October 9, 2012
Whittel & Melton 352-726-0078 – Florida Sex Crimes Attorneys
Citrus County, Florida – A Dunnellon youth, 13, has been charged with sexual battery after he allegedly admitted to fondling and performing an oral sex act on a 6-year-old Hernando girl.
The arrest report indicates that the girl told an adult that the boy had performed an oral act on her while they played a “pants down” game. She also claims the boy fondled her, on a separate occasion, while they were playing in the woods.
The teen allegedly admitted to the two incidents after being read his rights.
He was charged with sexual battery and transported to the juvenile detention center in Ocala, Florida.
If your child has been arrested for a sex crime in Florida, he or she is facing serious criminal consequences that could affect their future. If your child is convicted of a sex crime, this could not only ruin their reputation, but create numerous problems further down the road in their adult life. While the juvenile justice system is different than the adult criminal justice system, this does not mean that the consequences of a conviction are any less severe. As a parent, you want to protect your child from any danger or harm. The Florida Sex Crimes Attorneys at Whittel & Melton understand this and can make sure that your child’s rights are protected.
Once a minor is arrested for a sex crime and taken into custody, many things could happen. Depending on the severity of the crime, the State may try and pursue the case in the adult court system. Your son or daughter could be held in a juvenile detention center for up to 21 days before their court hearing. Once the case makes it to court, your child could be placed in a community supervision program or even in a residential commitment facility. If convicted of a sex crime, the offense will remain on your child’s record unless the appropriate steps are taken to seal or expunge the record.
Being arrested for a sex crime can be overwhelming and scary for anyone, especially a child. It is imperative to act fast after your son or daughter has been detained. By contacting the Florida Sex Crimes Attorneys at Whittel & Melton right away, we may be able to have your child’s charges reduced significantly or dropped entirely. To learn more about how we can help your child fight a sex crimes charge in Citrus County or elsewhere in the state of Florida, contact us online or call our Inverness office at 352-726-0078. You can reach us 24/7 statewide and toll-free by dialing 866-608-5529.