
- Consensual sex
- The victim’s professed age
- Proximity in age
- Plea of nonpresence
- Circumstantial evidence
- False accusation
- Changing stories or contradicting witnesses
- Mistaken identity
- No prior criminal record
Our sex crime lawyers can explore every angle to cast doubt on the allegations. We will work hard to get evidence excluded, negotiate a favorable plea, and fight for your freedom. The Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group law firm makes every effort to limit or eliminate a possible conviction. For experienced legal services in Santa Rosa County, contact us right away.