Fort Lauderdale Sex Crimes & Abuse Lawyer
Rape is only one step down from murder on the list of violent crimes, though victims would likely argue that it is an equally vicious and unsolicited attack as taking one’s life. As such, the law punishes those who are convicted of rape or other sexual forms of sexual assault with serious prison time. However, not all those who are charged with sexual battery or sex crimes are guilty. According to researchers, there may have been as many as 2,000 false convictions in the past 23 years, as reported by NBC News. In fact, according to research professor at University of Michigan Law, Samuel Gross, one of the leading reasons for these false convictions is from fabricated crimes. These fabrications may stem from a divorced parent getting their child to go along with a lie that they were sexually abused by the other parent. These false convictions are also created by police officers and others in positions of authority, such as therapists.
We believe in one’s innocence until proven guilty, as does the U.S. justice system. If you have been falsely accused of a sex crime, your entire future is at stake. Sex crimes can result in lifelong prison sentences. Contact Deric Zacca, P.A., today and speak with a Fort Lauderdale sex crimes & abuse lawyer. Call at 954-450-4848 today.
Sex Crimes and Punishments Under Florida Law
A sex crime in Florida is any sexual contact that is not consensual. This includes sexual battery, alsco called rape. There is sometimes an argument as to what “consent” means. In reality, it is very clear. According to Florida state statute 794.011, consent is:
- “Intelligent, knowing, and voluntary consent and does not include coerced submission; and
- Shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the alleged victim to offer physical resistance to the offender.”
The penalty for sexual battery for an adult that is found guilty of committing sexual battery on a child younger than 12 years old is a capital felony, Florida state statute 921.124. A capital felony in this circumstance is punishable by a minimum of 25 years in prison. A life sentence or death sentence may also be given depending on the discretion of the court. If the offender is less than 18 years old and the victim is less than 12 years old, the offender will be charged with a life felony, punishable by up to life in prison, but not exceeding 40 years. If the offender is an adult aged 18 or more and the victim is 12 years old or older, the offense is a first degree felony, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Reach Out to an Attorney for Assistance
No matter the charges, if you have been falsely accused of a sex crime, contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale sex crimes & abuse lawyer to fight those allegations. Call Deric Zacca, P.A., today at 954-450-4848 for help in defending your innocence.