Sex Crimes are any criminal acts involving sexual contact or sexual communication, including but not limited to harassment, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, date rape, statutory rape, and other prohibited acts. The most common victims of sex crimes are women and children, although men have at times been the recipients of illegal sexual advances or other criminal conduct. Miami and Fort Lauderdale have many criminal cases of sexual misconduct. In any populated area, people are bound to be in the company of sexual predators or miscreants of some sort. Sometimes, however, sex crimes are committed by accident. Many regular and normal everyday people commit sex crimes or other related criminal acts, and sometimes, without even realizing it. To prove the crime of Sexual Battery, the State Attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there was a victim, that the criminal suspect committed an act upon or with the victim in which a sexual organ of one penetrated or had union with a sexual organ of the other or some other object, and that the act was committed without the consent of the victim. “Consent” means intelligent, knowing, and voluntary consent and does not include coerced submission. Consent does not mean the failure by the alleged victim to offer physical resistance to the offender. Evidence of the victim’s mental incapacity or defect, if any, may be considered in determining whether there was an intelligent, knowing, and voluntary consent. “Mentally incapacitated” means that a person is rendered temporarily incapable of appraising or controlling his or her conduct due to the influence of a narcotic, anesthetic, or intoxicating substance administered to that person without his or her consent, or due to any other act committed upon that person without his or her consent. “Mentally defective” means that a person suffers from a mental disease or defect that renders that person temporarily or permanently incapable of appraising the nature of his or her conduct. “Union” means contact. However, any act done for bona fide medical purposes is not a sexual battery.
If you have been charged with a Sex Crime in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, or Miami Dade County, you should consult an experienced competent criminal defense attorney who can represent you in criminal court. Kenneth P. Hassett of Hassett and Associates, P.A. is a criminal defense attorney who represents clients in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Miami Dade County, and the rest of South Florida. Having a criminal defense lawyer to represent you in criminal court is advantageous, especially when charged with serious criminal offenses. Contact Hassett and Associates, P.A. for an immediate free consultation 24 hours per day seven days per week with a Sex Crimes lawyer if you have been charged with these criminal offenses.
The information on this page does not represent legal advice. Florida Statues obtained from Online Sunshine, www.leg.state.fl.us, the official site of the Florida Legislature. Because the law is continually changing, some of the provisions contained herein may be out of date. It is always wise to seek counsel from an experienced criminal attorney like Kenneth Hassett.
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