When people are facing sex crimes accusations they often have no idea what they are facing in regards to the actual charges being brought against them, penalties they could possibly face and what our firm can do to help them get the outcome they desire. Below you will find some frequently asked questions to assist you in your matter. We always welcome any and all questions to be directed to our offices any time.
The Florida Sex Crimes Attorneys offer completely confidential and complimentary case evaluations throughout the Florida area.Frequently Asked Questions
- If I am Convicted of a Sex Crime, Does That Mean I Have to Register as a Sex Offender?
- If it’s Consensual, Why Is Statutory Rape Still Considered a Crime?
- What Can I Do if I Have Been Accused of a Sex Crime?
- Should I Cooperate with the Police if I am Under Investigation for a Sex Offense?
- Could I Face the Death Penalty for a Sex-Related Crime?
Most likely, yes. If you are convicted of any type of sex crime, even a minor offense such as indecent exposure , you may have to register as a sex offender and be subject to the restrictions and penalties sex offenders face – for life.
Sex between a minor (someone under the age of 18) and an adult (someone 18 years and older), even when entirely consensual or originated by the minor, is viewed as rape because the minor is considered to be unable to give legal consent. Therefore, even when two people are in a relationship and engage in intercourse, when one is a minor and one is an adult this is the criminal offense of statutory rape.
It is important to consult a lawyer immediately. If you don’t, anything you say during interviews or police questioning can and will be used against you. In trying to be helpful and cooperate, you may unintentionally incriminate yourself and ruin your chances of a successful outcome. Your attorney will be able to help protect your rights.
If the police have a warrant for your arrest or to search your person or your property, it would be unwise to resist. However, to be sure that your rights are not violated in any way, your attorney should review warrants and should be present at all times during questioning by law enforcement. Without an attorney present, you may say or do something that would harm your chances of avoiding a conviction.
Possibly, depending upon the severity of the crime. Certain acts of sexual battery or rape involving a minor under the age of 12 qualify as a capital felony, where the punishment is the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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