Florida Child Sexual Abuse Laws

Charged with child molestation?

Child sexual abuse and molestation can include a variety of different actions. A child, in these cases, is usually a minor under the age of 14, and these actions are crimes regardless if they are consensual or not. Sexual abuse or molestation of a child may include any penetration of the vaginal or anal area with a sexual organ, or other object; sexual contact between the mouth, genitals, or anus of an individual and a child; intentional masturbation in the presence of a child; and many other actions.

If you have been arrested and charged with the crime of sexual abuse or molestation of a child, then you could face extremely harsh penalties for conviction of this crime. It is vitally important that you have skilled representation on your side that can help you to effectively pursue the defense of your case that you need. There are many different scenarios in which you could be charged with this kind of crime, and there are many different penalties that you could face for a criminal conviction.

Penalties for Child Molestation

The penalties for child sexual abuse or molestation will depend on a number of factors; for example, if the child is under the age of 12, then the penalties can become extremely serious. If you are over the age of 18, and you are charged with molestation of an individual under 12, then you face life felony penalties for conviction.

If you are over 18 and you are charged with molestation of a child between 12 and 16, then you will face second degree felony charges which carry up to 15 years in prison. If you are under the age of 18, and you are charged with molestation of a minor between 12 and 16, then you face third degree felony penalties which carry up to 15 years in prison.

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