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The State of Florida has particularly harsh penalties for sex offenders, so it is important to have a skilled attorney on your side if you have been charged. A conviction could change your life forever – it could affect where you can live, the jobs you can be hired for, how you can travel. Position yourself for success by retaining the counsel of the experienced Pensacola sex crimes attorney at the Morris Firm. Attorney Brandon Morris has handled countless cases just like yours and will tailor his legal strategies to meet your needs.

Contact the Morris Firm today for professional legal representation. Call (850) 583-9112.

What Is a Sex Crime?

The phrase “sex crimes” is an umbrella term referring to any lewd or unlawful activity that is sexual in nature. Even crimes like murder, kidnapping, and burglary are considered sex crimes if they were sexually motivated.

Some other examples of sex crimes include:

  • Sexual conduct with a minor
  • Sexual assault
  • Prostitution and solicitation
  • Molestation of a child
  • Rape
  • Sexual battery
  • Indecent exposure
  • Public sexual indecency
  • Sexual exploitation of a minor
  • Incest

Every state has slightly different laws regarding these crimes. In Florida, sex crimes are organized into three categories to differentiate the type of activity.

The three types of sex crimes in Florida are:

  • Unlawful sexual activity with a minor: If a person who is 24 or older has consensual sexual relations with a 16- or 17-year-old, they have committed a sex crime.
  • Lewd or lascivious acts: Sex crimes involving a child younger than 16. Such crimes could include battery, molestation, sexual conduct, and exhibition. The offender cannot use ignorance of the victim’s age as a defense of their activity.
  • Sexual battery/rape: In Florida, the crime of rape is referred to as sexual battery. This crime encompasses any sexual activity that is not consensual and is performed by force, incapacitation, or coercion.

What Are the Penalties?

Florida is particularly strict when it comes to sex crimes, so the potential consequences can be severe.

  • The maximum penalty for unlawful sexual activity with a minor is 15 years in prison and/or a fine or $10,000 or more.
  • Conviction of a lewd or lascivious act comes with up to 15 years in prison.
  • Sexual battery is the most serious crime, so convicted offenders face anywhere from nine years to life in prison.

Anyone who is convicted of a sexually related felony is automatically designated as a sexual offender. As a result, the offender must comply with all state and federal sexual offender registration laws.

Defending against sex crime charges requires careful investigation of the situation and thoughtful representation. Pensacola sex crimes attorney Brandon Morris can be by your side every step of the way and work toward a favorable outcome in your case.

Call the Morris Firm at (850) 583-9112 today to get started on your case.

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