Sex Crimes: Molestation
Pattern of Sexual Abuse
You may begin to experience social punishment and ostracism the minute you are accused of molestation. This type of sex crime invokes a strong public reaction that includes condemning behavior and emotional opinions, and you must take immediate action to save your reputation and your future. Rather than a one-time act, this type of charge connotes a pattern of sexual abuse rather than an assault. Some of the identifying factors are listed below:
- The sexual relations were non-consensual
- There was unwanted touching of any kind
- There was sexual kissing and fondling
- There was exposure to pornography
- There were sexually suggestive statements being said
- Using a position of trust to manipulate a sexual relationship
- There was incest, or
- There was the presence of sexual harassment
Child molestation charges in the state of Florida can range from improper touching to lewd conduct or indecent exposure involving a child who is 16 or younger. It is unlawful to commence in sexual relations with a person 16 or 17 years of age if you are 24 years old or older. This is a second degree felony according to § 794.05 of the Florida Statutes pertaining to sexual battery. State prosecutors will relentlessly fight for you to be punished to the full extent of the law for this criminal charge, and your only defense is the help of a knowledgeable and committed defense attorney. The penalty for a single act of molestation by an individual over the age of 18 with a minor between 12 and 16 years of age is 15 years in prison. This may seem severe, but the prison term even increases to a minimum of 25 years for a child who is under 12 years of age.
Avoid Sex Offender Registration
Those who are convicted of these types of crimes will have to register with their state and jurisdiction as a sex offender. This can significantly harm your ability to gain employment and live in certain areas. If you want to avoid a felony conviction, which will lead to serious fines and extensive jail time, as well as avoid being listed as a public sex offender, then contact us.
At Parks & Braxton, PA, we have the power to fight and the knowledge to win. We are highly familiar with the strategies that the prosecution will use against you in the courtroom. Our partners began their career as a prosecutor for the Broward County State Attorney's Office, and bring this unique insight into every case that our firm takes on. We understand that false accusations can be easily made and are not easily retracted. When your future is at stake, you need a tireless legal advocate who believes in you and your future.