Criminal Sex Offender Attorney Florida
Have You Been Accused of Being a Criminal Sex Offender?
Sex crime charges not only affect your career but they negatively impact your family, reputation, and relationships as well. Even if false arrests or mistaken allegations are made, your life may be changed for the worse unless you have a criminal defense lawyer on your side. Penalties are harsh and can include long prison sentences as well as required registration as a sex offender, a designation that can remain for 25 years of life. Across Florida, individuals accused of sex crimes like rape, lewd and lascivious conduct and child pornography turn to the Law Offices of Brian E. Gonzalez to help protect their rights and fight against false accusations.
Brian E. Gonzalez and his team of legal professionals build an aggressive defense, keeping you informed of your options throughout the tumultuous road ahead. We seek out successes at every turn, as even the smallest victory can mean greater comfort for you or possibly dismissal of the case all together.
Rely on a Pioneer in Scientific Sex Crimes Defense
With over 32 years of experience in the courtroom, Brian E. Gonzalez litigated the first case in which DNA evidence was scientifically challenged in a Florida court. He has the capability to break down the argument of the prosecution and analyze both evidence and key witness testimony to ensure the truth comes out. If you are innocent, we will do whatever it takes to prove just that.
Types of Sex Crimes and Penalties
We consider every option in preventing your conviction as a criminal sex offender but in some cases, the truth of the matter may also leave a guilty plea as the best option. Nonetheless, our firm is dedicated to fighting harsh punishment and avoiding long term jail sentences at all costs. If nothing else, we can earn leniency in sentences for any of the following:
- Rape or sexual battery – sexual battery is defined as, oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organs of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object, without the other party’s consent or capacity to provide a consent; however, sexual battery does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose.
- Committed on a victim under the age of 12 by and adult (over 18): Capital felony (death penalty or life in prison without parole)
- Committed on a victim under the age of 12 by someone under 18: Life felony (30 yrs to life in prison)
- Committed on a victim over the age of 12: 2nd degree felony (up to 15 years in prison)
- Committed on a victim over the age of 12, including threats, coercive acts, or victim’s physical incapacity: 1st degree felony (up to 30 years to life in prison)
- Federal or state prosecuted case of collection or distribution of child pornography: According to Federal law and the Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Act, a five-year mandatory minimum sentence is in place for compiling, transmitting, using, distributing, selling, printing, or publishing child pornography, with greater sentences in place for individuals involved in production.
- Failure of a Sex Offender to Report: In Florida, registered sex offenders are required to report to law enforcement after release from incarceration, upon moving residency, and between 2 and 4 times throughout the year. Failure to do so can result in additional criminal charges.
- Rape or sexual battery conduct with a minor – including cases where your accuser is motivated by anger or considerations in a pending divorce: Any illegal or inappropriate sexual contact or behavior, such as touching of genitals, breasts or buttocks is considered a lewd and lascivious act. If the accused individual is over 18 and the victim is under 12, it is considered a life felony with a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Sex Crime Defense
The law states that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. The first line of a good legal defense starts with you and your right to remain silent. Before speaking with any inquiring law enforcement, be sure to speak with a criminal defense lawyer to avoid incrimination and to start building your defense. Exercise your right to remain silent. There are many ways to defend a client, but Brian E. Gonzalez focuses only on the best route to success for each charge and circumstance.
The appropriate defense for your case depends on what sex crimes you are charged with. However, it is important to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty and that the prosecutor has the burden of proving your guilt.
To defend against a possession of child pornography charge, for example, a Tampa sex crime attorney can retain a forensic computer expert to testify that the child pornography on your computer was placed there as part of a virus or malware attack and you were not aware of the pornography on your computer, especially if others have access to your computer. You can also dispute accusations made against you with the help of medical experts.
Additionally, a thorough investigation can expose inconsistent statements of victims, any bias or motivation for the allegations, whether there have been prior false allegations or whether there are questions about the truthfulness of the victim due to someone prompting the victim to lie.
Calling on Experts Nationwide to Build Your Case
To build the best defense, Brian E. Gonzalez assembles a team of multidisciplinary experts to help you fight against sex crime allegations. The Law Offices of Brian E. Gonzalez has earned respect and recognition from a variety of credible specialists, putting the most reliable and effective individuals at your disposal, whether forensic pathologists, sex therapists, nurse practitioners, or special investigators.
Being labeled as a criminal sex offender not only damages your own life but it can greatly impact the lives of the people you love. Don’t give in and don’t lose hope. Contact the Law Offices of Brian E. Gonzalez today at 813-224-0632 and win back the hope and trust you deserve.