Plantation Sex Crimes Attorney
Broward County Sex Crimes Attorney
There are certain types of sexual conduct that our society has deemed unacceptable, and deviating from that standard can have serious repercussions. Sex crimes are among the most severely punished offenses of which a person can be accused in Florida. A conviction can result in mandatory counseling, probation, imprisonment, and possibly the requirement that you register as a sex offender with the state for the rest of your life. Additionally, even the accusation of a sexually-related offense can significantly affect your reputation in the community, even if you are ultimately acquitted or if a legal case is never even brought against you. While this may seem unfair, it is the reality in which we live.
As a result, it is extremely important that anyone accused of a sex offense mount a strong and aggressive defense as soon as they realize they may be the target of a sex crime investigation. Often, the earlier an attorney is involved in a sex offense case, the better the outcome for the accused. Additionally, a criminal defense lawyer can help manage the information that becomes public about a case, mitigating any potential harm to your reputation.
Florida Sex Offenses
Sex offenses can range from straightforward acts involving non-consensual sexual contact to more complicated offenses that require that the state show a particular state of mind in order to obtain a conviction. The following offenses, under certain circumstances, are considered sex offenses under Florida law and a conviction may result in a requirement that you register as a sex offender with the state:
Not all of these offenses are considered sexual offenses in all circumstances and often aggravating factors must be present. This fact often gives defense attorneys ample opportunities to argue a case “down” from a sexual offense requiring registration to a lesser offense. As a result, retaining competent legal representation is essential in ensuring that your case is resolved as favorably as possible and any long-term consequences you may be facing are mitigated.
Sex Offender Registration Can Have Serious Collateral Consequences
Perhaps the most serious and life-altering potential consequence of a sex crime conviction is the requirement that you register as a sex offender. This requirement means that you will need to register with the state in which you reside, providing them with your name, information about your offense, as well as your current address. This information will then be published in an online database easily searchable by anyone with an internet connection, including friends, family, potential employers, and even potential romantic partners. Additionally, many employers may be extremely hesitant to hire a person who is a registered sex offender, as it may negatively impact business. As a result, the registration requirement can make it extremely difficult for convicted sex offenders to move on with their lives.
Contact a Plantation Criminal Attorney Today for a Free Consultation
With nearly four decades of experience, Florida attorney Carl H. Lida understands how to effectively defend against allegations of sex offenses and other crimes. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at (954) 472-7687.