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Sex Crimes

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.

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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.

Prostitution

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

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.

Indecent Exposure

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. 

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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.

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“"This is actually one of the best law firms I've had the pleasure of dealing with. They stick with you throughout the entire process, walking you through every step and they know the law! They were able to help me get out of a situation that had occurred because of a technicality and was very knowledgeable in the process. I would recommend them to anyone."”

James S.

“"Such a great service to go through when dealing with any legal matter! Mr. Cobb is very knowledgable and will take the time to understand and communicate with you in a timely manner."”

Dreeana A.

“"Everything was great and smooth working with Mr. Cobb. He was fast and efficient and answered any questions I had."”

Joshua T.

“"I would recommend Attorney Cobb to others. I would describe him as an honest and straightforward lawyer. All my concerns were addressed."”

Crystal H.

“"He was excellent, he did everything without me having to do much especially not living close. I hired him and told him everything and he did it all and it was a great experience. The legal assistant that works there was also amazing."”

Joseph S.

“"It was as clean of a process as it could have been for me. He handled everything for me because I live out of state and made it so simple and easy. He was great and thorough and I hardly had to do anything."”

William S.

“"If you can hire Stephen as your attorney then definitely do that. He talked openly and gave me assurance and even his legal assistant that works there is amazing. I never had any problems or trouble with them."”

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