West Palm Beach Sex With a Minor Attorneys

Sex with a Minor Attorneys in West Palm Beach

Sex with a minor, sometimes called Statutory Rape, can be charged as a crime under several areas of Florida law. These are serious charges always best handled by immediate consultation with an experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer.

Under Florida Statute 794.05 it is illegal for an adult to have sexual contact with a child under the age of 18. The law makes an exception for consensual contact by a person under the age of 24 with a 16 or 17 year old in many circumstances, unless the minor is disabled.

Common Charges

Defense of Child Sex Crimes

These charges require an experienced West Palm Beach defense lawyer to quickly build an aggressive defense of a client in both the court of public opinion and a court of law.

Possible defenses include:

  • False allegations: These allegations are common in child custody cases, juvenile offender cases, substance abuse cases and other types of criminal or civil cases where false allegations may be made to seek a legal advantage.
  • Romeo and Juliet Exemption: This exemption is available to some offenders where consensual sexual contact involved a minor ages 14-17, where the minor was no more than 4 years younger than the defendant. Such defendants may be successful in eliminating sex-offender designations and registry requirements.
  • Mitigating circumstances: In some cases charges may be mitigated when, a child is the aggressor or prevoker of an incident, where the defendant requires treatment for a mental disorder, or where a defendant is sentenced as a youthful offender.
  • Lack of intent: Lack of lewd intent may be a defense. Lewd and lascivious conduct must be definable as wicked, lustful, unchaste, licentious or sensual in intent on the part of the person doing an act.

Downward departure: Because of the mandatory minimum sentences in many of these cases, successfully arguing for a downward departure can significantly benefit a defendant. This may include a plea bargain, successfully arguing a defendant was a minor accomplice, deficient capacity to understand the criminal nature of the conduct, need for payment or restitution outweighs the need for prison time, defendant acted under extreme duress. cooperation of defendant, remorse of defendant, non-violent offender.

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There are many other scenarios that may provide a defendant with the opportunity for a significant downward departure. However, more than many other types of crimes, law enforcement and prosecutors do not want to be seen as easy on offenders accused of crimes against children. Failure to exercise your right to remain silent and seek immediate consultation with an experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer may eliminate many options for your defense.

In many cases, defendants unwittingly attempt to cooperate and give law enforcement information or cooperation for free that could otherwise be used to minimize the charges and potential penalties against them.

The experienced West Palm Beach defense lawyers at Salnick Law, P.A. represent clients facing criminal charges in Palm Beach County and throughout the area, including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Riviera Beach, Greenacres, Lantana and Palm Springs.

Call 561-471-1000 today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.

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