Sex Crime Defense in Polk County
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Being charged with a sex crime can be devastating. Not only do sex crimes
come with harsh penalties, but a conviction can ruin your reputation and
result in having to register as a sex offender. This requirement means
that you will be listed in sex offender databases, which can hinder your
ability to build relationships and get a job. It is wise to retain dedicated,
aggressive criminal defense attorney in Polk County who can work hard
to relieve you of these serious charges. Contact Colón & McNelis,
PA to discuss your case.
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Types of Sex Crimes
Florida sex crimes are generally divided into three categories:
Lewd or lascivious acts
- Offenses of this nature involve acts committed on a person who is under
the age of 16. The most common crimes categorized under lewd and lascivious
acts are battery, molestation, and lewd exhibition with a child. If you
have been accused of one of these acts, the victim's age cannot be
raised as a defense.
Sexual battery or rape
- Florida prosecutors consider rape to be a form of sexual battery. These
offenses include any non-consensual sexual activity that occurs as a result
of coercion, incapacitation, or force.
Unlawful sexual activity with a minor
- This crime is often referred to as statutory rape in other states. It occurs
when a person over the age of 34 engages in a consensual sexual act with
a 16- or 17-year-old minor. It is normally prosecuted as a misdemeanor
in Florida courts.
Sex Offender Registration
If you are convicted of a sexual offense, then you will be declared a sexual
offender and will be required to comply with sex offender registration
laws in Florida and the rest of the United States. Sex offenders must
update their residency every three to six months so that they can be accurately
listed in databases. Being registered is embarrassing and can limit your
social and professional opportunities in the future.
Registered sex offenders are not allowed near public parks or school districts,
which can make it difficult to locate a place to live or to perform regular
daily tasks. Don't risk letting your life be changed by conviction
and sex offender registration.
Call Colón & McNelis, PA today and start fighting your charges!