Sexually motivated crimes are taken very seriously by the state of Florida, and a conviction can result in severe immediate and long-term consequences. In addition to heavy fines and a lengthy jail or prison sentence, a person may also be required to register as a sex offender.
Unfortunately, false accusations or exaggerated claims can be incredibly common in these cases. It is important for any person who has been accused of committing a sex crime to make sure that he or she has legal representation in order to obtain the most favorable outcome to his or her case.
If you have been charged with a sexually-motivated offense in Brevard Count, and or any other county in the state of Florida, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. The Law Offices of James B. Coulter aggressively defends clients in Melbourne, Satellite Beach and all of the surrounding counties outside of Brevard and throughout the state of Florida a, but our firm also helps people who were arrested for these types of offenses while on vacation or visiting the sunshine state.
James Coulter understands the inherent biases that alleged sex offenders face in the criminal justice system, and they work tirelessly to investigate and evaluate evidence as part of developing the strongest possible defense. Our firm can review your case and help you understand your legal options when you call (321) 586-9944 today to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
There are several different acts that are considered sex crimes in Florida. These offenses largely depend on specific situations, but some of the most common charges include:
Punishments for sexually-motivated crimes depend largely on the classification of the criminal offense, and this may be influenced by a number of aggravating factors including the age of the alleged victim, whether a weapon was used in the commission of the alleged offense, or the alleged offender’s criminal history. These crimes may be misdemeanors or felonies, but the consequences can be serious for any type of conviction.
In addition to mandatory sex offender registration that can dramatically impact a person’s employment, housing, and education possibilities, a conviction can also involve the following sentences:
In misdemeanor cases, an alleged offender could be eligible for the Brevard County Pretrial Diversion (PTD) program that would help him or her avoid criminal prosecution and conviction. This program takes six months to complete, involves at least four hours of alternative community service, and costs $300 plus additional fees for drug testing, phone reporting, and a State Attorney fee.
Individuals who are in the PTD program for a sex crime will also be required to take a sexually transmitted diseases (STD) awareness class, obtain a sex offender assessment, and complete any recommended treatment. Only the Office of the State Attorney can refer alleged offenders to the PTD program, so it is important for all alleged offenders to have legal representation in order to give themselves the best chance at being considered for the program.
As the premier tourist destination in the United States, over 50 million people visit the Melbourne area every year. A person could end up being charged with a sex crime while they are still on vacation in Brevard County or charges may be filed after the alleged offender has returned to his or her home state.
If you have been accused of any sort of sexually-motivated crime in Florida, you cannot simply ignore the charges because they were filed in a different state from the one in which you live. There are enormous consequences to ignoring court proceedings for these types of charges, but a skilled criminal defense lawyer can work to help you achieve the most favorable outcome to your case and possibly prevent you from having to make several return trips to Florida courts.
Victim Service Center of Brevard County, Florida — The certified rape crisis center of Brevard County helps victims of sexual assault, violent crime, and traumatic circumstance. You can find information about crime victim, sexual assault, therapy and support, and outreach and prevention services.
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Melbourne, Florida 32940
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) — This website contains information about requirements for sex offender registrants. There are also answers to frequently asked questions, safety tips, and offender searches and alerts.
Florida Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) — This is the Florida chapter of an international association dedicated to the research and treatment of sexual offenders. The website contains information about evaluations, events, and various reports.
Were you arrested for a sexually-motivated crime in Brevard County? Criminal defense attorney James B. Coulter has an extensive legal background with these types of cases, and they will fight to get these types of charges reduced or completely dismissed.
The Law Offices of James B. Coulter represents clients in the greater Melbourne Florida area as well as surrounding communities in the state of Florida, but we also defend tourists or other Florida visitors. You can have your case reviewed by our firm when you call (321) 586-9944 to take advantage of a free consultation.