Fort Walton Beach Sex Crimes Attorney
There are not many crimes with more of a negative social stigma than a sexually related offense. Most people in the community will think you are guilty before you’ve even had your day in court. Your career, reputation, and family’s happiness can be destroyed by the accusation alone. And that is only the beginning. If you are convicted of a sex crime in Fort Walton Beach, you will almost certainly go to prison for many years and be permanently designated as a sexual offender.
My name is Tim Flaherty. Since 2001, I have been defending clients who have been charged with a sex crime in Fort Walton Beach. I have the expertise, trial experience, and reputation to give you the best possible chance of successfully resolving your case.
What should I say if the police want to talk to me about a sex crime accusation in Fort Walton Beach?
If the police want to talk to you about a sex crime allegation in Fort Walton Beach, my advice is to tell them that you will NOT talk to them without your attorney present. The police officers who are investigating you for a sex crime have already talked to the alleged victim and they already believe her. That means they already believe you are guilty.
The biggest mistake you could make would be talking to the police without having an attorney present. Tell the police you aren’t saying a word without your attorney present. Then, pick up the phone and call me 24/7 at (850) 243-6097. I will call the officer and tell him that I am your attorney and my client is not available to make any statements. That should get them to leave you alone.
I will tell the officer directly that you are represented by counsel and you will not be speaking to them outside of my presence.
Fort Walton Beach Sex Crime Practice Areas
The following is a list of the sexually related charges I defend in Fort Walton Beach:
- Sexual Battery, Sexual Assault, Rape
- Child Molestation/Lewd or Lascivious Molestation
- Statutory Rape/Lewd or Lascivious Battery, statutory rape
- Soliciting a Child for Sexual Activity Using a Computer
- Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sexual Activity
- Unlawful Sexual Activity with Certain Minors
- Sexual Battery with Great Force or Deadly Weapon
- Sexual Battery with Multiple Perpetrators
- Sexual Battery with Victim Helpless to Resist
- Sexual Battery with Victim Under the Age of 12
- Sexual Battery by a Person in Familial or Custodial Authority
- Exposure of Sexual Organs, Indecent Exposure
- Video Voyeurism
What are the penalties for sex crimes in Fort Walton Beach?
All sex crime allegations in Florida are felony offenses punishable by many years in prison if you are convicted. There are also sentencing enhancements that apply, depending on the facts in your case, that dramatically increase the sentencing exposure.
In order to calculate someone’s possible prison sentence, Florida uses the Florida Criminal Punishment Code Scoresheet. This scoresheet is used to assign a point value to every possible criminal charge. Those points, along with points for sentencing enhancements, or prior record, are fed into an equation. That equation results in a number that is the minimum number of months you must serve in prison if convicted.
The equation is: number of points minus 28, and then multiplied by 0.75.
There is an entire page of this website dedicated to explaining this. If you would like more information, click.
Here are a couple of examples:
Sexual Battery with no force
Sexual Battery is a Level 8 offense that scores 74 points and has a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. There are also additional points added for sexual contact (40 points) or sexual penetration (80 points). Determining whether there is a minimum prison sentence is calculated as follows:
Sexual Contact points added
74 points + 40 contact points = 114 points. 114 – 28 = 86. 86 x 0.75 = 64.5 months in prison
Sexual penetration points added
74 points + 80 penetration points = 154. 154 – 28 = 126. 126 x 0.75 = 94.5 months in prison
Lewd or Lascivious Molestation
L & L Molestation is a Level 7 offense which scores 56 points. An additional 40 points can be added for sexual contact.
56 points + 40 contact points = 96. 96 – 28 = 68. 68 x 0.75 = 51 months in prison.
Defending you against a Sex Crime Accusation in Fort Walton Beach
Even though you’re scared and stressed out, remember that you are still entitled to your day in court. Nothing is over yet. Don’t give up hope and just assume you’re going to prison.
Start taking steps now, before it is too late, to protect yourself. One thing you should consider doing as soon as possible is to hire the best criminal defense lawyer you can find. Your decisions on this issue could make all the difference in whether you go to prison, or whether you go free.
I believe I am the right attorney to defend a sex crime accusation in Fort Walton Beach, but I don’t expect you to just take my word for it. Take a look at my testimonials and my client reviews on Google. You will see that I know what I am doing. You will also see that my team and I know how to treat people with compassion as they go through the trauma of this ordeal.
If you want to see for yourself whether I am the right attorney to defend you, give me a call. I offer a free consultation to talk about your case, get your questions answered, and get some peace of mind.
If you have been accused of a sex crime in Fort Walton Beach, call (850) 243-6097.