Why Hire a Sex Crime Defense Lawyer?

Without an experienced lawyer, there is nothing standing between you and the maximum penalties for your offense. This may mean sex offender registration, years or even a lifetime in prison, fines and more. Your freedom, rights, and future are at stake so be sure you do everything you can to protect these things by working with a criminal lawyer quickly.

Only a skilled lawyer will be able to give you honest, helpful counsel regarding your charges. From the onset of these charges, they will be able to advise you on what to and not do to help your case and begin building a defense.

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“When I was arrested for the first time in my life of 50 years, I was simply helpless and frightened. I had to find a lawyer that I could trust would get me out of this situation. Jeff Paulk was very professional, serious and didn't mind answering all my questions and made me feel like, with him by my side, I can rest assured that I will be ok. I recommend this law firm to anyone who wants their problems resolved. I'm glad I made them my first choice.”

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Even initial police questioning without a defense attorney present could significantly affect the outcome of your case. It is best to take as many preventative measures as possible by working with a lawyer as soon as possible. Our firm will provide many valuable services to a person who has been charged with a sex crime in Florida.

This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Investigating the charges brought against the client
  • Conducting an independent analysis of evidence
  • Working with forensic, DNA and psychological experts
  • Locating and interviewing witnesses to corroborate the client's side of the story
  • Proving a sex crime accusation is false by showing the alleged victim had motive
  • Developing a strong plan of action for the client's defense
  • Keeping the client informed at every step of the case
  • Negotiating with the prosecuting attorney to receive lessened charges
  • Litigating the case in criminal court in front of a jury
  • Appealing a sex crime conviction

People who are charged with sex crimes can expect to have their lives turned upside down as they will be subjected to intrusive investigations and questioning by law enforcement. For this reason, it is always a wise idea for a person to obtain counsel from a knowledgeable attorney when charged with a sex crime.

Florida Penalties

Following are several sex crimes, and their penalties, as under Florida law. These are the maximum penalties for these offenses. An attorney may be able to, when involved in a case early enough, represent their client and prove that the charges are based off false accusations or that there is not enough evidence to hold the client responsible for the crime. Whatever the strategy, the ultimate goal of the Tampa criminal attorneys from our law firm is to ensure our clients do not receive maximum penalties for their charge.

Sexual Assault

  • Against a Person Over 12, Without Violence or Force: 15 Years in Prison and/or $10,000 Fine
  • Against a Person Over 12, with the Threat or Use of a Deadly Weapon: Life in Prison
  • Against a Person Under 12, Causing Injury to Sexual Organs: Death Sentence or Life in Prison

Statutory Rape

  • Depending on the Age of the Victim: Up to 15 Years in Prison and/or $10,000 Fine

Child Molestation

  • Depending on the Age of the Victim: Life in Prison / 15 Years in Prison

Child Pornography

  • Possession: 5 Years in State Prison, per Piece of Material
  • Production / Distribution: 15 Years in State Prison

Prostitution / Solicitation

  • First Offense: Up to 60 Days in Jail
  • Second Offense: Up to 1 Year in Jail
  • Third Offense: Up to 5 Years in State Prison

Lewd Conduct / Indecent Exposure

  • Depending on the Age of the Victim: 5 or 15 Years in State Prison

Solicitation of Prostitution

All Charges Dropped

Defendant was arrested for soliciting an undercover police officer for sex. After reviewing the evidence in the case, we determined that the law enforcement officer had entrapped our client. We filed a motion to dismiss charges. The court granted our motion and all charges were dismissed.

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4 Benefits of Hiring a Criminal Attorney

  • Guidance

    You may know nothing about the criminal system and may be confused on what to do next. You'll need an attorney who will guide you through the entire process to make things a little easier for you.

  • Relationships

    Our attorneys have been working in the courts for a long time and have developed positive relationships with all the people you may face during your case. This can help improve the position in your case, which can help your outcome.

  • Knowledge

    You won't be able to look into all the possibilities alone. Your criminal attorney is well-versed in criminal law and will be able to provide you with a strong strategy and turn the odds in your favor.

  • Building a Case

    Unlike a prosecutor, a criminal defense attorney will spend the time to build a strong case to help by dismissing your case or reducing the penalties.

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