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Destin Sex Crimes Lawyer

There is no way to sugar coat it. It is hard to think of a crime with more of a negative social stigma than a sexually related offense. When it comes to sex crimes, most people tend to think you are guilty until proven innocent instead of the other way around. Just being accused of such a terrible crime is enough to ruin your reputation, your career, and your family. And that is only the beginning. If you are convicted of a sex crime in Destin or anywhere in Florida, you will likely go to prison for a very long time and be forced to register as a sexual offender for the rest of your life.

Cases like these demand the right response. They require a skilled and experienced Destin sex crimes lawyer to meet the accusations against you head on.

Defending you against a sex crime accusation in Destin

My name is Tim Flaherty. I am the founder of Flaherty Defense Firm. Since 2001, I have been successfully defending clients who have been accused of sex crimes. We have an extensive track record of success in these cases, including winning them at trial, getting sexually related charges dismissed, negotiating reduced charges, and avoiding charges altogether in some circumstances. My team and I know what it takes to fight sexual allegations, and we are ready to protect you when you need it most.

If you think you might be under investigation for a Destin sex crime, or if the police have asked you to talk to them about a sex crime allegation, it is very important that you follow my advice and Do Not Talk To The Police! More than any other type of case, your words will be used against you. Whether you are innocent of the crime or not, the police know how to trick people into incriminating themselves.

The #1 reason people go to prison for sex crimes is because they talked to the cops without having an attorney present. Don’t make that mistake. Politely and respectfully tell them that you will not answer any questions without your attorney present. Then pick up the phone and call me 24/7 at (850) 243-6097. I will call the officer directly and inform him or her that you are represented by counsel and you will not be speaking to them outside of my presence.

Sex Offenses In Destin

This list is not all-inclusive, but these are the most common sexual offenses that we defend in Destin:

  • Sexual Battery (Rape)
  • Child Molestation (Lewd or Lascivious Molestation)
  • Statutory Rape (Lewd or Lascivious Battery)
  • Lewd or Lascivious Conduct

Destin Sex Crime Penalties

All sex crime allegations in Florida are felony offenses. Under the Florida Punishment Code Scoresheet, all of them will require a mandatory prison sentence if you are convicted. There are also several enhancements on the scoresheet related to sexual contact and sexual penetration that dramatically increase the sentencing exposure.

The vast majority of sexually related offenses in Destin are either second degree or first degree felonies. This means that the penalty can be anywhere between 15 years and life in prison if you are convicted.

Doing whatever it takes to defend sex crimes in Destin

When faced with such a terrifying ordeal, it would be easy to decide that there is no hope. That there is no way to get around the fact that your life is over and you are going to prison.

Do NOT make this mistake. Just because you have been accused does not mean it is a sure thing that you will get convicted. What it does mean, however, is that you must make a decision right now, before it is too late, that you are going to fight back and do everything you can to save yourself.

As you think about that, ask yourself if you would rather face this accusation with a state-funded public defender with hundreds of cases, or whether it is worth it to hire the very best criminal defense attorney you can afford. How much is your freedom worth? How much is getting to see your kids grow up worth? If you are still a young person with your whole life in front of you, how much is your future worth?

At Flaherty Defense Firm, we believe that everyone is entitled to an aggressive and zealous defense. That everyone has rights that deserve to be protected, and that every client, regardless of what they are accused of, is worth fighting for. We will NOT judge you. We will defend you.

If you aren’t sure what to do, pick up the phone and call me. It’s a free consultation with no obligation and no pressure. We can talk about your situation, and I will tell you exactly what I can do for you.

If you have been accused of a sex crime in Destin, call (850) 243-6097.

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