Sex Offenses Against Minors

Facts Regarding Sex Offenses Against Minors

Florida has strict laws related to sexual offenses against minors. When an adult is accused of engaging in sexual activity with a minor, the situation provokes strong emotional responses that can often result in a rush to judgment.

Defending yourself if you have been charged with a sexual offense involving a minor requires an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. I am Mike G, and I have been practicing law in Florida since 1991. My background as a former Assistant State Attorney allows me to evaluate the prosecution’s case against you and to mount a strong defense that protects your rights and your reputation.

State Laws Related To Sex Offenses Against Minors

Understanding how Florida law regards minors and sexual consent is essential to creating a viable defense to any charges. Here are some relevant points about the law in Florida to keep in mind:

  • The age of consent in Florida is 18.
  • Statutory rape of a minor aged 12 to 16 is known in Florida as lewd and lascivious battery and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
  • Adults who commit sexual battery (rape) against a child younger than 12 can receive a sentence of life imprisonment, if convicted.
  • A defendant convicted of the charge of unlawful sexual activity with a minor can be sentenced with up to 15 years of imprisonment or 15 years of sex offender probation.
  • Beyond certain rare exceptions, the main defense for sexual offenses involving minors is false allegation, or making the argument that insufficient evidence exists that the alleged contact occurred. Ignorance of a minor’s age is NOT recognized as a defense, nor is misrepresentation by the minor of his or her age.

Beyond the exceptions for young adults noted above, the main defense for sexual offenses involving minors is false allegation, or making the argument that insufficient evidence exists that the alleged contact occurred. Ignorance of a minor’s age is NOT recognized as a defense, nor is misrepresentation by the minor of his or her age.

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If you are facing sex offense charges involving a minor in Tampa, it is imperative to hire a lawyer experienced in this area of criminal defense. Call 813-221-4303, or contact my office by using this online form.