Awareness of Sex crimes are becoming more and more prevalent in our society, carrying with them a social stigma that can last a person’s lifetime. In this area, one is often “guilty until proven innocent,” so just the allegation of a sex crime can be devastating, resulting in the loss of trust by loved ones and associates, the loss of friends, and often the loss of a job is a result of unproven allegations alone. If you are found guilty of a sexual offense, prison is just the first phase of your ordeal. Once you have been released you will have to register as a sexual offender: registering your name, address, photo and charges will all be published and available for anyone to obtain from internet records. Your ability to acquire a job, obtain a professional license and housing will often be unavailable to you in light of a conviction. Most sexual offenses occur behind closed doors, so accusations of sexual misconduct in any form are difficult to overcome. Moreover, many sexual assaults or sex offenses are perpetrated against minors. In Florida sexual assault penalties are almost as severe as committing homicide or murder with lengthy jail sentences and stiff fines. If you have been accused of a sexual assault or have been threatened of being accused by someone, you need to seek the legal advice from an experienced sex crime defense attorney.
Michael Atter has extensive criminal defense experience is prepared to represent those accused of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: Sexual Assault, Sexual Battery, Statutory Rape, Child Molestation, Child Pornography, Rape, Lewd and Lascivious Behavior, Indecent Exposure, Prostitution, Solicitation of Prostitution and Lewd Behavior with a Minor. When the stakes are this high and your future is in jeopardy of being changed forever, you need an experienced sex crime attorney who can protect your legal rights.
Defending False Accusations If you have been accused of sex crimes, such as sexual assault, child molestation or statutory rape, you need to understand the legal ramifications and seriousness of the criminal charges levied against you. Your first line of defense is taking these accusations seriously because, once someone reports that a sexual crime has been committed, the State has a duty to investigate. You will need to secure a criminal defense lawyer who is experienced in handling sexual offenses. During the time the state reviews the accusations you will be asked to answer questions about the allegations. Having an attorney present will help protect your rights. Many people, knowing the allegations are false don’t take the charges seriously and don’t secure legal representation. False accusations of sexual misconduct are usually fostered by a domestic partner or a jealous spouse wanting to cause you problems for reasons all their own. But prosecutors don’t know who is telling the truth and who isn’t, and these crimes are taken very seriously. The costs to the accused can be very high, both monetarily and emotionally. Michael Atter is an experienced criminal law attorney who can protect your rights, help to uncover the truth and negate false charges levied at their clients.Florida Statutory Penalties and FinesSexual Assault18+ years of age against a person 12+ without force or violence: 15 YEARS IN PRISON AND UP TO $10,000 FINE
18+ years of age against a person 12+ with threat or deadly weapon LIFE IN PRISON
18+ years of age against a person -12 injures the sexual organs CAPITAL FELONY- PUNISHABLE BY DEATH OR LIFE IN PRISON W/O PAROLE
18 years of age against a person 12 LIFE FELONY OF 30 YEARS IN PRISON TO LIFEChild Molestation18+ years of age depending on the age of the child UP TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON AND UP TO $10,000 FINEChild PornographyPossession of Materials UP TO 5 YEARS IN PRISION PER EACH MATERIAL OFFENSE
Distribution and/or Production of Material UP TO 15 YEARS IN PRISONStatutory RapeDepends on the age of the child 12+ UP TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON AND UP TO $10,000 FINELewd and Indecent ExposureDepends on the age of the victim(s) UP TO 5 YEARS IN PRISONProstitution or Solicitation of ProstitutionFirst Offense- Misdemeanor of the 2nd degree UP TO 60 DAYS IN PRISON
Second Offense- Misdemeanor of the 1st degree UP TO 1 YEAR IN PRISON
Third Offense- Felony of the 3rd degree UP TO 5 YEARS IN PRISON
Why Hire Wood, Atter & Wolf?When everything you have is at stake, your family, friends, employment, your immediate freedom and future, making the right decision on legal representation is paramount to a successful defense. Michael Atter will take the time to focus on your criminal case, exploring the evidence and develop solutions to defend your rights and protect your interests. Sexual offenses are very serious charges and the result of a conviction is not only life altering but life damaging. Call Wood, Atter & Wolf at 904-355-8888 to set up your consultation today.
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