Criminal offenses of a sexual nature can result in steep penalties for alleged offenders that may include lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines. The criminal record that results from a conviction carries an enormous stigma that can create tremendous long-term hardships.
Additionally, people who have been convicted of sex crimes in Florida may also be required to register as sex offenders. Alleged offenders in these cases can experience all kinds of difficulty obtaining employment, housing, or professional licenses if convicted of these types of crimes.
Lawyer for Sex Crimes in Miami-Dade County, Florida
If you believe that you may be under investigation or you were already arrested for any kind of sexually-motivated offense in Florida, do not make any kind of statement to authorities without legal representation. The Hoffman Firm works tirelessly to get criminal charges reduced or dismissed for clients throughout Miami-Dade County.
Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Miami who also represents alleged offenders in Miami, North Miami, South Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Aventura, Key Biscayne, Hialeah, Opa Locka, and many other surrounding areas. He can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (305) 249-0090 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Overview of Sex Crimes in North Miami
- What kinds of crimes are considered sex offenses in Florida?
- Do people who are convicted of these crimes have to register as sex offenders?
- Where can I find more information about sexually-motivated crimes in Miami-Dade County?
The Florida Statutes contain several laws relating to sex-related offenses. The penalties for these crimes can vary depending on the age of the alleged victim, the alleged offender’s criminal record, and whether a deadly weapon was used in the commission of an alleged offense.
Some of the most commonly prosecuted sex crimes under state law include, but are not limited to:
- Child Pornography;
- Indecent Exposure;
- Lewd and Lascivious Battery;
- Lewd or Lascivious Molestation;
- Child Molestation;
- Date Rape;
- Solicitation of a Prostitute;
- Sexual Battery or Rape;
- Unlawful Sexual Activity with Minors;
- Statutory Rape; and
- Internet Solicitation.
The problems for any person convicted of a sex crime in Florida do not end when his or her prison sentence is over and fines have been paid. Alleged offenders convicted of certain sexual offenses can be required to register as sex offenders.
The amount of time that this registration is mandatory depends on the nature of the crime. Some offenders may be required to register for life, which involves constantly reporting and updating one’s address and having the information be available for the general public.
Designation as a sex offender can create significant difficulties when it comes to housing, as landlords are not only reluctant to rent property to convicted sex offenders. While State law prohibits certain offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school, child care facility, park, playground, or other place where children regularly congregate, Section 21-277 in the Miami-Dade County Code of Ordinances—otherwise known as the Lauren Book Child Safety Ordinance—makes it unlawful for any person who has been convicted of sexual battery, lewd and lascivious acts on/in presence of persons under age 16, sexual performance by a child, sexual acts transmitted over computer, selling or buying of minors for portrayal in sexually explicit conduct, or a similar law of another jurisdiction, in which the victim or apparent victim of the offense was less than 16 years of age to reside within 2,500 feet of any school.
Failure to register as a sex offender is a felony of the third degree in Florida. Judges handling such cases can often feel more inclined to impose prison sentences not only because of the failure to register but also because of the criminal record that led to the sex offender requirement.
Sexual Crimes Investigations Unit | Miami-Dade County — The Special Victims Bureau (SVB) is an investigative Bureau within the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) of the Miami-Dade Police Department, and the Sexual Crimes Investigations Unit of the SVB's Investigations Section investigates crimes classified as forcible sex offenses. On this website, you can also learn about the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Squad, Cold Case Squad, and Department of Children and Families (DCF) Squad. You can also find safety tips and information about the Miami-Dade Police Department's Special Victim's Bureau (SVB).
Miami-Dade Police Department
9105 Northwest 25th Street
Doral, FL 33172
(305) 476-5423 (4-POLICE)
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) | Registration Requirements for Sex Offenders / Predators — Visit this section of the FDLE website to learn more about the general requirements for registering as a sex offender. You can also learn more about reregistration requirements and reregistration days, times and locations by county. The FDLE has a regional office in Miami at the following location:
Miami Regional Operations Center
1030 Northwest 111th Avenue
Miami, FL 33172
The Hoffman Firm | Sex Crimes Lawyer in Miami, FL
Were you arrested or do you think that you might be currently under investigation in Florida for an alleged sexual offense? It will be in your best interest to contact The Hoffman Firm before saying anything to authorities.
Miami criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman is a former prosecutor who aggressively defends clients throughout Miami-Dade County, including such communities as Miami, Aventura, Hialeah, Coral Gables, North Miami, and more. Call (305) 249-0090 or submit an online contact form today to receive a free initial consultation that will let our lawyer review your case and explore your legal options.
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