Miami Sex Offenses Attorney
Florida’s sexual offense statutes, as set forth in Chapter 794 of the state’s criminal code, are lengthy and extensive. Conviction of certain sex crimes means a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. For many others, conviction will require the person to register as a sexual offender. This will have devastating effects on the quality of the person’s life, and those effects could be permanent. Being charged with a sex crime is an extremely serious situation, and if you or someone you love is in such a position, it is absolutely vital that you contact a criminal defense attorney experienced in defending cases of this nature.
Some common sex offenses include:
- Prostitution. In Florida it is illegal to offer, accept, or trade sexual favors for money. For those who do, or attempt to do so, a misdemeanor charge of solicitation can be levied for first-time offenders, and habitual offenders can face felony charges. It is also a felony to procure individuals for prostitution (also known as pimping), to live off the earnings of a prostitute, or to run a house or other location in which acts of prostitution are taking place.
- Sexual battery, or rape. This includes any type of sexual intercourse without the willful consent of the other individual(s), or intercourse with persons less than 16 years of age. Included are barriers to consent such as mental or physical helplessness or incapacitation, and the use or threats of physical violence, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or extortion. Individuals facing sexual battery charges can be subject to sentences of up to life imprisonment without parole; in fact, sexual battery on a person under age 12 is a capital offense, although the death penalty does not apply.
- Internet sex crimes. These include offenses such as possession or distribution of child pornography; soliciting minors to commit sexual acts; arranging “sex tours” targeting underage children in foreign countries; and the like. Because of their potential worldwide reach, these crimes are generally handled by Federal authorities. Quite often pornographic images of children are detected when a person brings a personal computer to a technician for repair, even if the person believes the images to be securely stored.
If a person is convicted or pleads guilty to a sexual offense, in all likelihood he will have to register as a sexual offender. This is a devastating status that can follow him for the rest of his life. He may be prohibited from living in certain neighborhoods because of their proximity to schools, public parks, and other areas where children congregate. In many neighborhoods where he is permitted to live, his neighbors will learn of his status through public media sources. He will certainly be barred from certain types of employment, especially those involving frequent contact with children. In fact, certain sex offenders who are sentenced to fixed prison terms may be taken into custody upon completing their sentences, to be placed in civil commitment programs which involve continued incarceration. To be released from such a program, the offender is required to prove that he will not pose a risk of committing new offenses, and often receives a hearing on the issue only after an extended period of further confinement.
It is absolutely essential that anyone being contacted by law enforcement regarding a sex crime investigation contact an experienced criminal attorney immediately–no matter how minor the allegations may seem–so that his or her rights are protected and the best outcome possible can be achieved. The Tony Moss Firm stands ready at all times to assist; just call 877.547.9407, or email us at Tony@TonyMossLaw.com.