When a person is arrested for a sexual offense in Florida, the possible consequences of a conviction could last for the duration of that person’s life. In addition to penalties that can include lengthy imprisonment and significant fines, alleged offenders can also be required to register as sex offenders.
Many sex-related offenses are based solely on the claims of the alleged victims. This means that alleged offenders can face criminal charges despite a complete lack of forensic evidence. False accusations are an unfortunate reality that can leave people feeling as though they have been deprived of their presumption of innocence.
Sex Crimes Lawyer in Broward County, FL
Do you believe that you could be under investigation or were you arrested in Florida for a sexually-motivated offense? The Hoffman Firm can investigate the circumstances of your case and fight to get the criminal charges reduced or dismissed.
Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale who represents clients throughout Broward County, including Davie, Lauderhill, Cooper City, Pompano Beach, Pembroke Pines, and many surrounding communities. You can receive a complete review of your case to help understand your legal options as soon as you call (954) 524-4474 today to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation.
Fort Lauderdale Sex Crimes Information Center
- What are some of the most frequent sex offenses in Florida?
- Which types of convictions can result in people being required to register as sex offenders?
- Where can I learn more about sexual crimes in Broward County?
The classification and grade of a sexual offense depends on the type of conduct allegedly involved. Other factors such as the age of the alleged victim and the prior criminal history of the alleged offender can also impact the severity of the criminal charges.
A few of the most common sex-related crimes that The Hoffman Firm handles include:
- Child Molestation;
- Date Rape;
- Internet Solicitation;
- Lewd and Lascivious Battery;
- Lewd or Lascivious Molestation;
- Sexual Battery or Rape;
- Statutory Rape; and
- Unlawful Sexual Activity with Minors.
People who are convicted of qualifying sex offenses can be required to register as sexual offenders in Florida. Those convicted of sexually violent offenses must register as sexual predators.
Sex offender registration is a public record that can create severe hardships in such matters as employment and housing. Sexual offender registration is required for any person who has been convicted of any of the following offenses:
- Sexual misconduct with an individual with a developmental disability;
- Sexual misconduct by any department of children and families employee with a patient;
- Kidnapping (when alleged victim is a minor and alleged offender is not alleged victim's parent or guardian);
- False imprisonment (when alleged victim is a minor and alleged offender is not alleged victim's parent or guardian);
- Luring or enticing a child (when alleged victim is a minor and alleged offender is not alleged victim's parent or guardian);
- Human trafficking;
- Sexual battery;
- Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors;
- Procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution;
- Selling or buying of minors into sex trafficking or prostitution;
- Lewd/lascivious offense committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age;
- Video voyeurism of a minor;
- Lewd/lascivious offense committed upon or in the presence of an elderly person or disabled adult;
- Sexual performance by a child;
- Selling, renting, loaning, giving away, distributing, transmitting, or showing any obscene material to a minor;
- Computer pornography;
- Transmission of child pornography by electronic device/equipment;
- Transmission of material harmful to minors to a minor by electronic device/equipment;
- Selling or buying of minors (for portrayal in a visual depiction engaging in sexually explicit conduct);
- Sexual misconduct prohibited under Florida Statute § 916.1075(2) or Florida Statute § 985.701(1); or
- A violation of a similar law of another jurisdiction.
Additionally, the alleged offender must also have been released from or be currently serving parole, probation, or incarceration for a qualifying sex offense; establish or maintain a residence (permanent, temporary, or transient) in Florida and have a requirement to register or would have a requirement to register as a sexual offender in another jurisdiction; or have been adjudicated delinquent for one of the following offenses when he or she was 14 years of age or older at the time of the offense:
- Sexual battery;
- Lewd/lascivious battery where the victim is under 12 or the court finds sexual activity by the use of force or coercion;
- Lewd/lascivious molestation, victim under 12, where the court finds molestation involving unclothed genitals;
- Lewd/lascivious molestation, victim under 16 but more than 12, where the court finds the use of force or coercion and unclothed genitals; or
- A violation of a similar law of another jurisdiction.
Fort Lauderdale Police Department | Victim Services — At the request of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Victim Advocates respond to crime scenes to provide immediate crisis intervention and referrals to victims of sex crimes. Advocates provide emotional support, court advocacy support, assistance in obtaining injunctions, and help in filing for victim's compensation. Victim Advocates do not give legal advice.
Fort Lauderdale Police Department
1300 W. Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Criminal Investigations Division | Broward Sheriff's Office — The Broward Sheriff's Office’s Criminal Investigations Division is the agency's central detective bureau for major crimes. Learn more about the three sections that investigate crimes such as sexual offenses as well units within those sections. The Major Crimes Section includes the Special Victims Unit that investigates sex crimes, and the Administrative Support Section tracks and monitors sexual predators or offenders.
Broward Sheriff's Office
2601 W. Broward Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
The Hoffman Firm | Lawyer for Sex Crimes in Broward County, Florida
If you were arrested or think you might be under investigation in Florida for any kind of a sexual offense, do not say anything to authorities without legal representation. It is in your best interest to contact The Hoffman Firm as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected.
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman is a former Assistant State Attorney for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office who represents clients in Dania Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Sunrise, and nearby areas in Broward County. He can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call (954) 524-4474 or complete an online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
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