Sex crimes are among the most serious crimes you could be accused of, especially if there are children or teens involved. Even accusations of a sex crime could dramatically affect your everyday life because people often pass judgment about those accused of these crimes long before the case goes to trial. You do not have to try to handle this on your own. The sex crimes lawyers in Largo from Goldman Wetzel are here to help.
We can go to work for you immediately: protecting your rights, accompanying you to interrogations, and representing you to the police, prosecutors, and the court. We offer free case evaluations, and we can get started now. Call (727) 828-3900 for help.
Sex Crimes Include a Wide Scope of Crimes and Possible Penalties
There are more than a dozen crimes that could fall into the category of sex crimes. They vary widely in severity, and the possible consequences you could face if convicted vary widely as well. We take on any type of sex crime case, misdemeanor or felony. No matter what type of allegations there are against you, a sex crimes lawyer in Largo can review your case and help develop a strategy to fight them. This could include:
- Indecent exposure
- Lewd and lascivious behavior
- Possession of child pornography
- Prostitution or solicitation
- Sexual battery, which includes sexual assault and rape under Florida law
In some cases, you could face federal charges instead of charges pressed by the state attorney. This most often occurs if they accuse you of crossing a state line as a part of committing the crime. For example, if they believe you sent child pornography to someone in another state.
Some examples of crimes they could charge on a federal level include:
- Possession, distribution, and/or production of child pornography
- Sexual battery of a minor
- Solicitation of a minor
- Traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sex
- Sexual abuse of a disabled person
- Sexual abuse of an elderly person
Penalties Associated with Largo Sex Crimes
The penalties you might face if convicted of a sex crime in Florida depend greatly on the type and severity of the crime. The consequences and length of your sentence would depend on:
- The type of crime committed
- The age of the victim—there are harsher (and sometimes mandatory lengthy prison sentences) penalties for children, teens, and seniors
- The severity of any physical injuries to victims
- Your criminal history, especially of similar offenses
- Other aggravating facts of the case
In general, you can expect to face fines and the possibility of time behind bars for any sex crime conviction. Probation is possible in some cases. More serious crimes may come with mandatory minimum sentences in county jail or state or federal prison.
There Are Also Other Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction
Facing sex crime accusations can cause serious harm to your social life, community life, and career. They only way to avoid this is to clear your name as soon as possible. If convicted, you will likely need to register as a sex offender under The Florida Sexual Predators Act. This registry tracks convicted sex offenders, publishing their name and address as well as general facts about the case.
You will be responsible for keeping your information up to date, including:
- Social media accounts
- Other general contact information
These records are public, meaning your neighbors and others can search for sex offenders nearby and learn about your history. As you can probably imagine, depending on who sees your listing, you could face serious consequences. You could get evicted, ostracized, or fired. Landlords may refuse to rent to you, and potential employers may not hire you.
For some, being on the registry is more detrimental to their everyday life than jail time or other parts of their sentence. If possible, the sex crime lawyers from Goldman Wetzel will fight to help you avoid registering as a sex offender in Florida. This may be possible by clearing your name or reducing the charges against you. Call (727) 828-3900 to learn more about how we can help.
Let a Sex Crimes Lawyer Create an Aggressive Defense Strategy on Your Behalf
At Goldman Wetzel, criminal defense attorneys Summer Goldman and Maribeth Wetzel handle every case together. When you hire one, you hire both. This is integral to the way we approach every case because it allows us to understand all sides.
With Summer’s background working in the prosecutor’s office, we have a good idea of how the state attorney will approach your case. Maribeth is a career defense attorney who knows what it takes to aggressively fight accusations and achieve a more favorable outcome for her clients.
Together, we can pursue the most positive outcome possible based on the facts of your case and the circumstances of your arrest. While every case is different, there are some common defense strategies we may be able to use.
We will examine the evidence to determine if allegations are either false, exaggerated or simply insufficient of the crime. When possible, we are apt at making the prosecutor or jury recognize there is insufficient evidence that you committed the crime. Also, we investigate whether the police violated your rights with an illegal search and seizure. We will even question whether DNA evidence matches or if there are other significant problems with the DNA evidence.
But we need to get started on your case as early as possible, preferably before you face charges. When you hire a sex crimes lawyer early on, we may be able to intervene before prosecutors formalize charges against you.
Talk to a Sex Crimes Lawyer in Largo
The attorneys from Goldman Wetzel can go to work today to defend your reputation and protect your future. Let us review your case for free. We take on cases in Largo and greater Pinellas County, as well as Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Bradenton. Call (727) 828-3900 now to talk to a member of our team about your case.