When facing sex crimes charges in Tampa, you need a team you can count on.
When you trust the sex crimes lawyers in Tampa at Goldman Wetzel to handle your case, you can be sure you are getting a team that puts you first. We understand the shame and embarrassment you feel, and we know how daunting the legal system can be — and we can help.
Call us today to get started: 727-828-3900.
What Are the Penalties for Sex Crimes in Tampa?
In Tampa, a conviction on sex crimes charges will put you behind bars in almost every case. In addition, you will have to pay a hefty fine. The judge may also require a psychological evaluation, treatment, and mandated counseling.
In most cases, the most damaging aspects of a sex crime conviction are the permanent criminal record and the requirement to register as a sex offender, usually for life. And, after your conviction, these charges are never eligible for sealing or expungement.
In accordance with Chapter 46 of the Florida statutes, the penalties associated with the various types of sex crimes range from a few months in jail to decades — or life — in prison.
Some of the most common sex crimes in Tampa, as well as their associated penalties, are listed below.
- Prostitution/solicitation: $500 fine and 60 days in jail for a first offense
- Voyeurism: $1,000 fine and one year in jail for a first offense
- Indecent Exposure: $1,000 fine and one year in jail for first offense
- Sexting: $1,000 fine and one year in prison for an offense after the first
- Lewd and Lascivious Behavior: $500 fine and 60 days in jail, $10,000 and up to 15 years in prison if the victim is under 16 years of age
- Possession of Child Pornography: $5,000 fine and five years in jail
- Sexual Battery: $10,000 fine and up to life in prison, depending on the victim’s age
Upon conviction for a sex crime, your crime will go on your permanent record and you must register as a sex offender in Tampa. As part of your registration, you must provide all your contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, your employer information and address, and all your social media and online identities.
Having a sex offender conviction on your permanent record will affect your life in an infinite number of ways. It can make getting a job or renting an apartment almost impossible. It will preclude you from holding most types of professional licensure. If yours was a felony conviction, you will lose many of your civil liberties, including the legal right to own or possess a firearm. You may even lose custody of your children, depending on the nature of your offense.
In Florida, some sex crimes qualify for federal charges. Conviction on federal sex crimes charges can bring on even harsher penalties. Offenses that may qualify for federal charges include the following.
- Distribution of child pornography
- Sexual assault of a minor
- In-person or online solicitation of a minor
- Sexual abuse of a disabled person
- Sexual abuse of an elderly person
Finally, although it may cause less concern than the other potential penalties, the personal and social stigma of a sex crime conviction can cost you family and friends and make you a pariah in your own community.
Can the Sex Crimes Lawyers at Goldman Wetzel Help?
When officers arrest you for a sex crime in Tampa, you are likely scared and confused. They might use this to their advantage and attempt to get you to admit something. If you call the Goldman Wetzel team as soon as you are arrested, we can step in and ensure you do not say anything that will jeopardize your case. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we might be able to convince the prosecutor to forgo filing charges or create a plea bargain and accept lesser charges.
We will also handle all communication with officers and the prosecution to ensure they do not trick you into making a bad deal simply to get out of jail. And we know the tactics the prosecution might use because one of our team members, Summer Goldman, started her career at the State Attorney’s Office.
Regardless of when you get us involved, you can rest assured that we have only your best interests in mind. We will always provide all the information you need to understand your situation and make the best choice for you and your future. We also ensure the prosecution gets to know you so you are not just another case file to get through.
As soon as you hire us, our legal team will begin collecting evidence, talking to witnesses, reviewing police reports, and looking for flaws or weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Using that information, we can build the strongest possible case in your defense.
What Are Some Potential Defenses in My Tampa Sex Crimes Case?
Although we tailor our criminal defense strategies to address the precise details of your case, the Goldman Wetzel legal team calls on some strategies more frequently than others when defending clients against sex crimes charges in Tampa. These defenses often include:
- Insufficient evidence
- False allegations
- Exaggerated allegations
- Illegal search and seizure
- Faulty DNA evidence
Because sex crimes concern sensitive topics that can affect many people, we ensure that our approach is appropriate to facts of your case.
We may also seek professional opinions and testimony from subject matter experts, psychologists, and medical professionals.
At Goldman Wetzel, our sex crimes defense lawyer team will work tirelessly to ensure we provide you with the best possible legal protection.
Goldman Wetzel: Sex Crime Lawyers in Tampa
The Goldman Wetzel approach to criminal defense provides you with insightful, compassionate representation. We understand how challenging your situation is and we will be there for you every step of the way.
We provide complimentary consultations and case reviews for potential clients, so we can explain your options and answer your questions. Call us today to discuss your case: 727-828-3900.