Defense Against Child Molestation Charges
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Child molestation charges, like most sex crime charges, are very serious, and the repercussions can leave one with a blemished reputation for many years after. Even if the accused person is ultimately relieved of their charges after trial deliberations and what not, the stigma that surrounds the case will always surround the individual for the rest of their life.
How does the law define child molestation?
Under Florida’s statutes regarding child molestation, this is defined by the intentionally touching of the genitals, breasts, buttocks, or clothing that covers an individual who is under the age of 16 is considered committing the act of “lewd or lascivious molestation.” Depending on the child’s age and the age of the accused, the consequences could constitute either a second degree or third degree felony, and possibly even a life felony.
Here is the breakdown:
- Third degree felony: molestation of a child who is between 12-16 by an individual under 18
- Second degree felony: molestation of a child under 12 by an individual under 18; or, molestation of a child between 12-16 years old by an individual over the age of 18
- Life felony: molestation of a child under 12 by an individual over the age of 18
This offense may be punishable anywhere between five years in prison all the way up to a life sentence, along with registration for life as a sex offender.
As you can see, these penalties are quite severe; for those who were wrongly accused and must defend themselves, it is all the more imperative to retain legal counsel who can wholeheartedly fight to protect you. Remember that in these situations, the stakes are high, so do not leave your case in the hands of a mediocre or weak team---trust only Hager & Schwartz, P.A.!
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