Number of Rapes on the Rise in Florida
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s crime statistics for the first half of 2017 show crime down overall, but rapes are on the rise.
According to the FDLE, crime saw a two percent drop, but rape is up eight percent over that same time period in 2016. Historically, sex crimes are greatly under reported.
The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence says the rise in rapes may actually be a good sign, not indicating a rise in the total number of rapes in the state but instead, a greater willingness for victims to come forward.
It’s not exactly clear what is responsible for the increase.
Statistically, murders are down five percent, but that’s only because of the 49 victims who lost their lives in the Pulse Night Club shooting. With them out of the equation, murders increased by three percent.
Returns on stolen property are also low. Six out of ten people who have their cars stolen get them back while only eight percent of people who have other property taken ever see it again.
Rape charges are quite serious and you must get legal help as soon as possible. Our Florida Rape Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can review the evidence against you and advise you on what your best defense strategy is. Every rape case has unique circumstances and evidence. Some cases involve false accusations, which still require you to defend yourself. The harsh truth about sex crimes is that when there is enough evidence for you to be arrested and charged, you could be convicted, regardless of your innocence.
When a person is accused of a sex crime, like rape, fast action is required. With early intervention by a sex crimes defense lawyer, in some cases the charges can be dismissed before going to trial. For a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you, please call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online.