If you are charged with or arrested for a sex crime, you face significant fines, prison time, and probation. It is important to take these allegations seriously by hiring sex crimes lawyers to help you with your case.
Additionally, if you are convicted of a sex crime, the sex offender registry represents an additional hardship for you to face after your probation, jail, or prison time is complete. Being placed on this registry restricts where you can live, and you will have to report to the government any time you move.
The sex crimes attorneys from Goldman Wetzel can help protect your rights throughout this process and defend you from the charges you are facing. Call Goldman Wetzel at (941) 405-5193 to discuss your options during a free consultation.
Types of Sexual Crimes
Sexual offenses range from misdemeanors to felonies, and each of these types of crimes carries different penalties. Punishments for sexual crimes can be severe, up to and including life in prison. Your sex crimes lawyers can help you review the evidence and circumstances surrounding your case and help you build a defense strategy that protects your rights.
According to Florida Statutes on Indecent Exposure, it is unlawful to exhibit or expose your sexual organs on the private premises of another or in public in an indecent or vulgar manner. It is also illegal to be nude in public, unless in an area designated for that purpose.
Indecent exposure is a first-degree misdemeanor. If you are convicted of indecent exposure, possible penalties may include a fine of up to $1,000 or up to a year in prison, or both.
Possession of Child Pornography
Possession of child pornography includes viewing, controlling, or knowingly possessing child pornography. Child pornography may include motion pictures, photographs, images, data files, exhibitions, shows, or any type of visual presentation. To be considered legally pornographic, the visual representation must show some type of sexual conduct. In the state of Florida, each separate image is considered a separate criminal offense.
The state of Florida prosecutes possession of child pornography as a third-degree felony. If you are convicted of possessing child pornography, the penalties can be severe. You may face thousands of dollars in fines and many years in prison. The amount of child pornography in your possession greatly affects the penalties you may face upon conviction.
Sexual battery is also referred to as rape. According to Florida Statutes on Sexual Battery, engaging in sexual activity with another person without their consent constitutes sexual battery. Some of the classifications and possible penalties for sexual battery include:
- Capital felony: crimes involving a person over the age of 18 committing sexual battery against a minor under the age of 12. You may also be charged with sexual battery if physical force or a weapon is involved in the sex crime. The penalty for a capital felony sex charge can include a fine of up to $15,000 and a sentence of up to life in prison.
- First-degree felony: crimes involving sexual battery by an adult against a minor over the age of 12. You may also be charged with a first-degree felony for using threats, force, or drugs in order to incapacitate the victim. The penalty for a first-degree felony sex conviction may include a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 30 years in prison.
- Second-degree felony: crimes in which the circumstances are similar to those in a first-degree sexual battery felony, except threats of force were not used. Penalties for a second-degree felony conviction include a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 15 years in prison.
Other Sexual Offenses
There are other sexual offenses that you may be charged with, as well. Some of these include:
- Solicitation, which could carry a $500 fine and 60 days in jail
- Prostitution, which could carry a $500 fine and 60 days in jail
- Sexting, which could carry a $1,000 and 1 year in jail
- Voyeurism, which could carry a $1,000 fine and 1 year in jail
- Lewd behavior, which could carry a $500 fine and 60 days in jail
These penalties can be greatly amplified based on your age and the age of the alleged victim.
Federal Sex Crimes
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be facing federal sex crimes charges. These can carry more significant penalties than state charges. Qualifying charges may include:
- Sexual assault of someone under the age of 18
- Sexual abuse of an elderly or disabled person
- Solicitation of a minor, whether online or in-person
- Distribution of child pornography
- Traveling to Meet a Minor to Engage in Sex
- Possession, Distribution, or Production of Child Pornography
If you have been charged with or arrested for any of the above, it is important to seek legal representation right away. Knowing your rights during these times is essential. The sex crimes attorneys from Goldman Wetzel will work with you to ensure that your rights are protected and will build a defense that is appropriate for your case. Contact us today at (941) 405-5193. The sooner that we know the details of your case, the sooner we can get to work on your defense.
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