When charges of a sex crime are levied against a person, this charge carries with it a unique situation of circumstances that are challenging to both the legal team and the client. These charges commonly involve an emotional angle that will be exploited by the prosecutors in their quest to convict an individual, often regardless of the facts of the case and the law.
If accused, the Clearwater sex crimes lawyers of the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.L.C. are here to help people clear their good name and keep their reputations intact. If you have been accused of a federal or state crime, call a federal attorney in Clearwater to discuss your case and build a defense.
Classifications of Sex Crimes
The Federal government provides for many classifications of sexual offenses that are similar to those defined as crimes by the state of Florida. These offenses include, but are not limited to:
- Rape (Sexual Battery)
- Internet Solicitation of a Minor
- Child Molestation
- Child Pornography
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Assault
- Solicitation of Prostitution
- Lewd and Lascivious Offenses
Sex Crimes Laws
The federal obscenity rules fall under Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 71, Sections 1460 through 1470 of the United States Code. Most of these statutes relate to the sale and transportation, by various means, of obscene material. This Chapter of the US Code covers all forms of obscene materials whether they are printed, broadcasted, or recorded on tape.
Federal sexual abuse laws fall under Title 18, Part One, Chapter 109A, Sections 2241 – 2248. It includes definitions for all forms of sexual abuse, whether it is of an adult or a child. There are specific sections relating to various forms of sexual abuse such as aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse, sexual abuse of a minor or ward, abusive sexual conduct, and sexual abuse resulting in death.
The rules against exploitation of children fall under Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 110, Sections 2251 – 2260. The majority of these statutes relate to the use of children in pornographic materials and their sale or distribution. This section of the United States Code also includes the penalties for failing to report child abuse to the appropriate authority.
The United States Code includes sections pertaining to the transportation of individuals for illegal sexual activity. This area of federal law is covered by Title 18, Part I, Chapter 117, Sections 2421 – 2428. It includes rules concerning the transportation of any individual for illegal sexual activities. It provides specific information concerning the transportation of a minor or using coercion to transport people.
Consequences of a Sex Crimes Conviction
These federal offenses all carry with them serious penalties. If you are convicted of a sex crime, there are sexual offender registries that must contain your name and many of the statutes involve making a person register as part of the federal sexual offender service which then notifies neighbors of an individual’s presence. These services notify people living around you that there is a sexual offender living n their midst.
Because of the potential effects that a conviction for any of these crimes can have on an individual’s future, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Clearwater federal sex crimes lawyer.