If you have been charged with a sex crime in Pinellas Park, you are probably scared and overwhelmed at the process that lies ahead of you. Along with the social stigma of being charged with a sex crime, if you are found guilty, you will likely face significant and possibly devastating penalties, including years in prison and registration as a sex offender with the National Sex Offender Registry.
However, you are not alone.
The committed criminal defense attorneys at Goldman Wetzel can review your case and quickly get to work planning your defense. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and achieving results for our clients. Many cases we have worked on have seen acquittals or reduced charges.
Contact a sex crimes lawyer in Pinellas Park today at (727) 828-3900 for a free consultation.
Common Sex Crime Charges
Common charges that we can assist with are:
- Indecent exposure
- Public indecency
- Date rape
- Internet sex crimes
- Child pornography
- Failing to register as a sex offender
- Lewd and lascivious battery and molestation
- Sexual battery
- Statutory rape
The defense attorneys at Goldman Wetzel are dedicated to helping you fight the charges you are facing. Call (727) 828-3900 now for a free consultation.
Types of Sex Crimes Explained
Sex crime charges can result in excessive fines, probation, rehabilitation, jail, or prison.
Sexual Battery and Rape
These charges refer to any crimes that include the use of coercion or force with another party where the non-consensual activity is sexual in nature. This type of crime will put the offending party on the sex offender registry for the rest of his life.
Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor
If someone 24 years of age or older has sexual contact with someone who is at or below the age of 17, the adult has become involved in a sex crime.
The Florida Senate explains that our state has a “Romeo and Juliet” law to prevent the prosecution of couples who are significantly close in age, and one or both of them are below the age of consent.
Lewd Conduct and Lascivious Behavior
Any sexual activity with a minor who is under the age of 16 is considered lewd conduct or lascivious behavior. Any minor below the age of 16 cannot provide legal consent. Nor is ignorance of the minor’s age a defense if you are charged with this crime. These charges all carry with them mandatory prison sentences depending on where the person scores on our sentencing guidelines.
That said, false charges happen every day. A sex crimes lawyer in Pinellas Park can help you defend yourself against charges and fight to have them dropped or reduced.
Potential Defenses Against Sex Crimes in Pinellas Park
Regardless of the charges that are being brought against you, the state must prove each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt to convict you. We thoroughly investigate and challenge the state’s case, including witness statements and the alleged victim’s statement.
Some of the potential defenses we may use in your case include:
- Faulty accusations from victims
- False witness testimony
- Misleading witness interviews
- Mistaken identify
- Faulty forensic testing methods
- Unfair bias based on race, gender, socio-economic factors, and sexual orientation
Once we have decided to work together, we will share with you the steps we will take to protect your future and your freedom.
Contact Goldman Wetzel at (727) 828-3900 for a free, no-obligation review of your case.
Arrest and Charge of a Sex Crime in Pinellas Park
Sex crimes are serious offenses, and there are some steps you should take—or rather not take—if you find yourself being arrested or charged with one of these crimes.
Do Not Discuss Your Case With Investigators While Alone
Do not discuss your case with investigators unless you have an attorney present. Even statements you make innocently can be taken out of context or twisted and held against you. It can be quite hard for people not to say something incriminating inadvertently, so it is a good idea to wait until a lawyer is with you before discussing your case with the police.
Contact a Lawyer
A sex crime conviction can bring a lifetime of difficulty, even when you are innocent. When accusations are made public, there is often a rush to judgment from employers, spouses, family, and friends. The stigma of an accusation alone can impact your life for years, not to mention the ramifications of a guilty verdict.
Goldman Wetzel Can Help Your Sex Crime Case
If you have been arrested or charged with a sex crime, there is a lot at stake, including your name, reputation, future, and your freedom. To assist you, we will explain the details of your charge and the process you will be going through with our legal system. We work hard to quash the accusations and ensure that your rights are upheld. To defend you, we collect evidence to support your case, building a strong defense. Furthermore, we will identify flaws in the prosecution’s case and errors in the investigators’ or law enforcement officers’ investigation.
Our primary focus is trying to get the charges against you dropped or reduced. But time is of the essence in sex crime cases. Memories fade with time, and it can be far easier to gather evidence while the events are fresh in the minds of all involved.
Call right away for a free review of your case with a member of our team. Summer’s background in the prosecutor’s office and Meribeth’s background as a career defense attorney affords them a unique advantage for their clients. Hiring one of us means you hire both of us. We have worked on many cases like yours and are proud of the results we have been able to get for our clients. Do not delay. It is important to hire a sex crimes lawyer in Pinellas Park early, so we can intervene before the charges are formalized. Contact the attorneys from Goldman Wetzel right away at (727) 828-3900.