Sex Crimes Defense Attorney in Lakeland
When you’re facing serious charges, get an experienced lawyer
Sex crimes are some of the most serious criminal charges one can face. If you or a loved one are facing sex crimes charges, it is essential to properly educate yourself about the relevant laws and consequences. That’s why you should immediately seek the assistance of an experienced and qualified criminal defense attorney with experience handling sex crimes.
In decades of practicing criminal defense law in Florida, I’ve represented people in a wide variety of sex crimes cases. I know how to investigate, litigate, and create the best possible legal defense. Schedule your free consultation with Thomas C. Grajek, Attorney at Law today.
What exactly is considered a sex crime?
In the United States, sex crimes generally fall into three categories:
- Sexual acts that lack consent
- Violent sexual acts
- Sexual acts with a party incapable of consenting (such as a child)
Types of sex crimes include:
- Statutory rape
- Sexual assault
- Public indecency
- Prostitution, Solicitation for a Lewd Act
- Child molestation
- Traveling to meet a minor
- Internet sex crimes
- Child pornography
- Sex offender registry violations
Depending on the specific offense, sex crimes may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies. Serious sex offenses can lead to lengthy prison terms, registering as a Sexual Offender, and thousands of dollars in fines. Some severe sex crimes carry 25-year mandatory minimum prison sentences.
Even a less serious sex offense, though, can affect your future forever, including requiring you to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. A conviction can have serious effects on your reputation, your career, your family, and your future.
What is the sex offender registry?
The sex offender registry is a public record of every convicted sex offender in a state. The sex offender registry is used by government authorities to keep track of convicted sex offenders. If you are convicted of a sex crime — whether a misdemeanor or a felony charge — you may be required to register on the sex offender registry.
Being listed on the sex offender registry can have serious consequences. It can damage your public reputation and make it more complicated to obtain housing or employment. It can also lead to a new criminal violation if you do not comply and follow the rules for registration.
Why you need a sex crimes attorney when you’re facing a sex crimes charge
As soon as you’re accused of a sex crime, there is an immediate bias against you. Under the law, you’re presumed innocent until proven guilty, but jurors may not see it that way – and prosecutors know it. Without an effective legal defense, you may find yourself faced with an unsympathetic judgment and a criminal conviction which will follow you for the rest of your life.
In addition, the rules of evidence are different in certain sex crimes cases. For example, Child Hearsay is admissible in sex cases if certain requirements are met by the prosecution. Williams Rules evidence (Similar Fact Evidence) is also easier to admit against a defendant in a sex case. These standards can make it particularly challenging for a defendant accused of a sex crime to mount a viable defense.
How do you fight sex crime charges? Instead of trying to face the worst of the legal system on your own, you should enlist the aid of a qualified sex crimes attorney with experience handling these types of cases to assist in your legal defense. You should not delay in seeking legal counsel. As soon as you know that you may be facing sex crimes charges, get a lawyer!
As your defense attorney, I will be able to guide you through the entire legal process. I will handle all relevant documents, research your case, prepare a complete legal defense, and represent you in court. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to get your charges reduced, get evidence thrown out or charges dropped, or fight for a Not Guilty verdict in court.
Don’t leave your reputation — and your freedom — on the line. Get the defense you deserve. Schedule a free consultation with an experienced Lakeland sex crimes defense attorney today.