Tampa Sex Crimes Lawyer
The consequences of a conviction for a sex-related crime can go far beyond the punishment for other types of offenses. In addition to a lengthy prison sentence, a person convicted of a sex crime may also be designated a sexual offender, or sexual predator, and be subjected to harsh and indefinite registration requirements. The State may also seek involuntary and indefinite civil commitment of certain sex offenders after their prison sentence has been served. Many people arrested for sex-related offenses are wholly undeserving of these types of penalties. Donald C. Barrett will thoroughly evaluate your case, and you will be informed of your options and the consequences you face. Whether it’s through knowledgeable plea negotiations or aggressive representation at trial, Tampa sex crimes lawyer Donald Barrett will fight to achieve the most favorable outcome possible.
Sex Crime Charges can be Defended
Allegations of sex crimes are serious, and they are aggressively pursued by law enforcement and prosecutors. Such accusations come with a certain stigma that can be hard to overcome with prosecutors, judges and juries. Yet sex crime charges may be the result of misidentification, misunderstanding (following a consensual act), false accusations or entrapment.
Every person accused of a crime – no matter how serious the allegation – is entitled to the presumption of innocence and to present a strong defense with the assistance of an experienced, dedicated lawyer. Prosecutors have to prove each and every element of the alleged offense beyond a reasonable doubt, and if they cannot do so, justice requires a verdict of Not Guilty. Donald C. Barrett provides advice and representation for individuals charged with sex-related offenses in the Tampa Bay area, including:
- Sexual Battery
- Lewd or Lascivious Battery
- Lewd or Lascivious Molestation
- Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor
- Indecent Exposure
- Failing to Register as a Sex Offender
Florida Sex Offender and Predator Registry
Conviction for certain sex offenses will result in your personal information being placed into a database where the public can access and disseminate it.
As a registered sex offender, you will be required to report to the sheriff and provide your personal information on a regular basis, and these requirements last indefinitely. If you move or change your name, you have 48 hours to report the updated information. Failure to properly register as a sex offender is a felony.
There are nearly two dozen Florida statutes covering crimes that may require registration on the Florida sex offender registry, from sexual battery to video voyeurism. Even juveniles may be required to register as sex offenders.
Not only a conviction after trial, but also pleading guilty or no contest to a qualifying offense may require registration as a sex offender. Thus, you should seek the advice of an experienced attorney before deciding how to resolve any sex-related charge. Donald C. Barrett has successfully defended clients accused of a variety of sex-related crimes.
Stricter Punishments for Sexual Predators
A defendant can be designated as a sexual predator under the Florida Sexual Predators Act for any of the following:
- Repeat sexual offender
- Sex offense involving physical violence
- Sex offense involving a minor
A designated sexual predator is subject to involuntary civil commitment under the Jimmy Ryce Sexually Violent Predator Act. These individuals can serve a lengthy prison sentence and upon release find themselves transferred to a secure treatment facility without any assurance of when they may be released into society, if ever.
Removal from the Registry
There are limited options available for removal from the registry for sex offenders, but these options are not available for sexual predators. There are also limited options available to avoid registration in the first place, such as in the case of consensual sex with a minor and another person close in age under Florida’s Romeo and Juliet law.
Get Immediate Help after a Tampa Sex Crimes Arrest
For advice and representation after a sex crime arrest in Tampa, call Donald C. Barrett, P.A. for a confidential consultation.