Treasure Coast Sex Crimes
Although the criminal justice system strives for equality under the law, being accused of a sex crime can forge feelings of "presumed guilty before being proven innocent." Many times, it is the testimony of the victim alone that can convict or acquit. If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime in the Treasure Coast, sex crime attorneys can help your case by providing expert investigative skills and aggressive protection of your rights with sensitivity to your particular circumstance.
Repercussions of Sex Crime Conviction
Those convicted of a forcible sex crime in Treasure Coast are faced with a number of very serious and potentially life-altering penalties depending on the charge
Sexual battery/rape – minimum of nine years in prison up to a life sentence
Unlawful sexual activity with a minor/statutory rape – minimum of nine years in prison up to a life sentence
Lewd offenses – Up to 15 years in prison, depending on the specific charge(s)
The penalties don't stop with prison time. The State of Florida launched the first online list of sexual predators and offenders following the Public Safety Information act of 1997. If you or a loved one have been arrested or is under investigation for a sex crime, a conviction means that your name, picture and whereabouts will be available for view by anyone with an Internet connection. This information will remain on the list for a minimum of 25 years if the offender has not been arrested for any crime since first registering.
Convicted sex offenders might also face many challenges in life after prison that other ex-convicts do not necessarily have to tolerate. For example, Florida Law requires sex offenders to register their vehicle(s) with local authorities as well as keep those same authorities abreast of their educational and employment activities
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St. Lucie County
If you or a loved one is charged with a sex offense in the Treasure Coast area, including Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Stuart or Vero Beach, it’s critical to obtain the services of a competent criminal defense lawyer. A dedicated attorney experienced in defending those accused of sexual misconduct or other charges will work with you to ensure that available evidence is carefully scrutinized, testimony is recorded, and that your rights are protected.
Ohle & Ohle, P.A. are criminal defense attorneys and represent Treasure Coast sex crime arrest clients in Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Vero Beach and surrounding areas.