Best Sex Crime Defense Attorneys in Clearwater

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC recognize the devastating consequences that people suffer when accused of committing a sex crime.  We also know that these types of charges are often times over-charged by the prosecuting agency.  Additionally, the number of falsely accused individuals is steadily climbing. 

People have strong views of crimes that are sexual in nature, and there is often a stigma associated with being accused of a sex crime.  Personal views and social attitudes can affect your relationships, your employment, your future, and ultimately, your defense. 

Why choose us for your Sex Crime case?

Sex crime cases are aggressively prosecuted in Florida, and even more so when the alleged victim is a minor child.  The State Attorney's Office will sometimes have special prosecutors assigned to prosecute only these cases.  You need an experienced criminal defense attorney who has defended countless clients charged with a wide range of sexual offenses.  Our team has the unique skills to handle the complex issues involved in defending a sex crimes case. 

What to know about Sex Crime Cases in Florida

Types of sex crimes:

  • Sexual battery, also known as rape, is the oral, anal or vaginal penetration by one person to a non-consenting individual by use of force. It is important to know that consent is not a defense when the victim below a certain age. 
  • Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Certain Minor is a consensual or non-consensual sexual act with a minor. The offense is determined by the age of the offender and the age of the victim.  Other factors that may contribute to the degree of the offense and the range of possible penalties are: whether the victim is mentally or physically handicapped, whether the victim was injured; whether the act was completed; and whether there was actual penetration.  A capital sexual battery is punishable by mandatory life in prison if convicted as charged.
  • Lewd and Lascivious activity involves children who are under the age of sixteen. The charge may be filed as a Lewd and Lascivious Molestation, Exhibition, Battery or Conduct.
  • Child pornography
  • Exposure of sexual organs

Working with qualified experts:

The effects this type of charge can have on an individual extend way beyond the possibility of losing your freedom.  Your job, your reputation and your livelihood are on the line.  There are numerous defenses and it is important to consult an experienced sex crimes attorney so you can become aware of all of your options.  Our office has been handling these and other violent crime cases for years.  We work with DNA experts, experienced investigators, independent laboratories, child psychologists and a range of other types of experts to ensure that we have exhausted every possible defense.

What to expect at trial:

Should your case proceed to trial, you can expect that the state attorney's office or other prosecuting agency has carefully built what it believes to be a strong case.  Our office is equipped with the knowledge and skills to aggressively defend sex crime charges.  Your defense begins the day you hire us.  We will immediately, through the use of investigators and our own independent experts, begin to build your defense.  The prosecutors often times “get it wrong” and we have been defending these types of charges long enough to know this.  It is the prosecutor's inclination to believe the stories told by alleged victims, and it is our job to expose deceitful motivations behind false accusations, if this is indeed suspected in your case.

Contact our office immediately:

If you or someone you know is under investigation or has been charged with a sex crime in Tampa Bay or the surrounding areas, your defense should begin immediately.  Often times, evidence is not properly preserved, and delaying your defense can have significant negative consequences.  Prosecuting agencies will utilize creative investigative tools to build their cases.  You need an experienced attorney to guide you through the process whether you have been formally charged or if you suspect you are being investigated.  Do not hesitate to call our office for a free consultation and remember that the most innocent behavior or statements can be used against you in a court of law.  Getting our office involved early in your case may save your life and your reputation.

Only an experienced Florida criminal defense attorney can evaluate the unique facts and circumstances surrounding a sex crime case and provide you with individualized advice; however, anyone who has been accused of rape or another similar sex offense should have at least basic understanding of the Florida sex offense laws and commonly used defenses.

If you have questions related to your specific case, you can contact us 24/7 for a free case review.

For more information, please visit our Sex Crime FAQ Page.

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