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Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers

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Sex crime accusations can be severe and distressing – and Florida takes sex crime charges very seriously.

If you have been arrested for a sex crime charge, not only do you face an aggressive prosecution from the State Attorney’s Office, but you could also be facing negative stigma both inside and outside of the courtroom. Many people convicted or even accused of rape and sexual assault suffer losses in their personal lives, and stigmas within the courtroom could impact your ability to have a fair trial.

No matter the crime, our team of experienced St. Petersburg, Florida sex crime defense attorneys at Fletcher & Fletcher will listen to your side of the story and fight for your rights in court.

“Rick Fletcher worked very hard and got my case dismissed! Thanks! I would recommend him to everyone!”

~ Kurt D.

Sex Crime Cases in St. Petersburg, Florida

Law enforcement in Florida often expends significant time and resources to prosecute sex crimes.

These can include anything ranging from prostitution, rape or sexual battery, child molestation, internet sex crimes and child pornography.

  • Rape or sexual battery
    Sexual battery is any non-consensual sexual penetration. Florida law defines it as: “oral, anal, or female genital penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or female genital penetration of another by any other object; however, sexual battery does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose.”
  • Child molestation
    Child molestation falls under Florida’s statute for lewd and lascivious molestation: “A person who intentionally touches in a lewd or lascivious manner the breasts, genitals, genital area, or buttocks, or the clothing covering them, of a person less than 16 years of age, or forces or entices a person under 16 years of age to so touch the perpetrator, commits lewd or lascivious molestation.”
  • Internet sex crimes
    While certain sexual encounters between consenting adults on the internet are not against the law in Florida, the most serious internet sex charges involve interactions with children.
  • Child pornography
    Child pornography is one of the biggest examples of internet sex crimes. Florida law defines this crime as: “Any image depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct; or any image that has been created, altered, adapted, or modified by electronic, mechanical, or other means, to portray an identifiable minor engaged in sexual conduct.”
  • Prostitution
    Florida law also prohibits solicitation: “To own, establish, maintain, or operate any place, structure, building, or conveyance for the purpose of lewdness, assignation, or prostitution; or to offer, or to offer or agree to secure, another for the purpose of prostitution or for any other lewd or indecent act.”

If you have been accused of any of these types of sex crimes – or another type of sex crime – in St. Petersburg, it is vital to get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Penalties for Sex Crimes in Florida

In most cases involving sex crimes, a person could find themselves facing life-altering penalties.

Multiple years of imprisonment, lifelong registration as a sex offender or sex predator, thousands of dollars in fines, and probation are all potential consequences.

The severity and details of these penalties depend on the specific crime and the details of the case.

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Generally, here are some of the most common penalties you can face for sex crimes in Florida:

  • Sex Offender Registry
    Anyone convicted of a sex crime felony must register to Florida’s sexual offender registry, as well as general U.S. registries and update their residence regularly for the rest of their life.
  • Jail time
    Anyone convicted of a sex crime felony in Florida will face incarceration.
  • Sex Offender Probation
    Anyone convicted of a sex crime felony in Florida will also be placed on Sex Offender Probation, restricting where they can live, imposing a curfew and mandatory sex offender counseling, and restricting employment opportunities.

Additionally, in Florida, the State Attorney can also choose to seek to have someone “committed” to a civil commitment facility even after they complete a prison sentence for a sex crime.

How Fletcher & Fletcher Can Help

If you or a loved one has been accused of one of these types of sex crimes, Fletcher & Fletcher is here to help during this frightening time.

We know that matters are often more complicated than they seem, and it’s our job to truly listen to your story and relay that story while defending your rights and your freedom. We’ve dedicated our lives to looking past what people have been accused of or what they’ve been charged with.

We will work diligently to investigate your case, build your defense, and give you the best chance of protecting your freedom.

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If you have been charged with a sex crime – or if you are under investigation for one – contact Fletcher & Fletcher to begin building a strong defense to these devastating charges.

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