Okaloosa County Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
Few criminal charges carry a worse social stigma than one of criminal sexual conduct. An accusation alone can ruin your reputation and destroy your family. If you are found guilty of a sex crime, you will likely receive a lengthy mandatory prison sentence and be forced to register as a sex offender when you get released. Cases like these require an aggressive and skilled criminal defense team.
If you are the target of a sex crime investigation in Okaloosa County, or if you have already been charged, you may feel overwhelmed, depressed, and convinced that your situation is hopeless. Please believe me when I tell you that this is NOT true. Now is the time to regroup, reassess, and start taking steps to defend yourself.
Right now, the prosecutors and police are planning how they will convict you and sentence you to prison. If you are looking for a defense team to help you fight back against these allegations, you have come to the right place.
For over 16 years, Flaherty Defense Firm has been defending those charged with sexual offenses right here in Okaloosa County. In that time, we have learned that the only way to win these cases is to attack every aspect of the State’s case. We know that these cases can be won with a perfectly executed, comprehensive defense strategy, and we are ready to help you.
Sexual Assault Charges in Okaloosa County
All sexual assault allegations in Florida are felony offenses. Potential penalties range from 5 years in prison to a mandatory life sentence. There is a long list of potential sexual offenses that we defend in Okaloosa County, but the most common charges include the following:
Sexual Battery is outlined in Florida Statute 794.011 and includes what most people would consider “rape.” Sexual Battery is committed when someone penetrates the vagina, anus, or mouth of someone else without that person’s lawful consent. The penalty for Sexual Battery ranges from 15 years in prison to a life sentence.
Capital Sexual Battery is a sexual battery that is committed on a victim who is under the age of 12. This offense is punishable by a mandatory life sentence in prison if convicted.
There are several different Lewd or Lascivious crimes (L & L crimes) contained in Florida Statute 800.04. This charge includes allegations of touching, fondling, or molesting a child who is under the age of 16. This statute also covers allegations of “statutory rape,” which takes place when a suspect has “consensual” sexual intercourse with someone who is under 16. Because of the victim’s age, they are not legally allowed to consent to sex. The penalty for Lewd or Lascivious crimes ranges from 5 years in prison up to a life sentence.
How can an attorney help if I am charged with a sexual crime?
It’s unfortunate that society tends to consider someone “guilty until proven innocent” when they are charged with sexual misconduct. This prejudice is against your rights under the Constitution. As an Okaloosa County sex crime defense attorney, I will diligently protect all of your rights under the law in all cases involving accusations of criminal sexual conduct. I have a thorough knowledge of Florida law related to sex offenses, and I will leverage my trial experience and expertise in defending these cases to fight for the very best result possible in your case.