Tampa Sex Crime Attorney
While the laws governing sex crimes vary from state to state, they are incredibly severe no matter where you are charged. And Florida is no exception. There are many variations of sex crimes including unwanted touching (fondling), statutory rape (sex with a minor), child pornography, violations of sex offender registry, and sexual battery or attempted sexual battery. Sexual battery is the same thing as rape or sexual assault, but is usually the prefered legal term. Sexual battery, in fact, means “oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object; however, sexual battery does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose,” according to Florida statute 794.011. Penalties for sexual battery, the highest type of sex crime, vary depending on the age of the victim. It is not uncommon for a convicted sexual criminal to face upwards of 25 to 30 years in prison. If the victim was a child under the age of 12, however, the individual will be charged with a capital felony, which is punishable by life in prison without parole for at least 25 years, or the death penalty. Contact the Tampa law office of Roman & Roman today to speak with one of our Tampa sex crimes attorneys.
A Sub-Par Defense Attorney Means Lifelong Ramifications for You and your Family
Being charged with a sex crime goes well beyond just the criminal implications. The Economist wrote about an unfortunate experience where one young woman was charged with a sex crime at age 17 for engaging in consensual oral sex with a boy just shy of his 16th birthday. With very little in the way of legal support, she pled guilty to the charges and suffered the full and incredibly unfair consequences of the law. In addition to her initial five years of probation, her name is now on a sex offender registry, which is easy for neighbors and reporters to access without hearing the full story of what actually happened. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, if you have been convicted of committing a sex crime in Florida, you have to be on the registry for life. The woman in the article had limitations on where she could live because she was not allowed within a certain radius of schools and childcare facilities. Furthermore, careers suddenly become more restricted when a person is convicted of a felony, in particular a sex crime. The repercussions of being convicted of a sex crime are so severe that it is imperative for the charged individual to seek experienced counsel. Do not go with a state appointed defense attorney or a law firm without the experience and clout of the highest regard. At the Tampa law offices of Roman & Roman, we are committed to protecting individuals from rash accusations of being a sexual predator and will aggressively defend the innocence of our clients. Call today at 877-767-1032 to speak with one of our experienced, aggressive, and compassionate Tampa sex crimes defense attorneys today so we can begin work on creating an unparalleled defense strategy as soon as possible.