If the police arrested you for a Palm Harbor, FL sex crime, our team is here to help. The sex crimes lawyers in Palm Harbor, FL at Goldman Wetzel are ready to go to work for you if they accuse you, interrogate you, or charge you for a Florida sex crime. There is no reason to fight this on your own.
We will fight to protect your rights and aggressively pursue a more favorable outcome in your case. Both of our criminal defense lawyers work together, allowing us to view your case both as a former prosecutor and as a career defense attorney.
Call us today at 727-828-3900. We can answer any questions you have, or we can get to work right away. We may be able to prevent charges before they file them in some cases.
Understanding the Consequences of a Palm Harbor Sex Crimes Conviction
“Sex crimes” covers a wide range of illegal acts, and the penalties when convicted vary widely as well. The severity of the sentence you could face depends on several factors, including:
- The crime
- The age of the victim
- The severity of any injuries
- Your criminal history
- Other facts of the case
Most sex crime convictions come with at least fines and some time in jail or state prison. A first offense, according to Chapter 46 of the Florida statutes, could lead to:
- $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail for indecent exposure
- $10,000 and up to 15 years in prison if the victim is under age 16 for lewd and lascivious behavior
- $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail for possession of child pornography
- $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail for prostitution or solicitation
- $1,000 fine and one year in prison for a second or subsequent offense of sexting
- $10,000 fine and up to life in prison for sexual battery
- $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail for voyeurism
More serious sex crimes are often charged on the federal level. This means increased penalties, larger fines, and more time in prison. This includes:
- Distribution of child pornography
- Sexual assault or battery of a minor
- Solicitation of a minor
- Sexual abuse of a disabled or elderly person
You May Also Have to Register as a Sex Offender
Even after you serve your time in jail after a conviction, you may need to register as a sex offender under Florida law. Sex crimes convictions in Florida remain on your criminal record forever. You cannot seal or expunge this type of crime. In addition, most people need to register as a sex offender on the Florida registry.
This requires you to provide and regularly update your:
- Phone numbers
- Email address
- Employer’s name, address, and contact information
- Social media accounts
- Any other requested information
If you fail to do so, you could face arrest. The public can search the sex offender registry and find out where you live and the crime they convicted you for. Your neighbors may demand you move, landlords may refuse to lease to you, and you could even lose your job.
Let Our Palm Harbor Sex Crimes Lawyers Help You
It is normal to feel scared and confused when police accuse you of committing a heinous crime. However, law enforcement may use this to their advantage. When they bring you in for questioning, they know you are feeling unsure of yourself, and they try to use this to get you to admit to something even if you did not do it. This is why we recommend calling the Goldman Wetzel team as soon as possible.
Our team will protect your rights, attending every interrogation with you to ensure you do not put your case in jeopardy. By starting early, we may also be able to make short work of your case by quickly:
- Convincing the prosecutor not to file charges
- Convincing the prosecutor to drop the charges
- Negotiating a plea bargain agreement for lesser charges
With our team on your side, you will never have to feel alone while you navigate the criminal justice process. We know how this works and what to expect, and will ensure you do, too. We can protect your rights and fight for a favorable outcome in your case.
As soon as possible after your call, we will go to work for you. We can build a solid case for your defense, employ a strong defense strategy, and aggressively pursue the best outcome available based on the facts of your case.
Common Defenses for Palm Harbor, FL Sex Crimes
No two cases are alike. Before we act, we look into the facts of your case. We review the police report, interview witnesses, and discuss what happened with you. We may also call in professionals and specialists who can help, including psychologists, doctors, subject matter experts, and others.
Only once we understand your case can we prepare the defense strategy that may work best in your case. Some common strategies include:
- False allegations
- Exaggerated allegations
- Insufficient evidence of a crime
- Insufficient evidence you committed the crime
- Illegal search and seizure
- Problems with DNA evidence
Talk to Our Sex Crimes Lawyers in Palm Harbor, Florida
At Goldman Wetzel, our two criminal defense attorneys work together as a team on every case. When you hire one of us, you hire both of us. Because of our varied career experiences, this allows us to provide more aggressive representation for our clients.
We offer complimentary consultations. Let us review your case for free or get started immediately if necessary. Call us today at 727-828-3900.