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Navigating Sex Crime Charges in Florida

What is Considered a Sex Crime?

If you are accused of a sex crime, there is often a presumption of guilt and unfair bias associated with these accusations that can be almost as destructive as a conviction. Having immediate and experienced representation can significantly impact the outcome of your case. Attorney David Webster brings a unique skill set that only a former prosecutor can bring and has helped many clients charged with sex crimes get their lives back.

Sex crimes in Florida carry severe penalties, including lengthy prison sentences and registration as a sex offender. Attorney Webster’s experience as a former prosecutor gives his clients an advantage when litigating these charges in court. Hiring a trial-tested criminal defense attorney with sex crime experience is essential. Do not risk your future or your freedom; call our office today at (407) 326-0650 for a free consultation. 

Common Sex Crime Charges

The state considers many factors before charging someone, and in some cases, individuals could face multiple charges. Our skilled legal team has over 30 years of experience defending clients facing these very serious charges. We are prepared to challenge the prosecution and present your side to a jury. Some of the most common charges are listed below.   

  • Child pornography
  • Failure to register as a sex offender/predator
  • Human trafficking & Sex trafficking
  • Lewd & lascivious acts
  • Prostitution & solicitation
  • Rape & statutory rape
  • Sex with a minor
  • Sexual battery
  • Unlawful sexual activity

Charges and Penalties

The table shows the MAXIMUM penalty for each conviction in Florida:

Sex CrimeFelonyImprisonmentFine
Sexual BatterySecond Degree15 Years$10,000
Sexual Battery + Aggravating FactorsFirst Degree30 Years$10,000
Victim between 12-17 Years OldLife FelonyLifetime$15,000
Perpetrator 18+, Victim 12 or underCapital FelonyLifetime no chance of early release 

 Do’s and Don’ts

Do:

  • REMAIN SILENT! Anything you say can and will be used against you
  • Call our firm for a FREE case evaluation
  • Hire an experienced sex crime criminal defense attorney
  • Write a timeline of events leading up to the event, the event, and after
  • Make a comprehensive list of witnesses, officers, and anyone involved with contact information
  • Give your attorney supporting evidence (ONLY your lawyer)

Don’t:

  • DO NOT talk to the police or the victim/accuser
  • DO NOT ignore these accusations
  • DO NOT post on social media or talk about the event with anyone except your lawyer
  • DO NOT let your emotions get the best of you

How An Experienced Lawyer Can Mitigate Charges and Defend Your Freedom

False accusations can be just as destructive to your reputation as a conviction. They are often made as a result of jealousy, revenge, or anger. Our job is to aggressively defend your innocence and remind the jury that the burden of proof is on the prosecution. In the U.S., it is estimated that of all prisoners, 1 in 25 are wrongfully convicted.

Attorney Webster’s insight as a former prosecutor gives you a strong defense against the tactics used by the State to seek convictions. We have defense options and legal strategies that work in your best interest to help you get your life back.  In some cases, we may be able to get your charges reduced or even dismissed.

Schedule a Case Evaluation Today

Convictions are life-changing events that destroy reputations and relationships and often impact where you can work and live. Defendants who are convicted will be labeled sex offenders for their entire life. Do not risk your future; we are trusted criminal defense attorneys prepared to aggressively fight for you in court.

Our firm has represented hundreds of clients facing sex crime charges. We can help you navigate legal proceedings and advocate your innocence in court. Call our Longwood, Florida office today at (407) 326-0650 to schedule a FREE consultation. We will answer your questions and discuss options for seeking a favorable outcome in your case.

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