A sex crime charge or conviction can disrupt and ruin every aspect of a person’s life. The general public has an extremely negative perception of sex offenders and child molesters. Consequently, the chances of gaining sympathy from a judge or jury in a sex crimes case are slim to none. Moreover, if you are ultimately found guilty or convicted of a sex crime, the consequences can last a lifetime.
The St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyers at Khonsari Law Group understand the uphill battles associated with facing a serious sex crimes charge. Our attorneys can review your case with you and may be able to help you minimize the consequences of your charge and formulate a good legal defense.
What is a Sex Crime?
Sex crimes is a broad umbrella term under the law. It essentially refers to any charge involving sexual activity that is brought against a criminal defendant. Sex crimes include:
- Child sexual abuse
- Child molestation
- Indecent exposure
- Related sexual offenses
Sex crime charges can also arise out of attempted sexual misconduct related to police internet “stings” that do not involve real people, including:
- Soliciting a child to engage in sexual activity
- Traveling to meet a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity
Lifelong Impacts of a Sex Crime Conviction
Being charged with or convicted of a sex crime can severely limit a person’s reputation, liberty, associations, and living arrangements. These charges and convictions appear on a person’s criminal record and are available for viewing by the general public at any time. Moreover, in this age of frequent criminal background checks and easy access to online information, a sex crime conviction can make it difficult—if not impossible—to find a decent place to live, obtain and keep a good job, or attend school at a college or university.
Florida imposes very harsh penalties on felony sex crime convictions. Penalties can range in severity, depending upon the nature of the charge, and can extend to a sentence of life in prison. A convicted sex offender will usually have to register for the national and state sex offender registries. This also requires posting the offender’s picture online. Since these are lifetime registries, the offender’s profile will remain online forever.
Obtaining Legal Representation
Criminal defendants charged with sex crimes have a right to legal representation under both state and federal law. A criminal defense attorney will be able to safeguard the defendant’s constitutional rights and may be able to help the defendant formulate a good legal defense to his or her charge. A criminal defense lawyer can also help the defendant decide whether or not to accept a plea deal. Upon conviction, a lawyer may be able to help minimize the penalties and other consequences to the defendant.
Call a St. Petersburg Sex Crimes Lawyer Today for an Initial Consultation
If you have been charged with a Florida sex crime, always consult with a lawyer before speaking with police officers or investigators—or answering any questions about your case. The knowledgeable sex crimes lawyers at Khonsari Law Group can be an invaluable help to you in your case and may be able to help you minimize the consequences.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a St. Petersburg, Florida, sex crimes lawyer, please call us at (727) 269-5300 or contact us online today.