Consequences Of Rape And Sexual Assault Convictions In Florida

Rape and sexual assault (known under Florida state law as "sexual battery") are crimes that the justice system takes very seriously. Sentences for those convicted of sexual offenses start at five years for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and escalate to the death penalty for the rape of a child under age 12 by an adult.

I am lawyer Michael C. Gonzalez, and my firm, Mike G. Law, focuses on criminal defense cases, including the defense of clients charged with rape and sexual assault. My background as a former assistant state attorney helps me view your case the way that the prosecutor will see it, and construct a rape and sexual assault defense that will protect your due process rights under the law.

Restrictions You May Face After A Rape And Sexual Assault Conviction

Whether or not you serve prison time for sexual assault, if you are convicted, you will be required to comply with sex offender registration laws in Florida and throughout the United States. These laws require you to update your address with the registry for the rest of your life.

After a prison sentence has been served, a judge can sentence you to sex offender probation for up to 15 years. If you are placed on this type of probation, you will also have to comply with the following restrictions:

  • You cannot live within 1,000 feet of schools, parks or other locations where children gather
  • You cannot work or volunteer at any organization where children gather (including libraries, day care centers, pet shops, schools and the like)
  • You may be subject to warrantless searches at your probation officer's discretion
  • You may be required to participate in a mandatory outpatient sexual offender treatment program at your own expense

A rape conviction in Florida is not eligible for expungement, so it remains on your criminal record permanently. In addition to ongoing social stigma, you may face professional sanctions after a conviction, or simply be unable to legally continue in your current occupation. If you do not keep your records updated with the offender registry, you may face additional criminal penalties.

Do Not Delay — Contact My Office Immediately

With so much at stake when facing a sexual assault charge, it is important to act quickly after your arrest. My law firm, which serves the Tampa Bay area, will fight for your rights and seek the best possible outcome in your case. Call 813-221-4303, or contact me through this online form.