If you or someone you love has been charged with a sexual offense, contact the St. Lucie sexual offense attorneys at The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. today for help. Being accused and charged with a sex crime can result in devastating consequences for you and your family. While an accusation is enough to leave you permanently stigmatized by your community, depending on the charge, a sexual offense conviction can carry a wide array of life-altering punishments, including life in prison. Being accused of a sexual offense does not mean that you have given up your rights or that you do not deserve an opportunity to prove your innocence.
To get qualified legal counsel from an aggressive defense attorney with over 20 years of experience in diligently defending individuals accused of crimes, including sexual offenses, contact The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A.. To schedule your free initial consultation, call 772-336-4357 today.
Why You Need A Lawyer
Sexual crimes are some of the most heinous crimes and bring with them severe consequences. Being accused of a sexual offense can be terrifying. Your livelihood, relationships, freedom, and reputation are all at risk after an accusation. At this critical time, you need the support of an aggressive criminal defense lawyer. They will be able to investigate the circumstances of your case and determine what the best defense strategy is for you. A lawyer will give you the best chance of having your charges reduced or dropped altogether.
Why Choose The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A.?
At The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A., we have over 20 years of experience defending individuals who have been charged with a crime in St. Lucie and across the state of Florida. We are ready to defend you against sex crime charges rigorously, and we will help develop a defense strategy will work best for you. We can provide sensitive and compassionate support during this challenging time in your life.
Sexual Offenses in Florida
Under Florida law, there are numerous crimes that fall under the category of a sexual offense. Sexual offenses usually involve a sexual act elicited through an illegal act, such as coercion (i.e., the use of exploitation), bribes, threats of force, or intimidation. Sexual offenses can also be a sexual act committed against another person who is unconscious, asleep, or physically or mentally incapacitated and who cannot consent to the sexual act. Some common sexual offenses include the following:
- Sexual Battery, including rape, statutory rape, and date rape
- Internet solicitation
- Child pornography
- Revenge pornography
- Lewd or lascivious molestation, such as groping another person’s genitals
Depending on numerous factors, a sexual offense can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. Some of the factors that are considered include the following:
- The nature of the offense
- The age of the accuser
- The age of the accused
- Whether a deadly weapon was used or threatened to be used in the process of the underlying sexual offense
- Whether actual physical force that could result in serious bodily harm was used in the commission of the sexual offense
- The extent to which the accuser suffered physical harm or injury to their reproductive organs
Whether a sexual offense is charged as a misdemeanor or felony is important because it can have a significant impact on potential punishments if the individual is convicted.
Each of these types of felony charges holds a different degree of punishment:
- A capital felony carries potential punishments of the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole
- A life felony is punishable by 30 years to life in prison
- A first-degree felony is punishable by up to 30 years in prison
- A second-degree felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison
Being accused of any sexual offense is very serious, and you will need an experienced criminal lawyer from The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. on your side as you face these charges.
Florida has very strict sex offense laws that are aggressively prosecuted. Knowing your rights and having experienced representation can help minimize the penalties you face or help get the charges dropped altogether. If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime in St. Lucie County, including Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie West, Tradition, Fort Pierce, Lakewood Park, and other nearby areas, do not try to navigate the legal process by yourself. Contact the experienced and aggressive defense attorneys at The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. for help by calling 772-336-4357.