Being charged with a sex crime can be a terrifying experience. These offenses carry a social stigma and potentially lifelong consequences. You need an expert in defending sex crimes to represent you during this ordeal.

Do not feel your future is bleak just because you face sex offense charges. At Rossen Law Firm, our expert defense attorneys recognize that these charges are often a result of circumstance. A Wellington sex crimes lawyer can provide you with a strong defense to give you the best possible chance of a successful case outcome.

Types of Sex Crimes in Wellington

Florida law lumps various offenses together and calls them sex crimes. Participating in prostitution in any capacity is a sex crime. Public exposure of the genitals, voyeurism, and even public urination could be prosecuted as first-degree misdemeanor sex crimes. Having any connection with obscene materials—possessing, selling, distributing, producing, or promoting them—is a first-degree misdemeanor.

Many of the offenses people typically think of as sex crimes are felonies with severe sentences. Sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking are all second-degree felonies that could carry sentences of up to 15 years in prison for a first offense. If aggravating factors exist, the charge could be a first-degree felony with a potential prison sentence of 30 years. In addition, anyone previously convicted of a misdemeanor sex crime could face felony charges if they are arrested for a sex crime again.

These severe sentences reinforce the need for expert representation from the beginning of a case. Our expert sex crimes attorneys will provide support from the time of arrest through the investigatory process until the matter is resolved.

Defending Sexual Offenses Involving Minors

Federal and state law enforcement personnel focus considerable resources on deterring sex crimes involving children. In their eagerness to make arrests and protect children from exploitation, their tactics sometimes entangle innocent people.

Many sex crimes involving minors result from electronic communications. Police sometimes pose as young people on online social media platforms and engage adults in suggestive communications. If an adult is receptive to a meeting or exchanges photos with the supposed youth, the adult could be charged with a sex crime.

Our expert attorneys can analyze the appropriateness of law enforcement’s techniques in a specific Wellington sex crimes case. If the investigators overstepped legal boundaries or did not strictly adhere to the rules regarding search and seizure of evidence, our attorneys can bring a motion to dismiss the charges.

Avoiding Sex Offender Registration

Florida Statute §943.0435 describes the state’s sexual offender registry. It requires anyone convicted of specified sex crimes to provide the local Sheriff with a description that includes their name, birth date, height, weight, tattoos, identifying characteristics like birthmarks and scars, Social Security number, and other information. They must also provide their address, place of employment, phone, email, and vehicle registration information. This information is available in a database the public can access.

A person must register as a sex offender if they were convicted or pled guilty or no contest to an offense requiring registration. Some of the crimes requiring sex offender registration include:

  • Sexual battery
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Transmitting child pornography
  • Human trafficking
  • Kidnapping a minor
  • Luring or enticing a minor
  • Lewd & Lascivious molestation

Information on the sex offender registry must be maintained for an individual’s whole life. Certain repeat offenders are designated sexual predators and must follow even more burdensome restrictions.

Registration as a sex offender dramatically limits a person’s future options for employment, housing, and involvement in the community. Our Wellington sex crimes attorneys will use their knowledge of the system to avoid a result that requires sex offender registration.

Let a Wellington Sex Crimes Attorney Work on Building Your Defense

One sex crime charge does not have to upend your whole life. Although these accusations can be overwhelming, they are not impossible to fight.

Our team at Rossen Law Firm has successfully handled many sex crimes cases, and we are ready to put our experience to work for you. Get in touch with a Wellington sex crimes lawyers right away to schedule your confidential strategy session.

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