Your Sarasota Sex Crime Attorneys
Being accused of a sex crime has the potential to affect every aspect of your life. Sex crimes have the potential to affect your reputation, your liberty, ability to find a place to live, who you talk to, how you travel – literally every aspect of your life. You need an experienced Sarasota criminal defense team on your side to make sure you receive the best possible outcome to your case. Below is a non-inclusive list of specific sex-crimes the Sarasota criminal defense attorney’s at Fowler Law Group handle for their clients.
Prostitution in Florida is legally defined as the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire. In essence, it is engaging in sexual intercourse for money. The penalties for prostitution related crimes increase based upon the frequency a person is convicted of the offenses. All persons convicted of engaging in prostitution or soliciting a person to engage in prostitution must undergo screening for sexually transmissible diseases.
The commission of a Prostitution related crime as a first time offender is classified as a Second Degree Misdemeanor and if convicted allows a court to sentence a Defendant up to sixty (60) days in the county jail. The commission of a Prostitution related crime as a second time offender is classified as a First Degree Misdemeanor and if convicted allows a court to sentence a Defendant up to three hundred and sixty-five (65) days in the county jail. The commission of a Prostitution related crime as a third or subsequent offender is classified as a Third Degree Felony and if convicted allows a court to sentence a Defendant up to five (5) years in prison.
Traveling To Meet A Minor
Internet solicitation of a minor for sex is commonly charged in conjunction with the offense of “Traveling to Meet a Minor” found in Florida Statute section 847.0135(4)(b). In many scenarios, the internet solicitation charge is used to prosecute the written communication that led up to an arrangement to meet the purported minor in person for sex. The “traveling” charge is then used to prosecute the act of actually going from one place to another in order to attempt to accomplish face-to-face contact for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with the minor.
Under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code, a person convicted of this crime must serve a minimum state prison sentence of twenty-one (21) months. A conviction for internet solicitation of a minor or traveling to meet a minor for sexual activity carries a mandatory requirement that the accused register as a sexual offender for the rest of their life. The offense of traveling to meet a minor not only can result in a state prison sentence, but may also be followed by a relatively lengthy period of probation or house arrest.
Lewd & Lascivious Battery
If you have been arrested or are the subject of an investigation for the charge of of Lewd and Lascivious Battery it is imperative that you understand the seriousness of these charges and life altering consequences that can result if you are convicted.
Florida Law defines the crime of Lewd and Lascivious Battery as: sexual activity with a child older than 12, but younger than 16 or encouraging, forcing, or enticing a child older than 12, but younger than 16 to engage in: Sadomasochistic Abuse, Sexual Bestiality, Prostitution, or Any other act involving sexual activity.
Lewd and Lascivious Battery is classified as a Second Degree Felony and if convicted can lead to: a maximum sentence of fifteen (15) years in prison, a minimum sentence of seven and one-half (7½) years in prison, and mandatory registration on a public list of sex offenders.
Our Legal Team Can Help
If you or someone you know have been arrested or are under investigation for any of the above referenced sex crimes, you need an experienced Sarasota criminal defense team on your side to make sure you receive the best possible outcome to your case. Contact the respected and experienced Sarasota criminal defense attorneys at Fowler Law Group immediately, to schedule your free consultation and case evaluation.
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