West Palm Beach Sex Crime Attorney
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Sex crimes carry some of the harshest penalties and can significantly damage a person’s reputation forever. In Florida, sex crime laws cover an extremely broad spectrum of conduct. From some of the toughest internet child pornography laws in the nation to archaic "non-reproductive sex offense" laws and sex offender registration violations, understanding the law is the realm of expert legal professionals.
Due to the severity of such crimes, accused individuals should not wait to contact experienced legal representation right away. Our sex crime attorneys are well-versed in all types of sex crimes as many are former sex crimes prosecutors. At Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A., our team has handled a significant number of sex crime cases, including those which involve internet sex crimes, sexual battery, and prostitution.
Accused of a sex crime? Call (561) 721-0552 for a free initial consultation.
Types of Sex Crime Cases We Handle
We have defended the following kinds of sexual battery charges:
- Child pornography
- Internet sex crimes
- Rape / sexual battery
- Lewdness and lascivious conduct
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Human trafficking
- Battery on a child
- Date rape
- Statutory rape
- Sexual battery
- Sexual assault
- Pimping and pandering
- Indecent exposure
- Statutory rape
- Federal sex crime charges
What is Capital Sexual Battery?
Capital sexual battery is the act of engaging in sex with a minor under the age of 12. A conviction for this offense carries a sentence of life in prison without the chance for parole. Neither ignorance of the victim's age nor gaining his/her permission is an acceptable defense in either case. Other sex crimes carry severe penalties as well. These include prison and/or sex offender probation.
All too often, those accused of committing sex crimes are actually unwitting victims of retribution by the false accusations of former partners or spouses. We have the experience to aggressively defend against such cases. Our West Palm Beach sex crime lawyers have extensive experience defending sex crimes.
What Are the Penalties for Sex Crimes in Florida?
Sex crimes are prosecuted heavily in Florida, which means you can expect that law enforcement will seek to get the strictest sentences possible, should you be convicted. Depending of the circumstances of the offense, the penalties can vary widely. Often, more serious sentences are given to offenders who target children, use weapons, or who target those who are in their care or under their authority.
Sex crimes may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Florida still recognizes capital offenses, which could come with a lifetime sentence, or even the death sentence. Because your life may be on the line, it is crucial to seek help from an experienced, proven sex crimes defense lawyer.
Penalties for sex crimes may include:
- Jail time
- Community service
- Imprisonment, possibly for life
- The death penalty
- Registration as a sex offender, possibly for life
In addition to the legal consequences of the crime, you may also find yourself facing immeasurable social consequences. You may suffer damage to your relationships with friends and family. You may find your reputation is tarnished, and you are unable to participate in your community. You may have difficulty renting a home or apartment, or you may be forced to relocate from your current home. It can become difficult to find career opportunities and educational opportunities.
Contact Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A. for High-Quality Criminal Defense - (561) 721-0552
If you have been contacted by law enforcement, do not speak to the police or submit to a polygraph or other test. You are under no legal obligation to make a statement to police. Getting immediate legal representation from Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A. before you are contacted by the police can help you avoid arrest or charges altogether. If you have been arrested, are under investigation, or are being questioned regarding an alleged sexual offense, do not speak to anyone before you have consulted us. Our lawyers will work to protect your privacy and your rights. Avoiding sex offender or sex predator registries is our priority in Palm Beach County sex crime cases.
Contact us today to begin discussing the details of your case.