Being accused of a sex crime, including those involving rape, sexual battery or child pornography, can be one of the most disastrous events in a person’s life. Whether the allegations are accurate or not, defending against these claims can be vital.
Too many people make the mistake of assuming that the justice system is black and white. They think that a person is either innocent or guilty, and that only the people who are guilty will face punishment. But most cases fall somewhere in the middle, and navigating these gray areas can be enormously challenging for people without legal representation.
For example, a person may have committed an offense without realizing it was an offense. Someone may have done something illegal but only because a law enforcement officer enticed him or her to do so. An accuser may have made claims that are untrue, but proving that can seem all but impossible.
In any of these situations, there are a number of potential outcomes that a person could be facing if convicted. It does not just come down to guilty or not guilty based on indisputable facts. Charges can be reduced, dismissed and challenged in ways that can dramatically affect what penalties, if any, may be ordered.
The attorneys at Lindsey & Ferry understand that there are a number of ways to defend against sex crime charges. These approaches depend heavily on the details of an individual case, but in general, they can include scrutinizing evidence collection procedures, challenging fabricated witness statements or negotiating plea agreements to minimize or reduce penalties.
Without extensive legal knowledge and experience with the justice system, a person can struggle enormously to craft an effective defense. If you are in danger of facing criminal charges or could be convicted of a sex crime in Florida, reaching out for help from an attorney at our firm can be an important first step in protecting your rights and your future. For more information on our background and how to contact us, please visit our website.