Miami Sex Crimes
Crimes involving child pornography are the most serious Miami sex crimes because of the exploitation of children. Child pornography charges include the possession, sale, production or distribution of pornography involving children. Child pornography charges can result in heavy prison sentences and fines, as well as mandatory sex offender registration.
Sexual battery is the term used in Florida to describe what is commonly called rape. Defined as nonconsensual sexual intercourse, sexual battery can involve anal, oral or vaginal penetration. Sexual battery is charged as a felony and carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence up to life in prison, as well as registration as a sex offender. Penalties depend upon several factors, including the age of the victim and the circumstances of the act.
Prostitution & Solicitation
Prostitution is the offering of sex for money; solicitation is offering money for sex. Initially a misdemeanor, repeat offenders are usually charged with a felony. More serious charges of human trafficking, sex trafficking and child prostitution are often charged as Federal crimes.
The age of consent in Florida is 18, which means that anyone having sex with a person under the age of 18 can be charged with statutory rape, even if the act was consensual. The penalties of statutory rape range from prison time and fines to sex offender registration. Florida is one of a handful of states that has adopted the Romeo & Juliet law, which states that if one of the parties involved in consensual sex is less than four years older than the minor in the case, the defendant will not have to register as a sex offender, but may still face jail time and fines.
Indecent exposure is a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. Indecent exposure is defined as the exposure of one’s genitals or breasts in a public place for the purpose of sexually arousing oneself or another person. If the victim is a minor under the age of 16, charges are much more serious and carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison. Breastfeeding under all circumstances is exempt from indecent exposure charges.
If you are contacted by authorities about any of these sex crimes Miami attorneys should be consulted before you answer any questions or make any kind of statement, as anything you say can be used to build a case against you.