South Florida Sex Crime Lawyer
Strong Defense for South Florida Sex Crime Allegations
If you have been charged with a sexual offense, you have probably already realized the gravity of your situation. Depending on the case, you could be facing years in prison, hefty fines, broken relationships, and more. With so much on the line, it is crucial that you get strong, aggressive legal representation.
At Frank Schwartz, P.A., our South Florida sex crime defense lawyer will fight tirelessly to protect you and your future. If you work with us, you can rest easy knowing that your case will be in great hands.
What Is a Sex Crime?
In Florida, the legal definition of a sex crime (also known as a “sexual offense”) is any unlawful and nonconsensual sexual contact or act.
Sex crimes can be charged as both misdemeanors and felonies, depending on the alleged victim, perpetrator, and nature of the offense. Additionally, there are both forcible and non-forcible sexual offenses.
Forcible Sex Offenses
A forcible sex offense involves violence of some sort.
A common example is getting a person to carry out a sex act by threatening physical harm. Attacking and forcibly raping another adult would be another example.
Forcible Sex Offenses
A non-forcible sex offense does not involve outright violence. Rather, these charges concern sexual acts with someone who cannot legally consent to them.
Under Florida law, minors/underage girls and boys, drugged and intoxicated persons, and people with specific mental disabilities are considered unable to give consent.
Once you contact our South Florida sex crime attorney, we will work quickly to launch your defense. So why wait? Get legal help today!
Types of Sex Crimes Cases We Take On
Common Defenses to Sex Crime Charges
False Memory Syndrome (FMS)
These are just some of the defenses commonly used in court. Our South Florida sex crime lawyer will work to find the strongest defense strategy for your case. If you wish to protect your future, don’t wait to reach out to our firm. We service clients facing sex crime charges throughout South Florida including Broward County.
Sex Crime Convictions and Penalties
- Follow a curfew
- Follow travel restrictions
- Keep a driving log
- Give DNA samples
- Comply with random drug testing
- Complete community service
- Refrain from contacting the alleged victim
- Complete a sex offender treatment program
- Go to monthly meetings with a probation officer
- Pay restitution, court costs, and probation fees
- Live at least 1,000 feet away from any place where children gather
- Register as a sex offender
- And much more
Imprisonment and Incarceration
Florida Sex Offender Registration
If you are convicted of a sex crime, it is very likely that you will have to register as a sex offender. You may be included in the sex offender registry for life.
The sex offender registry will note both the sex crime conviction and basic personal information, such as:
- Full name
If the court determines that the sex crime was a result of mental illness, jail time may be followed by commitment to the Florida Civil Commitment Center. While mental health treatment is important, civil commitment is far from pleasant.
There is a common misconception that pleading insanity and being put in a psychiatric hospital would be better than going to jail. This is simply not the truth. For one, psych wards have the power to hold a patient for as long as their doctors see fit. You won’t be released after a set amount of time, like you would have if you had gone to jail.
How Our South Florida Sex Crime Attorney Can Help
For sex offenses, prosecutors typically level the worst charges and try to get the maximum sentence available. On top of needing an aggressive attorney, you will also need a team that can match the prosecution. Founder and Attorney Frank Schwartz has over 20 years of experience with complex criminal cases in South Florida and throughout Florida. And as a former prosecutor, he brings key insight to every single case our team takes on. For example, we are well versed in the common strategies and angles the prosecution may take. What’s more, our team has deep knowledge of various criminal cases and the laws behind them. We will use our inside knowledge of how a prosecution team works to your advantage. Let our experienced defense team advocate for you!
Attorney & Founder
Frank Schwartz is a South Florida attorney who concentrates his legal practice in the area of criminal defense. Mr. Schwartz is proud to have established a highly successful and effective criminal defense trial practice in South Florida.
Aggressive Defense You Can Count On
If you’ve been charged with a sex offense, Frank Schwarts, P.A. is here to help.
Starting with a completely free and confidential consultation, we will listen to your side of the side. Then we will launch an investigation into your case to mount a solid defense. We will also take care to dive into the prosecution’s case. Backed by our sex crime lawyer’s time as a prosecutor, our team knows how find and poke holes in the prosecution’s argument.
Time after time, we built bulletproof defenses for our clients. In the past 20+ years, we have tired over 100 criminal cases in Federal and state courts. Put our experience, skills, and insight on your side!
Learn more about how we can help. Contact a South Florida sex crime attorney online today.
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