A conviction for a sex crime in Florida is forever. Under Florida law, if you are convicted of a sex crime, your name must be placed on the state’s sex offender registry and it will likely never be removed.
Even a misdemeanor offense will remain on your record for future employers and the general public to see. If you are being charged, it is critical to get the most aggressive defense representation available.
That same experience now lets Mike G expertly defend each client during every step of the legal process. Learn how Mike G can help you get the best possible outcome for your case.
What to Do If You’re Being Charged
If you or a loved one is facing charges for a sex crime—call a sex crimes defense attorney IMMEDIATELY.
Do not try to explain the situation to a police officer, work things out with the accuser directly, or post on social media about what is occurring. The prosecution may try to twist your words and use them against you, or your accuser could claim you were trying to intimidate or threaten you.
Get the right criminal defense attorney on your side. Call the Mike G Law office in Tampa right away at 813-221-4303 or click here to contact us.
Areas of Defense
We defend all people accused of committing a sex crime, including offenses like these:
- Sexual battery / aggravated sexual assault / rape. Punishment for sexual battery charges will depend on your age, your criminal record, the victim’s age, and any aggravating circumstances.
- Sexual assault of a minor / sexual battery of a minor. These offenses are generally prosecuted harshly because of the victim’s age. Assault will be punishable by a sentence of up to 15 years, while battery can result in a sentence of up to 25 years.
- Prostitution or solicitation. Prostitution in all forms is illegal in Florida, as is running a brothel, pimping, or soliciting. Repeated offenses often lead to additional repercussions. For individuals who have fallen into prostitution because of addiction, drug court may be an option.
- Solicitation of a minor. In cases where the alleged victim is a minor, expect heavy prosecution. Soliciting a minor for sex online carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, however, each instance of solicitation can be charged as a separate count, increasing potential prison time.
- Statutory sexual assault of a minor. Also known as statutory rape. Those over 24 who engage in sexual relations with a 16- or 17-year-old may be charged with statutory rape. This charge is tried as a second-degree felony and conviction may result in a sentence of up to 15 years.
- Child pornography. Possession or distribution of child pornography can lead to huge fines and lengthy prison sentences. For example, if charged with four counts of possession, you may be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years and a fine of $20,000. In addition, you will be required to register as a sex offender and have limits placed on where you can live.
Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction
A conviction can instantly change your life. In addition to serving time behind bars, a sex offense can have lasting effects on where you can live and what kind of jobs you may be eligible for.
Other possible consequences and penalties include:
- A long prison sentence
- High fines that could put you in debt
- Requiring to register as a sex offender
- Loss of employment or future employment opportunities
- Inability to live in certain areas
- Difficulties obtaining professional licenses, student loans, or government assistance
- Probation and strict behavior requirements
How Mike G Can Help
If you’re facing accusations of a sex offense, you may feel that the trial is stacked against you from the start. But at Mike G Law, we know how to cut through the noise and ensure that you get a fair trial.
Mike G started as an Assistant State Attorney, seeing firsthand how police and prosecutors overstep their constitutional authority when gathering evidence, misinterpreting witness reports and pressing their cases aggressively to seek a conviction. Even if a case was built on dubious evidence, they sought convictions and damaged people’s futures. This is harmful and unacceptable.
Now, Mike G fights on behalf of the accused. That experience as an Assistant State Attorney now lets Mike G expertly defend each client during every step of the legal process, zeroing in on prosecutors’ errors and working towards the best possible outcome for each client.
Possible Legal Defenses for Florida Sex Crimes
Every case is different, so every plan of defense will be different, too. Depending on your case, our team might recommend one of these options:
- Not-guilty plea. With a not-guilty plea, we will try to demonstrate your innocence. This may include pointing out holes or issues with the victim’s story, highlighting your alibi, making a case for mistaken identity, illustrating that there was, in fact, consent, showing that you yourself were of diminished capacity at the time of the alleged act, finding procedural mistakes committed by the police or prosecutor, or showcasing how the allegations are a result of a false accusation.
- No-contest plea. This may be beneficial for those who are willing to accept the facts of the case, but not willing to admit guilt. Defendants who choose to plead no contest can avoid a trial if the judge accepts the plea and the ruling cannot be used against you in future proceedings.
- Plea deal for a reduced sentence. This often includes pleading guilty or no contest in exchange for a lower jail sentence. This can lessen the impact of a trial on everyone involved, including you and your family. Some defendants find this is an effective way to avoid having to register as a sex offender.
Ultimately, the best defense for your case will rely on you working with your attorney, who will diligently investigate your case and advocate for you.
To learn more, consult with a qualified Florida sex crimes lawyer. Schedule your consultation with Mike G Law today.
Contact Mike G
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You deserve a fair trial, no matter what. Mike G will work with you to create a strong defense against accusations of sex crimes—and we won’t let the prosecution trample on your rights.
Call 813-221-4303 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation to discuss your case.