“Sex crimes” is a category of crimes that include a number of different statutes and can include criminal conduct where no physical contact is involved. It also includes the crimes of rape and sexual assault. It can involve sexual acts against minors, including child pornography.
This category of crimes carries some of the most severe penalties under Florida law. The mandatory minimums and possible maximums are significant. But the consequences do not end there. Some of the most damaging aspects of a sentence for a sex crime is the requirement to be placed on the sex offender registry and possible indefinite placement in a civil commitment facility even after your sentence is served.
Every criminal case should be defended aggressively but this is especially true when it comes to sex crimes. If you are facing a charge involving a sex offense, My.Attorney should be your first call. We have been defending clients in Florida for over 25 years and have a proven track record of winning cases by getting charges reduced or dropped entirely. We are aggressive and tough and are dedicated to protecting your rights. We offer free evaluations for all criminal cases. Contact our office today to get a dedicated legal team on your side to defend your case.
Types of Sex Crimes
Florida law criminalizes:
- Child pornography
- Rape/Sexual Assault
- Indecent Exposure
- Statutory Rape
- Molestation/Sexual Contact with Minors
If your charge is a felony, you are likely facing mandatory minimum prison time. Since each case is different, please contact our office so that we can determine what the minimum and maximum penalties are in your particular case.
Possible Indefinite “Civil” Commitment
Florida has a number of tough laws requiring mandatory prison sentences in almost every serious sex crime. One thing many people are not aware of is that even after you have served your time Florida law allows the State to “commit” you to a facility even after you have served the term of your criminal sentence. This can be extended indefinitely.
Although such a system seems unconstitutional and patently unfair, it is currently the law in Florida. When seeking legal counsel, you should be aware of this possibility and discuss the likelihood of being “committed” even after your sentence is complete. While currently used in only rare cases, you need to ensure that your attorney is prepared to protect you against such a proceeding.
Likely Required to Register as a Sex Offender
One of the most damaging results of being convicted of a sex offense is that sex offenses carry long-term, lifelong consequences. Unlike most other crimes, anyone convicted of a sex offense, regardless of severity, is considered a sex offender by the State of Florida and faces having his or her name added to state and federal sex offender registries.
If you are required to register, your crime will follow you around for years. You will have to update your address every time you move, your information will be included in public databases accessible by your neighbors and colleagues, and you will likely be limited in the locations where you are permitted to live. No other crime in the Florida justice system includes such a horrendous long-term impact on your reputation and life. Simply put, the conviction of a sex crime will almost certainly haunt you for decades.
Some requirements imposed by Florida law against sex offenders include:
- Being required to update your current address every 3 to 6 months for life
- Restrictions about where you can live
- A court-ordered curfew
- Mandatory sex offender counseling
- Possible ban from accessing the internet
- Being required to give a DNA sample
- No contact order with any children
- Being required to submit to warrantless searches of your person, home, office or vehicle.
- Mandatory electronic monitoring
- Restrictions against the type of work you can perform and where you can work
As you can see, even after your release following a conviction for a sex offense, the registry requirements are strict and almost endless. In some ways, these requirements are worse than the prison or jail time associated with the crime.
That is why it is vitally important that you hire the best attorney available to fight your charges. At My.Attorney, we have over 25 years of experience fighting sex offenses and helping clients to avoid the negative consequences of being required to register as sex offenders. Don’t let an accusation against you change your life forever. Call us to get a dedicated and aggressive legal team on your case and fight back! Your future may depend on it.
What to Do After Being Charged With Sex Crimes
First, if you become aware that you are being investigated or charged with a crime, do NOT speak to anyone in law enforcement, school officials, or anyone else. You have a right to remain silent. You should be aware that law enforcement may or may not tell you during the early investigation phase that you have the right to remain silent. It is normal and understandable to think that if you only explained yourself, the officers would see and understand your side of the story. This is not true. Those officers are trying to establish a case against you, not prove your innocence!
Second, get an attorney immediately. This process can be slow and while the case is proceeding, your daily life will be turned upside down. If you contact our office, we will help you to begin your defense from the start. We can help you document a timeline and any potential alibi defenses you might have. We can help you preserve evidence of your innocence.
Third, even being charged with a sex crime is extremely damaging to your reputation. It is likely that you will want to clear your name to family, friends, and co-workers. But your best course of action is to not have any conversations with anyone about the case. There will be a time to clear your name and re-establish your reputation. But doing so while a case is pending, will not help your case and could be devastating. Do not discuss the case with anyone other than your attorneys
If you have been charged with a sex crime, you will need the best defense available. Contact the attorneys at My.Attorney. Don’t wait until the problem gets any worse.