If you were arrested or face sex crime charges, a sex crimes lawyer in Clearwater Beach, FL, from Goldman Wetzel will protect your rights and fight for a favorable outcome in your case.
When you hire one of our criminal defense attorneys, you hire both of us. We work together on every case to ensure our clients benefit from the knowledge of both a former prosecutor and a career defense attorney. It is imperative that we get started right away. We may be able to prevent charges in your case before the prosecutors file them.
Call us today at 727-828-3900 to schedule your initial consultation.
Penalties and Consequences of a Clearwater Beach Sex Crimes Conviction
The penalties you face after a conviction on sex crime charges depend on a number of factors. These include:
- The nature of the alleged crime
- The age of the alleged victim
- Your criminal history
- Other facts surrounding the case
In almost every case, you will face large fines and jail or prison time. According to Chapter 46 of the Florida statutes, a first offense could cost you:
- Indecent Exposure: $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail
- Lewd and Lascivious Behavior: From several years up to life imprisonment, depending on your age and the age of the alleged victim.
- Possession of Child Pornography: $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail.
- Prostitution: $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail for first offense.
- Sexual Battery: Up to life in prison
Some more serious sex crimes may call for federal charges and higher penalties. These crimes include:
- Distribution of child pornography
- Sexual assault of a minor
- Solicitation of a minor
- Sexual abuse of a disabled person
- Sexual abuse of an elderly person
Having a Permanent Record and Registering as a Sex Offender
Even after paying your fine or serving your time, your conviction may impact your everyday life. Many sex crime convictions come with a permanent criminal record without the option to seal or expunge your record. In addition, you may need to register as a sexual offender or sexual predator for the rest of your life.
When you are a registered sex offender in Florida, you must provide certain information and keep it up to date. This includes:
- Your address
- Your phone numbers
- Email address
- Employer’s name, address, and contact information
- Social media accounts
- Other requested identifying information
Our Clearwater Beach Sex Crimes Lawyers Can Help You
When you enlist the help of the attorneys from Goldman Wetzel, you will not face the law alone. We will protect your rights and ensure you do not jeopardize your future by saying the wrong thing.
In some cases, we may be able to take early action in resolving your case. Methods may include:
- Convincing the prosecutor to not file charges
- Convincing the prosecutor to drop the charges
- Negotiating a plea bargain agreement
We will help you understand what to expect every step of the way, and guide you through the process. We will protect your best interests and fight for a more favorable outcome in your case.
We will go to work for you as soon as you contact us. We must review the police reports related to your arrest, interview witnesses, collect evidence, and build a solid case for your defense. We can also enlist the help of professionals such as psychologists, subject matter experts, and others. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can get started.
Common Defenses for Clearwater Beach Sex Crimes
Each case is unique, and we take a unique approach based on the facts surrounding your situation. We will investigate your case and put a defense strategy in place to support the most favorable outcome possible. Some common defenses include:
- False allegations
- Exaggerated allegations
- Insufficient evidence
- Illegal search and seizure
- Problems with DNA evidence
With representation from the attorneys at Goldman Wetzel, you can trust us to build a solid defense strategy for your case. We always put you first and work tirelessly to protect your rights. Let us provide you with the best possible legal protection against the accusations you face.
Talk to a Sex Crimes Lawyer in Clearwater Beach Today
At Goldman Wetzel, our attorneys work as a team on every case. We provide compassionate and aggressive representation and will be there for you throughout the process.
We provide complimentary consultations and will review your case for free. Call us today and let us answer your questions and address your concerns: 727-828-3900.