Tampa Sex Crimes Lawyer


Effective Defense from an AV Preeminent* Rated Former Prosecutor with more than 25 Years of Experience

Tampa Sex Crimes Lawyer


Effective Defense from an AV Preeminent* Rated Former Prosecutor with more than 25 Years of Experience



A former prosecutor with over 25 years of experience in criminal defense, Mike G is committed to protecting the rights and future of those accused of committing sex offenses in Tampa, Florida. Known for his aggressive and relentless advocacy, he possesses a deep understanding of the legal system that allows him to anticipate law enforcement strategies. He also has strong relationships with law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and judges, giving him the credibility and insight needed to build a compelling defense. Clients facing sex crime charges who choose Mike G Law can expect dedicated representation aimed at achieving a fair and timely resolution.


A sex crime conviction in Florida impacts your life forever. Even a misdemeanor will affect your reputation and possibly hinder future employment opportunities. The falsely accused still face the court of public opinion, a fault in our criminal justice system, which often presumes guilt with no regard for evidence. If you face charges this severe, you need an experienced Tampa sex crimes attorney who believes in the presumption of innocence, your right to a fair trial, and will represent you aggressively. 

Hiring a Tampa sex crime lawyer is the first defense against unfair prosecution. Mike G Law will immediately investigate the incident to find the evidence needed to build your defense against the charges and avoid placement on the sex offender registry. The consequences of a sex crimes conviction are dire, but an experienced attorney knows your rights and will fight aggressively to protect them. 


“Sex offender” is a broad term used to describe someone convicted of a sexual crime. What constitutes a sex crime can differ from culture to culture and even among states. Florida has state and municipal laws governing sex offenses, such as the Tampa sex offender failure to register rule, and the penalties will vary depending on the type and severity of an offense. 

For a comprehensive understanding of Florida’s sex offense statutes, it is advisable to consult with our office, as we are familiar with Florida state laws, cases of statutory rape, and comprehensive sex crime charges.  

Here are a few statutes: 

  • Sexual Battery (Florida Statute 794.011): This statute defines sexual battery as the oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another person or the anal or vaginal penetration of another person by any other object. It establishes different degrees of sexual battery based on various factors, such as the victim’s age, the use of force, and the relationship between the victim and the offender. 
  • Lewd and Lascivious Conduct (Florida Statute 800.04): This statute addresses offenses involving lewd or lascivious acts committed upon or in the presence of a child under 16. It includes acts such as lewd or lascivious battery, molestation, exhibition, or conduct harmful to minors. 
  • Sexual Offenses Involving Minors (Florida Statute 794.05): This statute addresses sexual offenses involving minors. It includes offenses such as unlawful sexual activity with certain minors, procuring a minor for prostitution, and traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sexual activity. 
  • Sexual Performance by a Child (Florida Statute 827.071): This statute prohibits the promotion, employment, or use of a child in the production of any kind of sexual performance. It also addresses the possession, distribution, or solicitation of materials involving sexual performance by a child. 
  • Internet Crimes Against Children (Florida Statute 847.0135): This statute addresses offenses related to using the Internet to facilitate the sexual exploitation of children. It includes offenses such as transmitting harmful material to a minor, using a computer to solicit a minor for unlawful sexual conduct, or using a computer for transmitting or distributing child pornography. 


Sex crime allegations include any offense when a person sexually abuses someone. This can consist of physical and psychological manipulation and lewd and lascivious crimes, such as indecent exposure. Typical examples of cases a Tampa sex crime lawyer commonly sees include: 

  • Aggravated sexual batterySexual battery, also called rape or sexual assault, can result in severe penalties upon conviction. When aggravating elements, such as using violence or threatening harm, occur during the act, the charges can be even more severe. 
  • Sexual assault of a minorAdults having sex with a minor in any capacity is illegal in Florida. 
  • Prostitution: Prostitution remains illegal in every state except Nevada. This means it is unlawful to solicit sex for money, pay for sexual acts, or act as the intermediary during a monetary transaction for sex. 
  • Possession of child pornographyKnowingly possessing, controlling, or viewing any form of child pornography is illegal in Florida, including possession of online child pornography. 
  • Sexual cyberharassmentPosting or distributing intimate photos, images, or videos of someone else online without consent is illegal in Florida and subject to criminal charges. 

False sexual assault charges are unfortunate; even someone innocent of these claims may face terrifying consequences. Hiring a Tampa sex crimes attorney as soon as possible displays a readiness to combat allegations with strong evidentiary support.  


Every case has unique circumstances that impact the course of action you will take to defend yourself against the charges. In Florida, false allegations, conflicting witness testimonies, and lack of physical evidence of sexual crimes are all valid legal defenses to sex crimes.  

Other common defenses an experienced attorney may use include the following: 

  • Gathering exculpatory evidence 
  • Entrapment 
  • Challenging forensic evidence or arguing unsubstantiated elements 
  • Arguing police misconduct 
  • Questioning the integrity of the accuser 

If you have been charged with any of these offenses, you need a Tampa criminal defense lawyer! Contact Mike G Law today to secure legal representation.

What About Plea Bargaining? 

Entering a plea begins with carefully weighing the circumstances and trusting your attorney’s advice. Each plea carries its own consequences and understanding them is an essential step in the legal process. For example, pleading not guilty requires a defense that displays your innocence, such as highlighting an alibi or making a case for consent or mistaken identity. 

Pleading no contest is not an admission of guilt under criminal law. Instead, it can benefit some defendants by allowing them to avoid trial and accept the facts of the case without admitting guilt. Sometimes, the best course of action is to negotiate a plea deal by making an arrangement with the prosecutor. This may include a plea of no contest and lessen the impact of the trial on everyone involved, including you and your family. 


A sex crime conviction can alter the course of someone’s life, leading to short-term consequences like high fines and a possible ankle tracking device. However, the long-term effects are the most damaging: 

  • The potential loss of friends and family 
  • Loss of employment and an inability to find work  
  • The inability to obtain professional licensing, student loans, or government assistance 
  • The inability to rent a home and possible restrictions on where you can live because of sex offender registration 

These are not consequences anyone should take lightly. Young people, such as college students, risk derailing their career opportunities and need the help of a campus sex crime attorney with experience defending people in similar situations. The label of sexual predator will follow someone their whole life and is worth fighting aggressively. 


A sexual predator is someone convicted of repeated sexual offenses or first-degree felonies, as defined in Florida Statute 775.21, and has a written court order designing them as a sexual predator, or an individual who is civilly committed under the Florida Jimmy Ryce Sexually Violent Predator Act and has a written court order designating them as a sexual predator. Sexual predators present a continued potential risk to other community members, as evidenced by a history of physical violence or preying on children. 

The term sex offender is a legal designation for someone convicted of specific offenses in Florida and released of their sanction after September 1997. Sex crimes that qualify someone as a sex offender include the types of cases a Florida sex crimes attorney would handle listed above, as well as lewd and lascivious behavior, such as statutory rape or procuring a minor for prostitution.  


Offenders convicted of qualifying sex offenses must register as sex offenders in Florida, even if the offense occurred in another state. Failure to do so is punishable by a prison sentence. As registered sex offenders, they must: 

  • Inform the police any time they plan to travel to other counties 
  • Keep law enforcement informed on their presence within their county 
  • Update their driver’s license or ID card within 48 hours of a change in residence, whether it is temporary, transient, or permanent 

Offenders must even update a long list of personal information annually. This includes providing a recent photograph and changes to weight, hair and eye color, tattoos, and identifying marks. Law enforcement should receive updates regarding occupation, vehicle information, professional licensing, and immigration. If a sex offender from another state enters Florida, they must alert the sheriff’s office within 48 hours of arrival. 


Sexual offenses that take place on government property, involve interstate activities, or are especially serious could fall under federal jurisdiction. The circumstances surrounding these situations require careful consideration and the help of an experienced sex crimes attorney.  

Federal offenses often carry the harshest punishments, attracting long sentences, costly fines, and sex offender registration. Crimes involving children are even harsher legal penalties; standards for sentencing are more severe in cases involving violence or death. 

If you face charges for a sex crime under federal law, you need solid legal representation. A skilled sex offense attorney will fight to have the charges against you dismissed or at least minimize the penalties you face. 

What Is the New Law for Sex Offenders in Florida? 

In May 2023, House Bill 1297 became law, taking effect October 1 and making sexual battery crimes committed against children under the age of 12 punishable by the death penalty. The previous law mandated a life sentence in prison for the crime. 

What is Florida’s Romeo & Juliet Law? 

In Florida, the “Romeo and Juliet” Law refers to a legal provision that provides an exception to the sexual offender registration requirement for certain individuals involved in consensual sexual relationships where the age difference is relatively small. The law addresses situations where the individuals involved are close in age and the sexual activity is consensual. 

Under the Romeo and Juliet Law (Florida Statute Section 943.04354), if the offender is 18 years of age or younger and the alleged victim is at least 13 years old and not more than 17 years of age or older at the time of the violation, the law provides an exception to the requirement of registering as a sexual offender or predator. However, certain conditions must be met for the law to apply: 

  1. Age Difference: The law applies if the age difference between the offender and the victim is no more than four years. For example, if the offender is 18 and the victim is 15 or 16, then the law may apply. On the other hand, if the offender is 18 and the victim is 13, the age difference is more than a four-year gap. 
  1. No Force or Threats: Sexual activity must be consensual, without the use of force, coercion, or threats. 
  1. No Previous Convictions: The offender must not have any previous convictions for specified sexual offenses. 
  1. Reporting Requirements: Even if the Romeo and Juliet Law applies, the offender may still be required to report the relationship to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and comply with certain reporting requirements. 

It’s important to note that while the Romeo and Juliet Law may exempt certain individuals from the requirement of registering as a sexual offender or predator, it does not legalize or condone sexual activity involving minors.  


The decisions you make in the aftermath of an arrest for a sex crime can profoundly impact your life forever. Your best chance at building an effective defense will come from a thorough investigation conducted by a legal representative with experience handling similar sex crime cases. For more information on how a Tampa sex crimes attorney can help you, contact Mike G Law to schedule a free consultation today. 


Who has to register as a sex offender?

This is a partial list of requirements—refer to Florida Statutes 775.21 and 943.0435 for a complete listing of registration obligations.   
Sexual offenders must: 
  • Complete a registration form at their county sheriff’s office either twice a year (birth month and every 6th month thereafter), or
  • Four times a year (birth month and every 3rd month thereafter), depending upon their offense.  

For a list of qualifying offenses for quarterly registration (four times a year), please refer to Florida Statute 943.0435(14)(b). 

All sexual predators, some sexual offenders, and all juvenile sexual offenders must: 

  • Report four times a year (birth month and every 3rd month thereafter). 

Additional registration requirements:

  • Sexual offenders and predators must update their driver’s license or identification card within 48 hours after any change to their residence (permanent, temporary, or transient) or name.
  • Sexual offenders and predators MUST maintain registration for the duration of their life.
  • All qualifying sexual offenders, sexual predators, and juvenile sexual offenders will be listed on the public registry website. 

What happens if I fail to register as a sexual offender?

Failure to register as a sex offender in Florida can result in criminal charges and a prison sentence. Classifications include third and second-degree felonies. The maximum prison sentences are five years for a third-degree felony and 15 years for a second-degree felony. 

Can I be removed from the Florida sex offender registry?

An experienced sex crimes attorney can help you fight placement on the Florida sex offender registry. If you already have a sex crime conviction from the past, a lawyer could potentially help you get off the list and move on with your life. 

Do juvenile sex offenders/predators have to register?

You are required to register as a juvenile sexual offender in Florida if you: 

Have been convicted as an adult for a qualifying sexual offense and meet the criteria in Florida Statute 943.0435 or 775.21 to register as an adult sexual offender or predator, or 
Were adjudicated delinquent on or after July 1, 2007, for a qualifying sexual offense in this state or a similar offense in another jurisdiction when you were 14 years of age or older at the time of the offense (F.S. 943.0435(1)(a)1.d). 

What is the legal definition of a sexual offender?

A sexual offender is: 

  1.  An individual who has been convicted of a qualifying sexual offense in Florida (see below) or another jurisdiction AND
  2. They have been released from or are currently serving parole, probation, or incarceration for a qualifying sex offense (listed above) on or after October 1, 1997, OR 
  3. They establish or maintain a residence (permanent, temporary, or transient) in Florida and have a requirement to register or would have a requirement to register as a sexual offender in another jurisdiction, OR
  4. They were adjudicated delinquent on or after July 1, 2007, for one of the following offenses and were 14 years of age or older at the time of the offense:
    • Sexual battery (F.S. 794.011 excluding subsection 10).
    • Lewd/lascivious battery where the victim is under 12 or the court finds sexual activity by the use of force or coercion (F.S. 800.04(4)(a)2).
    • Lewd/lascivious molestation, victim under 12, where the court finds molestation involving unclothed genitals (F.S. 800.04(5)(c)1).
    • Lewd/lascivious molestation, victim under 16 but more than 12, where the court finds the use of force or coercion and unclothed genitals (F.S. 800.04(5)(d)).
    • A violation of a similar law of another jurisdiction (i.e., federal, military, other state). 

What adult convictions qualify as a sex crime in Florida?

Sexual misconduct prohibited (F.S. 393.135(2), F.S. 394.4593(2)).
Kidnapping (F.S. 787.01), where the victim is a minor.
False imprisonment (F.S. 787.02), where the victim is a minor.
Luring or enticing a child (F.S. 787.025(2)(c)), where the victim is a minor.
Human Trafficking (F.S. 787.06(3)(b), (d), (f), or (g) and former 787.06(h)).
Sexual battery (F.S. 794.011), excluding subsection 10.
Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors (F.S. 794.05).
Procuring a person under 18 for prostitution (former F.S. 796.03).
Selling or buying of minors into sex trafficking or prostitution (former F.S. 796.035).
Lewd/lascivious offense committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age (F.S. 800.04).
Video Voyeurism of a minor (F.S. 810.145(8))
Lewd/lascivious offense committed upon or in the presence of an elderly person or disabled adult (F.S. 825.1025).
Sexual performance by a child; child porn; penalties (F.S. 827.071).
Protection of minors; prohibition of certain acts concerning obscenity (F.S. 847.0133).
Computer pornography (F.S. 847.0135), excluding subsection 6.
Transmission of child pornography by electronic device/equipment (F.S. 847.0137).
Transmission of material harmful to minors to a minor by electronic device/equipment (F.S. 847.0138).
Selling or buying of minors (for portrayal in a visual depiction engaging in sexually explicit conduct) (F.S. 847.0145).
Offenses concerning racketeering and illegal debts (F.S. 895.03), where the court makes a written finding that the racketeering activity involved at least one sexual offense in this list.
Sexual misconduct prohibited (F.S. 916.1075(2)).
Sexual misconduct prohibited (F.S. 985.701(1)).
A violation of a similar law of another jurisdiction (i.e., federal, military, other state or country). 

What are sexual offenders not allowed to do in Florida?

Registered sex offenders cannot live within 1,000 feet of a daycare, park, school, or playground. They also cannot work for any business that regularly has children present, including companies with indoor or outdoor play areas. 

If I am just visiting, attending school, or working in Florida, do I have to register as an out-of-state sex offender?

Federal and state laws require sexual offenders/predators to register in all jurisdictions where they live, work, or attend school. Sexual offenders/predators who are required to register with a temporary address in Florida are subject to all Florida registration laws while residing within the state, including being listed on the Florida Sexual Offender/Predator Public Registry website. 
If you are visiting Florida from another state, you must report in person to the sheriff’s office within 48 hours of establishing a temporary residence in Florida. You are also required to report to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) with a copy of the completed sexual offender/predator registration form to obtain a valid Florida identification card or driver’s license within 48 hours from the time of your registration with the sheriff’s office as well. Failure to comply is a felony of the 3rd degree. 

Let Mike G Help Protect Your Rights

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