Florida harshly prosecutes defendants charged with any type of sex crime. Defendants not only have to face stiff penalties including imprisonment, but also the stigma attached with being on the sex offender registry, a tarnished reputation, and social ostracization.
If you have been charged with a sex crime in Sarasota, make securing a qualified, aggressive defense attorney at Goldman Wetzel your top priority. Our team of sex crimes lawyers in Sarasota have over 30 years of legal and trial experience. We represent people in both state and federal courts who have been accused committing sexual offenses, fighting to protect their rights and avoid or reduce charges.
Contact our office at 941-405-5193 to speak with a team member so we can begin working on your defense straightaway.
What Types of Sex Crimes Cases Does Goldman Wetzel Accept?
With attorney Maribeth Wetzel’s extensive background in criminal trial practice and attorney Summer Goldman’s work as a former prosecutor, they understand how prosecutors think and what kinds of defense tactics work. They are familiar with the local courts, judges, and prosecutors. Our team can handle even the most challenging cases. Some of the most commonly prosecuted sex crime cases we work on include:
- Indecent exposure
- Rape (sexual battery)
- Statutory rape and Romeo and Juliet cases
- Date rape
- Lewd and lascivious battery and molestation
- Child pornography
- Internet solicitation of minors
- Traveling to meet a minor
- Failure to register as a sex offender
How Can Goldman Wetzel Help?
Our attorneys will ensure your rights are upheld during the criminal process, develop a solid defense strategy for your case, and advocate for your best interests. Our goal is to fight for the best possible outcome for your case, be it avoiding charges altogether, securing a plea bargain, reducing penalties, or getting an acquittal.
We will heavily invest our time and resources into your case because your freedom, future, and reputation are at stake. Read below for the steps involved in crafting your defense:
Step 1: Call Goldman Wetzel at 941-405-5193 for a free consultation. During the confidential call, we will ask a few basic questions about your charges, address any concerns you may have, and explain how we may be able to help you.
Step 2: We will also explain our fee schedule and payment options, and what your next step is if you would like to proceed.
Step 3: Our attorneys will then meet together to begin working on your case right away. We will gather evidence, craft a defense, and start taking the appropriate steps.
Step 4: During the entire case, we will keep you abreast of any developments and make ourselves available if you have any questions. We will serve as your advocates and voice in court system until the case closes.
What Types of Defenses Are Effective for Sex Crimes Cases?
Each case is unique, so defense vary widely. When we take on your case, attorneys Goldman and Wetzel will review all the facts and decide which strategies and defenses would be most appropriate. For example, with child pornography charges, we might investigate how the photos or video made their way to your computer. Did someone else use your computer? Did you accidentally download a photo or video? Did malware play a role?
Some of the issues we typically address in sex crime cases include factors such as:
- Entrapment: Did the state’s involvement constitute entrapment?
- Mistaken identity: Does the state have the wrong person?
- Wrongful accusation: Did the alleged victim fabricate or grossly exaggerate the incident?
- Lack of evidence: Is there any evidence to link you to the alleged crime? You are innocent until proven guilty. The prosecutor has the burden of proving you committed the offense.
If you get us involved early enough, we may be able to persuade the prosecution to forgo filing charges. In other instances, we might try negotiating with the prosecutor for lesser charges, a lesser sentence, or alternative penalties in lieu of jail time. Contact us to review your case today so you can make informed decision about how to proceed.
What Types of Penalties Do I Face for Sex Crimes Charges?
The potential penalties you face depend on various factors, including the nature of your charges, the age of the victim, your criminal history, the jurisdiction of the case (i.e., federal or state), the evidence involved, and the strength of your defense. Understand though that due to the sensitive nature of sex crime cases, judges often dole out notably harsh punishments for convictions. Defendants with priors face even harsher penalties than first-time offenders.
General penalties for sex crimes include:
- An order to comply with the sex offender registration laws
- Commitment to a Florida Civil Commitment Center
There are also usually mandatory prison sentences for sex crimes.
A strong defense, be it affirmative or negative, is critical. Without a tough legal defense team representing you, you will have little success bringing forth your side of the story in an advantageous manner. We can help you exercise your rights and fight for a positive outcome.
Call Goldman Wetzel to Speak to a Sex Crimes Legal Team in Sarasota
At Goldman Wetzel, your defense is our top priority. Our trial lawyers have the methodologies and competency to handle even the most difficult sex crime case skillfully. Our lawyers work as a team on each case, ensuring you the best representation and counsel possible. Do not procrastinate when it comes to legal defense. The sooner we begin working on the case, the more time we will have to explore defenses, compile supportive evidence, negotiate, file motions, etc.
If you or your family member has been accused of a sex crime in Sarasota, contact our office at 941-405-5193 to speak to an attorney today.