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Various forms of improper touching of a person under the age of 16 years old for sexual stimulation can result in criminal charges in Florida. Regardless of whether the actions were consensual, these crimes can result in very serious consequences if the alleged offender is convicted.
The charges alone can have a devastating impact on the lives of innocent individuals who have been wrongly accused. In addition to the significant jail time and fines alleged offenders face, these charges can forever taint a person's life and leave them branded as a sex offender and destroying personal and professional lives.
It is enormously important to speak to an experienced attorney as soon as possible when you are facing charges of sexually abusing a child. Galigani Law Firm aggressively defends clients against alleged sex crimes in Gainesville as well as locations like Alachua, Lake City, and Ocala.
We provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation when you contact our firm at (352) 375-0812 or send us a message online. Our Florida criminal defense lawyers can begin investigating your case and developing a defense that will help you achieve the most favorable outcome possible.
Florida Statute § 800.04(5) defines "lewd or lascivious molestation" as being "a person who intentionally touches in a lewd or lascivious manner the breasts, genitals, genital area, or buttocks, or the clothing covering them, of a person less than 16 years of age, or forces or entices a person under 16 years of age to so touch the perpetrator, commits lewd or lascivious molestation." Penalties increase if an alleged victim is under the age of 12 years old.
All crimes involving alleged sexual abuse of children are considered felony offenses. The age of the victim and the age of the alleged offender ultimately determine the severity of the punishments that may result from a conviction:
While it is certainly overwhelming to be charged with sexually abusing a child, a knowledgeable Gainesville criminal defense attorney can determine whether evidence against you can be suppressed or dismissed if your arrest involved:
A very common defense in child molestation cases involves exposing false allegations. Examples include, but not limited to:
Florida Statutes § 800.04(2) and § 800.04(3) state the following defenses are prohibited against lewd or lascivious molestation charges:
If you have been accused of lewd or lascivious molestation of a child, you should not wait to seek legal representation and begin developing your defense to the charges you face. Galigani Law Firm diligently works to defend clients accused of sex crimes in Alachua County as well as Levy County, Marion County, Gilchrist County, and Columbia County.
We understand the tremendous burden these allegations places on every aspect of your life, and our Florida criminal defense attorneys will fight to restore your good name. Contact our firm today at (352) 375-0812 or send us a message online to schedule free, no obligation consultation that will let us review your case and determine the best course of action.
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