Being charged with a sex crime is a very serious matter. You are facing not only stiff fines and prison terms, depending on the crime, but the heavy social stigma associated with sex crimes. Perhaps the most demoralizing aspect of a sex crime conviction is the requirement to register as a sex offender. It affects where you live, who you can work for, what you can do, and where you can go.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, one of the biggest risks you can take is to not have an experienced Fort Myers criminal defense lawyer as your advocate from the earliest possible moment. At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law, we have been defending clients against sex crime charges for many years. We have a former prosecutor and a Board Certified criminal trial lawyer on our legal team. We understand that your future is in our hands, and we will fight tirelessly to protect your rights.
If you are convicted of a qualifying sex crime, you will have to report to your local sheriff's office at regular intervals – every 6 months, or more often, depending on the crime – to register as a sex offender. You will have to provide a photograph and personal information that will become part of the public record. That information includes your:
- Date of birth
- Driver's license number
- Social security number
- Personal address
- Work address
- Telephone numbers
- Email addresses
- Crime information
This is a penalty you will want to avoid. Sex crime laws are so intricate that it is possible to commit a sex crime without even knowing it. There could have been false accusations or a misunderstanding. Although sex crime laws are very tough in this state, they are also somewhat open to interpretation, and the underlying evidence is often suspect.
The case is sometimes based on the statements of those involved. We work hard to cast doubt as early as possible in the hopes of having the case dismissed, or replaced with other less damaging charges. Contact us for strong, aggressive legal representation.