Florida is home to some of the harshest penalties in the nation for those charged with sex crimes. Individuals charged with a sex crime face prison time, fines, strict probation, and a long time of being registered as a sex offender, which can limit the ability to find suitable employment, adequate housing, education, and experiences. Unfortunately, accusations alone can severely impact relationships, as well.
However, people who are facing criminal charges on Marco Island, FL for a sex crime have hope. A qualified and experienced sex crime attorney can fight for you and defend your case. For the strongest chance of minimizing the damage potentially caused by a sex crime accusation, take immediate action to begin your defense and partner with a skilled Marco Island attorney.
When it comes to criminal defense, the team at the Law Office of Donald P. Day understands that every story is two-sided. Offering compassionate and judgment-free legal counsel, our attorneys can use their decades of experience and passion to fight tirelessly for you and your rights, helping to secure the greatest possible outcome in your case.
Sex crimes cover a wide range of offenses in Florida. An offense is considered a sex crime if it involves sexual contact or behavior that is non-consensual, unlawful, and aims to sexually gratify the offender. Due to the Florida age of consent, any sexual act engaged in with a minor that is 15 years or younger will automatically be considered non-consensual.
Depending on the circumstances, sex crimes can either be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony in Florida.
There are a few offenses that, while still unlawful, are comparatively less severe than other sex crimes. They include, but are not limited to:
Most unlawful, sexually gratifying behavior is a felony in the state of Florida. They include, but are not limited to, the following acts:
Whatever the details of your particular case, there is always a defense to be made against any charges you may be facing. Generally, while not applicable in every situation, the following are the most common defenses that have been successful in having sex crime charges dismissed:
Any non-consensual and unlawful contact or behavior that results in sexual gratification for the offender is considered a sex offense. The statutes in Florida define offenses and penalties for all sex crimes ranging, for example, from indecent exposure to statutory rape. Generally, the nature of the act, the presence of aggravating factors, prior convictions, and the type of victim are all key components that will affect the determination of penalties if convicted.
Yes, Florida is very hard on sex offenders. In fact, the sex offender laws in Florida are among the strictest in the country. A convicted sex offender’s information is made public, imposing challenges to their ability to gain employment, find housing, and live a normal life. Florida imposes strict limits to their freedoms and requires individuals to complete registration forms two to four times a year. Florida even requires sex offenders from out of the state to complete registration.
Under Florida law, you can apply to get off the sex offender registry after 25 years. This length of time begins once your sentence has ended, including jail time, probation, or parole requirements. Once 25 years from the completion of these requirements has elapsed, you are eligible, provided you have not committed any further felonies or misdemeanors since your release, the original offense was not severe, and you are registered as a sex offender and not a sexual predator.
In Florida, the average sentence for a sex offender is usually between 6 to 36 months. While there are many factors that impact the length of a sentence for individuals convicted of a sex crime, such as the severity of the offense, prior convictions, and the presence of aggravating factors, Florida’s use of minimum statutory sentences is the biggest contributor to this average. In addition to jail time, probation is also included as a penalty for most sex crimes.
If you are facing sex crime charges, there is still hope. The attorneys at the Law Office of Donald P. Day can fight tenaciously for your rights. Let our team work to reduce your charges to the fullest extent possible. Whatever the details of your particular case, contact our office and speak with our attorneys today.