Being accused of a sex offense can ruin your life and reputation. The penalties for a sexual battery conviction in Florida can be severe. Depending on the nature of your case, you could serve anywhere from 15 years to life in prison. Worse still, you may face the death penalty if convicted of sexually assaulting a minor.
A conviction can also result in the following consequences:
Sex offender registration
Florida law requires that all sex offense convicts register with the state’s Sex Offender or Predator Registry. If you feature in this registry, your name and work addresses, and photograph will be available to the public.
Difficulty finding work
If you are a registered sex offender, you may not be eligible for certain jobs under Florida law. For instance, ones working with children. Additionally, a sex offense conviction may result in you losing your professional license making it impossible for you to find work.
Difficulty winning a custody case
If you are divorced or are going through the divorce process, the family court may deny you custody of your child if you are a sex offender. Your visitation rights too may be restricted to supervised visitation.
Difficulty finding housing
A conviction for a sex offense can make your life extremely difficult when renting an apartment. Besides the criminal record that may deter potential landlords from renting their property to you, a conviction may also restrict where you can live. For instance, you may not be able to live near a school, daycare or a park.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, it is imperative that you take the accusation seriously and explore your defense options as soon as you possibly can.