Conviction of a sex crime offense carries severe penalties that can affect individuals in many ways. Prison time, probation, and designation as a sex offender are some of the common penalties that those who are convicted face.
Our sex crime lawyer Miami understand how devastating it can be for the person who has been the victim of a sex crime. Such crimes can damage an individual for the rest of their life.
However, the team at Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., also knows that there are times when individuals are misidentified as offenders, when someone is accused due to the jealousy or anger or another person, or that a person is charged based on false or compromised evidence.
Types of Sex Crimes
In the State of Florida, there are various types of offenses that are categorized as sex crimes; these include those that are classified under Lewd and Lascivious Acts. Lewd and Lascivious Acts, which define sex crimes committed against someone under the age of 16, include four basic types of crimes. These crimes are Lewd and Lascivious Battery and Lewd and Lascivious Molestation. Plus, there is Lewd and Lascivious Conduct, and, in addition, Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition.
In terms of these crimes, defenses that are disavowed are those that focus on the offender’s ignorance of the victim’s age, and those that are concerned with the offender’s age. In other words, if charged with such a crime, it does not matter if one thought the person violated was older, and if the person committing the crime is underage, that is not a defense.
The other two major types of sex crimes are Sexual Battery or Rape and Unlawful Sexual Activity with Minors. Rape, which is often referred to legally as Sexual Battery, is a crime of violence. It involves a person or persons performing a sexual act on someone by coercing, forcing, or incapacitating the victim. With Unlawful Sexual Activity with Minors, which is also known as Statutory Rape, the victim is between the age of 16 and 17 and the offender is at least 24 years of age.
Your Sex Crime Defense
If you are charged with a sex crime, it is essential that you secure a sex crime attorney Miami who is skilled, experienced, and successful in representing those accused of such crimes. The legal team at the Law Office of Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., is comprised of individuals who are seasoned veterans in sex crime defensive strategies.
Representing someone accused of a sex crime is exceptionally challenging, as the law tends to favor the accuser. That means that aspects of an accuser’s past, including any false charges they may have been made previously, sexual history, and emotional health may not be considered during trial.
The Miami sex crime lawyers in the Law Office at Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., understand that it is always best if they can get charges dropped before a sex crimes case goes to trial. If it does go before a jury, the best defense is to cast doubt on the accuser’s motivations for bringing charges, and that involves gathering exculpatory evidence. Such evidence, which is collected by our legal firm’s investigative team, is focused on proving that the accused is innocent.
The strongest type of evidence that one can offer is that which conflicts with that of the accuser. Casting doubt on the accusations being made is the best way for a defendant to make sure that charges are never filed, or that they are dropped, or that the jury will find the person charged not guilty.
Contact Miami Sex Crime Attorneys For Legal Help
If you have been accused of a sex crime and require representation by a firm that possesses topnotch Miami criminal defense lawyers, contact the Law Office of Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., at 305-757-3331. You may also get in touch with us by filling out the convenient form located on the right hand side of this page. Once you contact us, one of our legal team will be in touch quickly to make an appointment to meet with you as soon as possible. Being accused of a sex crime is an exceptionally serious offense that can lead to life-altering consequences. Make sure that you secure a law team that has the personnel, knowledge, and drive to defend you and to get you the best outcome possible.