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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.

Why you should choose us:

  • We are aggressive.
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  • We know how our court system works and are committed to the highest ethical standards.
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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!

Colón & McNelis, PA
Colón & McNelis, PA
Criminal Defense Attorney in Polk County
Located at: 325 East Davidson Street,
Bartow, FL 33830
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