Sex Crimes in Florida
The term “sex crime” is a rather broad term that many people hear on the news and immediately associate with rape. However, there are far more variations of sex crimes in the state of Florida then you may be aware of. Regardless of the charge, being convicted of a sex crime can have disastrous long-term repercussions on the course of your life. Thus, if you are being investigated for a sex crime in Florida, it is critical that you immediately reach out to an experienced Florida sex crime attorney. The right attorney can make a world of difference as your case progresses; do not let your freedom go to chance.
The following is a brief outline of some of the most common sex-related offenses we see in Florida. For a better understanding of any of these crimes it is best that you speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.
- Rape: According to Florida law, sexual battery or rape occurs when an individual penetrates the sex organs or another individual without their consent. This can include vaginal, oral, or anal penetration. Depending on the crime that occurred this offense can carry a first or second-degree felony conviction.
- Lewd Conduct: In most instances, this crime is considered a second-degree misdemeanor. Lewd conduct or behavior occurs when an individual participates in indecent or crude behavior.
- Statutory Rape: This crime occurs when an adult penetrates the sexual organs or a minor. A conviction of this crime is a second-degree felony. In order to be convicted of this crime the defendant must be 24 years old or older and must have penetrated a 16 or 17-year-old.
- Child Pornography: A conviction of a child pornography-related offense can be one of the most serious crimes in the state of Florida. A conviction of the production, promotion, or consumption of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor can carry a first-degree felony. Child pornography charges can vary in severity depending on the nature of the content and the age of the victim being exploited.
- Indecent Exposure: This is typically considered a first-degree misdemeanor. In most instances, this crime occurs when an individual exposes their sexual organs in public.
Let Us Help You with Your Case
If you have been charged with a sex crime, the prosecutor must prove every element of your case beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that if the jury still has a doubt about your case, you will be acquitted of the charges you face. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to work with you to formulate a defense that holds up against the pressures of the prosecution. At the Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit our dedicated team of attorneys is uniquely qualified to defend you against the charges you face. Our team has over 40 years experience defending Florida residents against allegations of sexual offenses. We understand the severity of the charges you face and are prepared to aggressively advocate on your behalf. For more information give us a call at 352-505-1799 for a free initial telephone consultation.