Lakeland Sex Crime Defense Attorney and Criminal Law Firm

If you are charged with a sexual assault crime, the penalties can be severe. A compassionate sex crime defense attorney understands that even those who are exonerated with a “not guilty” verdict can be negatively impacted long-term.

Sex Crime Law

Your choice of sex crime lawyer is important because of Florida’s tough laws on these offenses, such as the sexual battery description and punishments (“Sexual battery”: Title XLVI, Chapter 794.011), Florida Sexual Predators Act (Title XLVI, Chapter 775.21), and sex offender registration provisions (“Sexual offenders required to register with the department; penalty”: Title XLVII, Chapter 943.0435).

One of the most widely known types of charge for which a sex crime attorney is needed is possession of child pornography. This crime has been a recent focus of arrests in Polk County, with up to 50 people arrested at once and accused of this life-altering, potentially reputation-crippling charge. In sting operations that extensive, people are often falsely accused and have their privacy invaded.

Your sex crime defense attorney at Fulmer Law, PA, will be caring about the gravity of your situation while leveraging the legal expertise to develop your case, using the details of the charges and evidence to your advantage.

Sex Crime Defense FAQs

A sex offender, or sexual offender, is defined under Florida law as a person who has been convicted of certain sexual crimes, whether in Florida or elsewhere. Generally speaking (see full details on the official Florida website), adults who get convictions for any of the following must register: most cases of sexual battery (F.S. 794.011); human trafficking (F.S. 787.06(3)); certain activities understood as “sexual misconduct” (F.S. 393.135(2), 394.4593(2), 916.1075(2), and 985.701(1)); most cases of digital pornography(F.S. 847.0135); illegal sexual interaction with (F.S. 794.05), kidnapping (F.S. 787.01), false imprisonment of (F.S. 787.02), improper video capturing of (F.S. 810.145(8)), luring and enticing (F.S. 787.025(2)(c)), hiring as a prostitute (former F.S. 796.03), sex-related purchasing or selling of (former F.S. 796.035), sex-related performance by (F.S. 827.071), or obscene behavior in the presence of (F.S. 847.0133) children; buying or selling of children for pornography (F.S. 847.0145), sending child pornography via digital means (F.S. 847.0137), or sending pornography to children (F.S. 847.0138); inappropriate (lewd and lascivious) behavior in front of either a child under age 16 (F.S. 800.04) or a disabled/elderly person(F.S. 825.1025); or illegal debt and racketeering crimes (F.S. 895.03) that involve illicit sex activity.

Sexual predators are strictly delineated by Florida law. The term refers to anyone who has a conviction for a violent sex crime (F.S. 775.21) and has a court order describing them as a predator. The term may also refer to someone who has been involuntarily committed for mental health (per the Florida Jimmy Ryce Sexually Violent Predator Act) with a court order assigning them predator status.

If you are considered a sexual predator or sex offender according to Florida law, you must go to your local sheriff to register. The following personal details will be required: your photograph, name, birthdate, social security number, home address, all personal phone numbers, email addresses, and “internet identifiers” (typically usernames for online accounts), employer and workplace address, race, sex, height, weight, eye color, hair color, fingerprints and palm prints, tattoos or other unique features, details related to your car, criminal record, and passport/ immigration paperwork and specifics related to any professional licensure. In most cases (except as described in Chapter 119, F.S.), all those elements become public record.

Depending on the crime, you will have to return to the sheriff to re-register either every six months or every three months (F.S. 943.0435(14)(b)) for the rest of your life. Whenever you move or change your name, you need to get a new driver license within 48 hours. You will be listed within the searchable public sex offender portal, the Florida Sexual Offender/Predator Registry (F.S. 775.21 and 943.0435).

The so-called “Romeo & Juliet Law” (F.S. 943.04354) provides exceptions that allow a person not to have to register as a sexual predator or offender if the sexual interaction was consensual, the victim’s age was at least 13 and no more than 4 years younger than the person, and it is your only registerable sex crime – provided that your petition is approved by the court.

If you have been accused of a crime that may fall under the Romeo & Juliet Law, then you must call Art Fulmer for a FREE consultation now! Mr. Fulmer has experience in this area of law and will provide you the best defense in Polk County!

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