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Fort Walton Beach Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor Attorney

If you have been accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor, there are several possible charges you could be facing depending on the age of the alleged victim. Either way, all charges involving sex with a minor are felony offenses with prison sentences ranging from 5 years to life, along with the requirement that the defendant register as a sexual offender.

If the alleged victim was under the age of 16, you will be charged with a Lewd or Lascivious crime, such as Lewd or Lascivious Battery or Lewd or Lascivious Molestation. However, if the accuser was 16 or older, but younger than 18, it is still illegal to engage in sexual contact with that person, regardless of whether they consented to the activity. In that scenario, the charge will most likely be Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor. The purpose of this charge is to cover the gap in the law regarding the age of consent.

Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor Under Florida law

Florida Statute 794.05 defines Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor as:

“A person who is 24 years of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony of the second degree. As used in this section, sexual activity means oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another.”

This charge is basically saying that if you are 24 years of age or older, it is illegal to have sex with a 16 or 17 year old.

With this charge being a second degree felony, the possible penalty is 15 years incarceration, a felony conviction on your record, and placement on the sexual offender registry for the rest of your life.

Defending Unlawful Sexual Activity charges in Fort Walton Beach

The prosecutors and cops in Fort Walton Beach will be aggressive in trying to convict you of this charge. And if you are convicted, you will most likely go to prison. In order to increase their odds of a conviction, usually the police will try to get you to talk in hopes of tricking you into incriminating yourself. The #1 piece of advice I can give you is do NOT talk to the police. Tell them that you are invoking your right to have an attorney present during questioning and that you will not waive that right. The police will lie to you and tell you that you aren’t a suspect. They will tell you that they have her “side of the story” and now they just want your side. Do not be fooled. They already believe the accuser and they already think you are guilty.

Aside from that, it is important that you have an attorney who has defended Unlawful Sexual Activity cases in Fort Walton Beach before. Preferably, you want someone who has gone to trial in these cases and won. An attorney with that level of experience will know exactly how to position your case for the result you need, which is a dismissal or a not guilty verdict at trial.

Here at Flaherty Defense Firm, we have extensive experience defending sex-related cases in Fort Walton Beach. We have gone against the prosecutors at the Children’s Advocacy Center and have beaten them in trial more than once. We know how they operate and we know how to counter their moves and strategies.

Call a Fort Walton Beach Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor Lawyer Today

It is completely understandable if you are scared and unsure of what to do next. The worst thing you could do right now is to bury your head in the sand and hope it “just goes away.” It won’t. They will not stop until you are standing in front of the judge being sentenced to a lengthy prison term. If the thought of spending the next 10-15 years in prison makes you sick to your stomach, then do something about it NOW. Call me and get some answers and start fighting back. You’ll know right away whether we are the right team to defend you.

Flaherty Defense Firm can help if you have been charged with Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor in Fort Walton Beach. Call us at Flaherty Defense Firm for a free and confidential consultation.

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