Charlotte County, FL Sex Crimes Lawyer
Florida Attorney Committed to Defending Clients Charged with Sex Crimes
Although all criminal acts are considered bad by society, sex crimes seem to hold the public’s attention more so than others. A sex crime is one of those categories of crimes where innocent until proven guilty might not always hold true in some people’s eyes.
What Are Sex Crimes?
A sex crime is defined as a crime against a person involving some type of illegal sexual act. There is an extremely negative connotation in our society against anyone accused or charged with a sex crime, guilty or not. Once accused, a person may be labeled as a pervert or sexual predator. It is difficult to remove the stigma of these labels even if acquitted of any and all charges. The person might thereafter be considered guilty by associates, friends and even family, even when cleared of all wrongdoing.
Call (941) 257-4743 today to learn more about how our sex crime lawyer in Charlotte County can help you.
Due to the nature of this type of crime, you might find all aspects of your life coming under close scrutiny by law enforcement if convicted. Whenever a sex crime occurs in a vicinity, law enforcement will always check to see what convicted sex felons reside in the area.
As penalties for sex offenses are severe in Florida, it is recommended that you contact a Florida sex crime attorney if you have been charged with this type of crime.
Some of the sex crimes that she can assist you with include:
- Sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Lewd and lascivious conduct
- Indecent exposure
- Possession of child pornography
Sexting & Juvenile Sex Offender Crimes in FL
In Florida, it is illegal for minors to sext each other and the first violation will result in noncriminal penalties. If you keep sexting other minors while also being a minor, you will face harsher penalties. It is also illegal for a minor to not just send but to also receive and posses lewd images a minor sent. However, the law provides that no violation is committed if the recipient did not solicit the photo, did not transmit or distribute it to others, and took reasonable steps to report the transmitted photo to a guardian, school official, or law enforcement official. The penalties for breaking this law includes:
- 1st Offense: the minor receives a noncriminal citation that outlines the following options: complete eight hours of community service, pay a $60 penalty, participate in a cyber-safety program, or contest (challenge) the citation in court.
- 2nd Offense: results in first-degree misdemeanor charges. Any subsequent violation is punishable as a third-degree felony.
ARE JUVENILES REQUIRED TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDERS?
A juvenile convicted of a sex offense may be deemed a sex offender and be placed on the sex offender registry in Florida. He/she may have to register as a sex offender for a minimum of 25 years. Registration involves publicly publishing the child’s picture and address and updated information with the local sheriff’s office.
Defense of Sex Crimes in Florida
Being charged with a sex crimes is a serious matter, one that can affect the rest of your life if not handled properly. Penalties for conviction can be severe, including fines, jail time and even having to register as a sexual predator on a national registry.
How Can We Help You With Sex Crime Charges?
The attorneys at Bogle Law understand the severity of the situation and will help you through preparing a strong defense. Attorney Bogle’s office has successfully been serving clients in Charlotte County, South Sarasota County and Arcadia for some time now. Our legal team will work one on one with you to ensure you obtain the best defense possible.
Find out what your legal rights are. Contact Florida Defense Lawyer Tauna R. Bogle, P.A. if you have recently been charged with a sex crime.