Tampa Sex Crime Defense Attorney
Have you been arrested for a sexual offense?
Sex crimes are detailed in Title XLVI of the Florida Statutes in various sections such as § 794 and § 800. In many cases, an alleged sex offense alone is enough to destroy a person's reputation. The attorneys at our firm have years of experience in cases involving sex crimes. In fact, an attorney from our firm is a former sex crimes prosecutor for Hillsborough County. If you have recently been arrested for this type of crime, there is much at stake. Convictions can not only mean time in prison, probation, and other criminal penalties, but permanent listing on the sex offender registry. Only a highly skilled and experienced attorney should be trusted with this type of criminal accusation.
Under the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida's Public Safety Information Act went into effect in 1997. The act was designed to increase public awareness of sexual offenders and promote public safety. This is just one example of the way that the state of Florida takes sex offenses so seriously. There are many sex offenses recognized by the state of Florida. Listed below are just some of the following that our firm will handle.
Types of Sex Crimes in Florida
This is a criminal offense per the Florida Statute 847.001. This is a crime involving any and all images depicting minors engaged in sexual conduct. According to the definition of a "minor" by Florida Statute 847.001(8), a minor is anyone under the age of 18 years old. Many people may unknowingly download child pornography. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement encourages all those that find child pornographic sites should report the website to the local authorities.
Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
It is a criminal offense to fail to register as a sex offender or a sexual predator after being convicted for a sex offense. This crime can actually be as serious as a second degree felony in the state of Florida. This is a crime per § 943.0435 of the Florida Statutes.
Internet Sex Crimes
Crimes that take place on the internet can be investigated by federal authorities rather than simply local or state authorities. Some examples of internet sex crimes are: soliciting a minor or child pornography.
Lewd or Lascivious Offenses
Chapter 800 of the Florida Statutes cover the crimes of lewdness and indecent exposure. These are broad terms that could encompass actions such as exposing sexual organs in public, sex crimes committed against a person under the age of 16 or exhibition of sexual organs to a coworker or employee.
This is a specific type of sexual battery. § 794.005-794.09 gives the definition of rape as well as penalties and restrictions for those convicted of rape, including statutory rape. Rape is distinguished from sexual abuse, in that it is typically a one-time act of violence rather than a consistent pattern of sexual abuse.
Sex Crimes Against Children
A child or a "minor" is anyone under the age of 18. Therefore, any sexual touching or other sexual activity with a person under the age of 18 could constitute a sex crime. Sex crimes are already serious in nature, but are considered "aggravated" offenses when they involve children. Other acts of child abuse, including sexual offenses, are detailed in Chapter 827 of the Florida Statues.
Chapter 794 is the body of law that details and defines the penalties for the crime of sexual battery. A person convicted of a felony § 794.011 "sexual battery" will be considered a "dangerous sexual felony offender." Per § 775.082 of the statutes, a first degree felony can be punishable by up to 30 years in prison and in some cases even life imprisonment.
Tampa Sex Crimes Defense – Taracks Gomez & Rickman
We will fight vigorously for your rights and fair treatment. Our attorneys are former prosecutors which means they have experience on both sides of the criminal justice system and therefore a knowledge of how the prosecution might attack your case. Sex crimes can vary widely in terms of seriousness and penalties but don't make the mistake of not hiring the best attorney possible for your legal representation. Let our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys and a former sex crimes prosecutor go to work for you. To learn more about the sex crimes that we handle as well as possible defenses in your favor, please contact a Tampa sex crimes lawyer from our firm today to receive a complimentary consultation!