Sex Crimes

South Florida Sex Crimes Lawyer & Attorney – West Palm Beach Sex Crimes Lawyer & Attorney

Sex crimes are different from every other type of criminal charge. Being accused of a sex crime represents a very serious situation because of the lengthy prison and probation sanctions which may result as a matter of law, as well as the stigma associated with being labeled a registered sexual offender or sexual predator. Public reaction to those charged with sex crimes creates a complicated legal situation because often the case is driven by emotions, rather than facts. Bias against the accused is common in these cases. Nellie King has the background, experience, and professionalism necessary to dispel the hysteria surrounding this process and litigate the issues important to your future.

Nellie King provides aggressive defense for clients accused of a wide variety of sex crimes in both state and federal courts. If you are charged with lewd and lascivious conduct, molestation, unlawful sex with a minor, sexual abuse, failure to register as a sex offender, civil commitment under the Jimmy Ryce Act, child abuse, luring a child, rape, statutory rape, spousal rape, date rape, indecent exposure, voyeurism, possession of child pornography, online solicitation, human trafficking, or internet sex crimes, contact Nellie L. King, P.A. at 561-833-1084 or fill out a form on the side of this page.

Nellie King counsels clients about the intricacies of sex crimes defense because sentencing exposure in these cases is high. Not only are most sex crimes felony offenses that come with lengthy prison sentences, but the stigma of being labeled a sexual offender or predator is arguably worse than the threat of prolonged incarceration. Restrictions on your choice of housing, employment, and travel can seriously impact your daily life. You will be constantly monitored by law enforcement if you are convicted of a serious sex crime. Your photo, address, and details of your offense conduct will be posted on the Internet by various offender databases and websites if you are convicted and forced to register as a sex offender or predator. You could be harassed and ostracized by neighbors when it is learned that you have been convicted of a serious sex crime. Further, if you are sentenced to prison for a sex-related offense, before being released you could face civil commitment under Florida Statutes Section 394.912, commonly referred to as the Jimmy Ryce Act. The Ryce Act is a statutory scheme whereby you can be committed indefinitely, post-incarceration, to a state institution while forced to undergo Psychosexual therapy. This consequence alone makes a sex allegation very serious in the state of Florida. Your best defense against any sex crime accusation is to obtain legal representation immediately. The longterm consequences of a sex crimes conviction are severe – more severe than even some murder allegations – and early involvement by Nellie King is recommended in order to ensure that all of your rights are protected. If you have not yet been arrested and are under investigation, contact the firm before contacting the police so that you can receive the benefit of early, experienced representation.

Accused or Arrested for a Sex Crime?

Nellie L. King is an aggressive South Florida criminal defense attorney with years of experience in sex crimes defense. There are several different forms of sex crimes, from child Internet pornography to prostitution, from rape to criminal sexual contact. If you are facing arrest or prosecution for a sex offense, your focus should be on obtaining the legal assistance required to handle the upcoming days, weeks and months. Nellie King will thoroughly analyze your case, evaluate the evidence advanced by the state against you, and work aggressively to map out the best defense for your particular situation. Contact The Law Offices of Nellie L. King, P.A. at 561-833-1084, or fill out a form on the side of this page, if you are facing criminal charges involving a sex offense in state or federal court.

Sex Crime Allegations

There are several crimes that fall under the category of sexual offenses. Nellie L. King can represent you if you are faced with an arrest or accusation for:

  • Capital Sexual Battery
  • Sexual Battery
  • Lewd and Lascivious Conduct
  • Molestation
  • Unlawful Sex with a Minor
  • Child Abuse
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
  • Civil Commitment under the Jimmy Ryce Act
  • Luring a Child
  • Rape – Statutory Rape, Spousal Rape, Date Rape
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Voyeurism
  • Possession or Distribution of Child Pornography
  • Online Solicitation or other Internet Sex Crimes
  • Human Trafficking
  • Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Violation of Probation Involving a Sex Offense

False Allegations of Sexual Abuse

Sex crime accusations sometimes occur in the context of an ongoing divorce, out of anger or spite, or when there are other issues occurring within a family setting. There have been numerous reported cases of false allegations of sexual abuse, particularly when poor law enforcement interview techniques are employed which taint the interview process. Nellie King has handled cases involving false reports and she understands the stress associated with these cases when someone is falsely accused of a sex offense.  Bond is often denied in these cases, or set so high that the accused remains in jail pending trial, a situation which exacerbates the stress of this type of an arrest. South Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer Nellie King is an experienced voice for those accused of sex crimes.

If you have been arrested, or you are under investigation for a sex related offense, you may believe that speaking with the police will aid in your effort to clear your name. You may also believe you are obligated to talk to law enforcement. However, the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees your right to remain silent and you have absolutely no obligation to speak to the police. Further, talking about the allegations, with anyone other than your lawyer, can have longterm, negative consequences. Namely, law enforcement commonly will set up controlled phone calls in these cases  in order to entice you into making potentially incriminating statements. Instead of talking about the allegations with law enforcement, either directly or indirectly through a recorded phone call with someone else,  contact The Law Offices of Nellie L. King, P.A. at 561-833-1084, or fill out the form on the side of this page. Remember, you have the right to speak to an attorney – you should exercise this right before speaking to the police, even if the allegations are completely false.

Removal of the Requirement to Register as a Sexual Offender in Special Circumstances – The Romeo and Juliet Exception

Florida’s “Romeo and Juliet” law was created during the 2007 Legislative Session to address concerns about high school age youth being labeled as sexual offenders or sexual predators as a result of participating in a consensual sexual relationship. The stigma and consequences that come with that classification have lifelong consequences that affect things such as an offender’s future employment opportunities, an offender’s ability to attend his or her own child’s school functions, and where an offender can live. The registry provides no clear distinction between the young “Romeo and Juliet” sex offenders who had consensual sex and the offenders who harm children and pose a real risk to society.

Florida Statutes Section 943.04354 creates a mechanism for this group of offenders to file a motion or petition in state court for removal of the registration requirement if they meet certain criteria. Attorney Nellie King handles these requests for clients to be removed from the sexual offender registry.  Contact The Law Offices of Nellie L. King, P.A. at 561-833-1084, or fill out a form on the side of this page, if you believe you are eligible under the Romeo and Juliet exception to the registry requirements.