Skilled, Strategic Defense For Sex Offense Charges
Aside from criminal penalties, a person convicted of a sex crime can face disdain and reproach from his or her community. In many situations, even friends and family will side with the courts and forever have a lowered opinion of the defendant. At Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law, we can fight for your case to help you avoid the negative impact of a sex crime conviction.
Our Miami sex crime defense lawyers work together and draw upon their decades of criminal defense experience and unique strengths to determine the most effective strategy for each case we handle. Each partner highlights important factors that might have been missed by just one set of legal eyes, greatly improving our chances of a favorable result.
Types Of Sex Crimes We Handle
In Florida, an individual can face charges for various types of offenses involved with sexual misconduct. Sexual acts that are deviant in nature, the exchange of sexual activity for money, or forced and nonconsensual sexual acts, may all be considered sex crimes. Even some forms of consensual sexual actions can be criminalized.
Sex Crimes Against Children
Some of the most harshly penalized offenses involve offenses against children. Child sexual abuse involves the molestation or forced intercourse of a minor. The crime of battery for adults can be charged as child abuse when committed to a child. Child molestation is another form of child abuse that involves an adult using a minor for sexual stimulation.
Solicitation of a child for unlawful sex is an illegal act that refers to the use of online services to seduce or entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual conduct. Lewd conduct is another crime against children referring to the intentional touching of a minor less than 16 years of age in a lascivious manner.
Our Miami sex crime attorneys are prepared to handle cases concerning:
Sex Crimes Against Adults
Adults can also be victims of sex crimes. For example:
- Date rape is a crime that refers to the forced sexual intercourse during a voluntary social engagement when the victim had no intention of submitting to engage in sexual activity.
- Sexual battery is the undesired contact with an intimate body part by another individual for the purpose of the offender’s sexual arousal and gratification.
- Prostitution, giving or receiving of ones’ body for sexual activity aimed at monetary gain, is illegal for both parties.
- Indecent exposure laws prohibit the display of an individual’s sexual organs in a public area.
The Penalties Can Be Harsh; You Need An Experienced Lawyer
Any sex crime arrest is a serious situation, and the charges you face could negatively impact your life. If convicted, the penalties would directly correlate with the specific sex crime you have been charged. Additional aggravating factors, such as the offense being against a minor or involvement of a weapon, could result in higher penalties. You could face heavy fines, a long prison sentence, probation, and parole, if convicted.
Under Megan’s Law, mandatory sex offender registration is required for most sex crime convictions. Registration is often the most disheartening penalty associated with sex crimes because it will negatively influence the remainder of your life, including where you can live and work. Failure to register as a sex offender is an offense that will result in increased penalties.
Call Today For Unwavering Defense Counsel
Sex crime cases typically consist of one person’s word against another. In such circumstances, the testimonies can become very inconsistent and evidence may be limited. At our criminal defense firm, we can focus on highlighting your intentions and innocence while pointing out the weaknesses of the prosecution’s argument.
Many sex crime allegations arise from false allegations or because the defendant was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Our Miami sex crime lawyers can help you develop a strong case to combat the charges against you. Contact us online or call 305-564-4329 today for experienced legal counsel!
The internet has revolutionized so much of our lives over the last few decades, but with its innovations have also come a new kind of criminal offense: internet sex crimes. This is an umbrella term that describes internet user activity that is meant to illegally solicit sexual activity, or view or distribute illegal sexual media. These offenses are serious and because they so often involve or imply interstate or even international activity and are therefore often considered federal crimes.
If you have been charged with an internet sex crime on either the state or federal level, we implore you to contact our lawyers at Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law. Our award-winning and sought-after team benefits from more than 35-plus years of combined experience and the insight of a former Miami-Dade prosecutor. We have the resources, knowledge and diligence to ensure that any avenue toward a favorable outcome will be aggressively and diligently pursued.
What Is An Internet Sex Crime?
Internet sex crime is a broad term that can describe a variety of different offenses. In these cases, law enforcement and prosecutors will claim that the accused used the web to facilitate illegal sexual activity. Common examples of internet sex crimes include:
- Possession of child pornography (digital photos and videos)
- Distribution of child pornography (digital photos and videos)
- Solicitation of a child
- Obscenity charges
No two internet sex crime cases are alike, but, many times, these charges result from misunderstandings, ignorance or outright deception. That is why it is so very critical that a clear depiction of circumstances is asserted in these cases. Our attorneys offer experienced counsel related to any type of internet sex crime, including:
- Sextortion, a newer offense that involves the use of personal information to extort sexually explicit images or favors from victims.
- Cyberstalking, which may or may not be sexual in nature, but may involve extortion or blackmail using sexually explicit material online, on social media or via email.
- Web-based sex trafficking, which may involve the use of websites or web-based advertising to carry out any aspect of a sex trafficking operation.
- Child pornography, which includes the web-based possession, sale or distribution of sexually explicit material involving children.
Our internet sex crime attorneys are well-versed in harnessing both character and electronic evidence and making sure that our clients receive every consideration from the judge and jury.
Facing Internet Sex Crime Charges Or Allegations? Call Us Today.
There is no time to waste if you have been accused of any internet sex crime. You must remember that you have the right to legal counsel. You are also innocent until proven guilty, and guilt must be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. Using every possible aspect of the constitution and our justice system to your advantage, our Miami internet sex crime attorneys are ready to see how we can defend you. Call 305-564-4329 or contact us online today!
Statutory rape statutes revolve around Florida’s age of consent laws. The law assumes that minors – anyone under the age of 18 – cannot legally consent to sexual activity. These laws, however, can lead to very complex and sensitive cases involving young people who have entered sexual relationships or activity.
While there has been some effort from lawmakers to address these situations, many accused find themselves facing severe penalties after participating in what they believed to be appropriate circumstances.
If you have been accused of statutory rape, the time to start exploring your legal options is now. Our seasoned legal team at Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law, in Miami brings more than 35-plus years of combined experience to your aid. We understand how sensitive these matters can be and always approach them with the preparedness and assertiveness necessary to pursue the most favorable outcome.
Age Of Consent Is An Important Factor
In the state of Florida, the age of consent is 18. That means that as soon as someone turns 18 years of age, they can have consensual sexual intercourse without any legal ramifications for older partners. For minors under the age of 18, however, consent laws become more nuanced and prohibitive.
Age of consent laws in Florida are as follows:
- Those aged 18 can have consensual intercourse with anyone 16 and older.
- Those aged 16 and 17 can have consensual intercourse with anyone up to the age of 24.
Statutory rape is considered a second-degree felony. Repeat offenses and the involvement of disabled victims could also affect the outcome of these charges.
For Dedicated Representation, Call Today
If you have been accused of statutory rape or any sex crime, do not wait to seek legal counsel. Even if you believe you have done no wrong, exercise your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney. Our dedicated lawyers are ready to hear your story and begin developing a robust defense strategy on your behalf. Call 305-564-4329 or reach out to us online for your free, confidential case evaluation. We are ready to hear from you.