Strong Defense of Sex Crime Charges by a Clearwater Attorney
Assisting those who face rape, sexual battery, pornography and other criminal charges
State and federal laws criminalize a wide range of behavior and conduct commonly referred to as sex crimes. Some sex crimes involve physical force and contact while others involve computer use. Protection of minors is a primary focus of many but not all sex crime laws. Being charged with a sex crime is a serious matter that requires immediate attention. Conviction on sex crime charges will lead to significant legal consequences that affect your life for years to come. If you are arrested and charged with committing a sex crime in the Clearwater, FL area, it is essential that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible. At the law office of Joseph Montrone, Jr., P.A., I have significant experience handling sex crime cases. As a prosecutor in the Clearwater area, I tried numerous cases that involved sex crimes and other charges. I know how to defend such cases and can use my experience to challenge evidence, testimony, government action and other factors on behalf of my clients.
Many types of conduct lead to sex crime charges
Sex crimes encompass a variety of acts for which the immediate assistance of a Clearwater criminal defense attorney is necessary upon arrest. These include:
- Rape or sexual battery — Sexual battery is a second-degree felony if the victim is 12 years of age or older and the perpetrator does not use physical force or violence likely to cause serious personal injury. However, many rape charges will be first-degree felonies based on circumstances, including threats of serious injury, threats of retaliation in the future and incapacitating the victim with a drug. Rape or sexual battery upon a victim less than 12 years of age is a felony punishable by death or life imprisonment in many situations.
- Lewd and lascivious behavior — It is a misdemeanor of the second degree to commit any unnatural and lascivious act with another person. Specific forms of lewd or vulgar conduct may qualify as a first-degree misdemeanor. However, lewd or lascivious molestation of a minor is a felony and punishment depends upon the age of the victim.
- Prostitution — Charges for prostitution range from misdemeanors to serious felonies, depending on the number of prior convictions, the age of the persons involved and other factors. Prostitution charges apply to the person performing sexual activity for hire, people who offer others for sexual purposes, those who solicit prostitutes and others.
- Sex offender registration — Under the Florida Sexual Predators Act, sexual predators are required to register with authorities and be supervised by specially trained probation officers, among other steps taken to protect the public. Persons designated as sexual predators who fail to register or otherwise violate the requirements of the Sexual Predators Act commit a felony.
Sex crimes not listed above include, among others, various computer-related crimes, such as possession of child pornography, seduction of a child via computer and online solicitation of prostitution. A criminal defense lawyer in the Clearwater area can explain the meaning of any sex crime charges you face and potential punishments if convicted.
Contact a sex crimes lawyer in Clearwater, FL today
At the law office of Joseph Montrone, Jr., P.A., I defend individuals arrested for sex crimes, including rape, prostitution and lewd behavior, among others. I provide new clients a free initial consultation. Contact me online or call my office at 727-888-0102.