The consequences for a sex crime conviction are harsh and devastating. Prosecutors are quick to press charges in any sex crime case, pushing for maximum penalties including imprisonment, fines, and lifetime sexual offender or sexual predator registration. At the first hint of an investigation or after an arrest, defendants should exercise their rights and obtain legal counsel as soon as possible.
If you have been accused of or arrested for a sex crime, call the sex crimes lawyers in Bradenton at Goldman Wetzel to discuss your case. We can help protect your rights and develop a solid defense strategy. If you call us early enough in the process, we may be able to expose gaps in the state’s case and avoid formal charges altogether. Contact our office today at 941-405-5193 for immediate assistance.
What Types of Sex Crime Cases Does Goldman Wetzel Accept?
Our criminal defense lawyers in Bradenton represent individuals accused of all types of misdemeanor and felony sex crimes. We can represent defendants in both state and federal court for crimes such as:
- Child pornography and molestation
- Stalking and aggravated stalking
- Sexual assault and rape
- Romeo and Juliet cases
- Indecent exposure
- Lewd and lascivious conduct
- Internet sex crimes
- Human trafficking
I Have Been Accused of a Sex Crime. What Do I Do Now?
If you have been accused of or arrested for a sex crime:
- Do not agree to questioning without an attorney present. The prosecution may try to later use your words to obtain a conviction. Inform the investigating officer that you want to exercise your right to counsel.
- Call our office at 941-405-5193 and speak to our attorneys about your case. We can discuss your circumstances and how to proceed if you wish to retain us.
- We will spring into action and begin preparing your defense.
How Can Goldman Wetzel Help?
Your future, freedom, and reputation are at stake, so it is imperative to secure an aggressive criminal defense firm you trust. At Goldman Wetzel, our goal is to provide our clients with the legal counsel and representation they need when facing serious charges.
Our team of attorneys has over three decades of combined experience and have developed an armory of viable defense strategies and tactics.
Attorney Summer Goldman is a former prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office in Pinellas County where she handled countless cases before becoming a defense lawyer. She knows how the other side functions and how prosecutors think. Attorney Maribeth Wetzel is a career criminal defense lawyer who has handled an array of complex cases, including misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile cases. They take a team approach to each case, providing efficient and focused counsel for every client.
We will serve as your legal advocates during the entire process, from initial investigation to trial. When we meet with you, we will explain what you are up against, what your options are, and how each choice may affect you. We may try to pursue a plea bargain or try to get the charges reduced. The state is not impervious to mistakes. Our team will comb though the case, gather evidence, and devise a thorough defense. We will fight for the best possible outcome, be that a dismissal, reduced penalties, or an acquittal.
What Are the Penalties for Sex Crimes?
The penalties depend on the nature of the crime, whether the case will be heard in federal or state court, and the defendant’s criminal record.
Below are just a few examples of potential penalties:
- Exposing genital organs: First-degree misdemeanor, up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine
- Prostitution: First offense: second-degree misdemeanor, 60 days in jail and a $500 fine
- Child pornography: Third-degree felony, five years’ imprisonment and a $5,000 fine
- Lewd and Lascivious Behavior: Between $500 and $10,000 and up to 15 years in jail depending on the age of the victim
- Sexual battery: 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine (longer prison time for aggravated sexual battery)
- Sexual battery on a child under 12 years of age: Capital felony
Jail time and fines are only a part of the punitive consequences. Convictions also mean lifetime inclusion on the sex offender registry, probation, and counseling, not to mention the social ostracization that comes with a sex crime case.
We will tell you exactly what the penalties are for your charges and how we will go about trying to mitigate them.
What Defenses Are Available for Sex Crimes?
When you are accused of a serious crime, it is easy to slip into hopelessness, especially when it is your word against the alleged victim’s. How will you defend yourself? What options do you have? What is going to stop the state from convicting you?
Fortunately, you have the right to seek private legal counsel and get the professional help you need to properly defend yourself.
We will explore your defense options at the onset of your case. Oftentimes, sex crime accusations arise from innocent situations, complex relationship dynamics, mistaken facts, or custody/divorce disputes. If you have been falsely accused, we may try pretrial defenses to avoid an indictment, e.g., polygraph test, alleged victim’s record of prior false accusations, character references, etc.
Some of the most common sex crime defenses include:
- Police obtained evidence through illegal search and seizure
- Lack of sufficient evidence
- The defendant has psychological issues
- Mistaken identity
- The act was consensual
- The lab evidence was mishandled, misinterpreted, or otherwise faulty
Each case is unique. Our team will gather pertinent evidence, obtain testimonies, expose weaknesses in the state’s case, and craft a comprehensive defense for your particular situation.
Get the Aggressive Defense You Need. Call Our Sex Crime Lawyers Today.
Swift, aggressive defense is your most effective weapon when fighting sex crime allegations. Talk to attorneys Goldman and Wetzel about how they may be of service to you. For a confidential, no-cost consultation with a sex crime lawyer in Bradenton, contact Goldman Wetzel at 941-405-5193.