In 2009, a forcible sex offense occurred every 52 minutes in Florida. If you or a loved one has been arrested for a sex crime in Broward County, including the cities of Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, it’s critical to contact a Broward lawyer who specializes in sex crimes right away.
In some cases, the mere accusation of a sex crime is enough for an arrest. If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime, you may not know where to begin in your efforts to deal with the charges that confront you. Broward sex crime attorneys understand the impact that a conviction has on the life of the accused and the lives of his or her loved ones and can help build a solid defense.
In our society, there is a stigma attached to those who have been convicted of a crime. Often there are consequences that go beyond jail time, probation and/or a fine. However, if the crime is of a sexual nature, the consequences including the stigma that a sex crime brings with it can be impossible to bear. In addition to the social stigma, a conviction of a sex crime brings varying penalties, some of them quite severe. Many require some prison time; violent sex crimes, including forcible rape, can bring much harsher penalties, depending on the circumstances. In addition, those convicted of a sex crime in Florida are required to register with the State’s sex offender registry, providing personal information, including each address where he or she resides as well as his or her photograph. The registry then makes public this information, available to anyone with an Internet connection. This, in and of itself, can be utterly humiliating for the accused and his or her family and can make it incredibly difficult for those affected to live a normal life, as the accused is prohibited from living near a school or other place where children congregate. You can prepare to protect yourself against the government by contacting a Broward County sex crimes lawyer to discuss the details of your case. The hiring of an attorney is an important decision for those accused of sex crimes. No attorney can guarantee the results of your case, as it violates the rules of the Florida Bar Association. The choice of an attorney should not be based solely on an advertisement.
Sex Crime Statistics
In 2009, arrests for forcible sex offenses (including forcible rape, forcible sodomy and forcible fondling) totaled 2,877; seventeen percent of those were in Broward County. Forcible rape charges totaled 515 arrests in Broward County.
Hassett & Associates, P.A. represents sex crimes arrest clients in Broward County and its major cities and areas, including Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pembroke Pines.
1. Florida Crime Clock, 2009:
2. Arrest Totals, January – December 2009