Tampa Sex Crime Lawyer
A conviction for a sexual offense carries some of the most severe and dreaded punishments in Florida criminal law, including a significant period of incarceration in prison and the requirement to register as a Sex Offender or Sexual Predator. You are additionally prone to face the loss of your job, your housing, your reputation, and even your friends and family. Persons convicted of sex crimes are also subject to the most extremely burdensome and restrictive forms of probation or community control.
As a former Florida criminal prosecutor and a licensed private investigator with 25 years of experience in the field of criminal law, Tampa sex crime lawyer David Faulkner is an excellent choice to advise and represent you if you’ve been charged with a sex crime in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk or Pasco County. The Faulkner Law Group conducts a thorough investigation of your case and is prepared to negotiate or try your case for the best result available in your particular circumstances. Contact the Faulkner Law Group in Tampa for help with an arrest in any of the following areas:
- Sexual battery
- Lewd & lascivious conduct
- Lewd or lascivious molestation
- Child pornography
- Child abuse
You have a right to defend yourself against sex crime charges
Never forget that as a person accused of a crime, you are entitled to a presumption of innocence and a host of constitutional protections to ensure you are treated fairly. You are also entitled to defend yourself in court and have an attorney represent you. When facing a serious sex crime charge, it may be in your best interest to plead guilty or fight the charges. A knowledgeable and dedicated sex crimes defense attorney at the Faulkner Law Group can advise you of your options and assist you appropriately. Some common defenses to sex crime charges include:
Misidentification – The victim or a witness incorrectly identified you as the perpetrator, or the police arrested the wrong person based on a general description.
Consent – The sexual act was consensual, but the alleged victim later felt remorse, anger or understood the situation differently.
Entrapment – You were enticed to engage in solicitation, prostitution or other illegal acts through a police sting operation.
As both an experienced criminal defense lawyer and family law attorney, Tampa attorney David Faulkner understands that sometimes alleged victims make false accusations based on hurt feelings or a desire for revenge, or to gain an advantage in a divorce or child custody dispute. Children and adults alike may falsely accuse a relative or family acquaintance as an attention-seeking behavior without appreciating the ramifications of their actions. David Faulkner is an experienced sex crimes lawyer and licensed private investigator who is skilled at identifying false or inconsistent statements made by an accuser or witness. A former Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Faulkner carefully examines any physical evidence collected or challenges law enforcement when they fail to collect or preserve evidence or when they willfully or negligently damage, destroy or misplace evidence that could tend to prove your innocence. The Faulkner Law Group approaches your sex crime prosecution aware of the sensitive nature of the charges yet with a dogged pursuit of your rights and interests.
Florida sex offender registration is a heavy burden to bear
Conviction of a sex crime in Florida carries the requirement of registering with the state as a sex offender. Sex offender registration is a lifetime registration on a public database that shows your name, address and picture and stays up all your life and even a year after your death. Members of the public can find you on the database by searching your name or searching their neighborhood to see if any registered sex offenders live nearby. Once they find you, they can print out flyers and post them in the neighborhood or hand them out to people who live on your street.
Being on the sex offender registry requires you to report regularly to the sheriff throughout your lifetime. You also have only 48 hours to notify law enforcement when you change your address, or it’s off to prison to with you. Even worse, if convicted of a sex offense involving physical violence to a minor or as a Repeat Sexual Offender, you can be designated as a Sexual Predator and confined indefinitely to a mental facility through the state’s involuntary civil commitment proceeding.
You Can’t Afford Not to Get Help with Sex Crime Charges in Tampa
There is too much at stake to go through a sex crime arrest or prosecution without guidance and help from an experienced and successful Tampa sex crimes defense lawyer. Call the Faulkner Law Group at 813-544-3919 for a no-cost, confidential consultation.