March 6, 2012
Whittel & Melton, LLC 1-866-608-5LAW (5529) – Florida Sex Crimes Attorneys
A 39-year-old Jacksonville Beach mother was being held in Columbus, Ga., Saturday, awaiting extradition to Jacksonville after allegedly trading her 6-year-old daughter for drugs.
Police claim the woman sold her daughter to two men in Jacksonville Beach, Florida in exchange for crack cocaine.
Police issued a warrant for her arrest last week.
The Department of Children and Families is investigating the case. The child has been placed in their custody and is apparently receiving therapy and counseling.
The two men accused of having sex with the child have been charged with rape. One of the men, 47, has allegedly been arrested in Duval County at least 12 times. The other, 56, has allegedly been arrested seven times. Both men were being held in Duval County jail on no bond.
According to Jacksonville Beach police, the woman has no local record. Police plan to pick her up in Muscogee County this week.
While it is unknown whether this mother has retained the help of a criminal defense attorney, it is undoubtedly in her best interest to do so. The best defense against any child sex crime is to hire a Florida Sex Crimes Attorney that can fight these charges. Child exploitation charges can negatively affect every area of your life. A conviction will only make things worse. The Florida Sex Crimes Lawyers at Whittel & Melton understand that these charges can be frightening and embarrassing. We know this is a scary time for you, and we can help.
Child exploitation is a serious offense in the state of Florida that carries major consequences. This sex crime is generally defined as using cruel or unjust methods to sexually exploit a child for personal gain. Sexually exploiting a child can cover various offenses, including:
- Child Sex Trafficking
- Child Sex Slavery
- Child Sex Tourism
- Forced Child Labor
- Child Pornography
- Child Prostitution
Many of these crimes carry the potential of being prosecuted as federal sex crimes. As former prosecutors, the Florida Sex Crimes Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are able to handle both state and federal cases. Our number one priority is making sure you are defended to the maximum extent under the law.
The first step in defending a child sex crime case is to find out what, if anything, happened. Our attorneys work with experts and investigators to craft together a defense strategy unique to your situation. Many times, these cases can be lessened or dismissed entirely, and the Florida Sex Crimes Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can steer you in the right direction so that you avoid the harsh ramifications of maximum sentences.
If you are being investigated for the crime of child exploitation, or if you have already been charged with this crime anywhere in the state of Florida, contact the Florida Sex Crimes Lawyers at Whittel & Melton online or reach us statewide and toll-free by dialing 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).