Sex crime accusations are serious no matter if those involved are adults or minors. Juvenile sex crimes, in particular, are increasingly common, but not for the reason many believe. A teen can pick up a charge for a sex crime for having a nude picture of his teenage girlfriend on his phone or getting caught having sexual relations. Being that the age of sexual consent in Florida is 18, a father who finds his teenage daughter in bed with another teen can rightfully file charges against the boy.
Although Romeo and Juliet laws provide a route to avoid sex offender registration for teenagers of a certain age and within a specific age gap, state law permits the conviction of teenagers engaged in illegal sex activities. Even if you avoid sex offender registration, a sex crime conviction can be one of the worst things to have on your record. The Orlando juvenile sex crime lawyer乐福彩票网s at The Umansky Law Firm can analyze your case and help mitigate whatever charges you may be facing.
Types of Juvenile Sex Crimes
Numerous situations can lead to a juvenile sex crime charge. The more severe crimes like sexual assault, battery and molestation, incest and rape are serious offenses that are often aggressively prosecuted; however, not all sex crimes (especially those involving juveniles) are as heinous. Many juvenile sex crime charges result from:
- Indecent exposure
- Lewd and lascivious behavior
- Sexual harassment
- Obscene voice messages
- Attempts at intercourse
- Inappropriate touching
Sexting, in particular, has become more common as cell phones have become more advanced and more teenagers possess them now than ever. The sending of sexual text messages may seem harmless to some, but when those same images and videos are used to bully and expose an individual, there can be dire consequences.
Recent Case Result
Expulsion in Orange County reduced to Minor Violation
This student (E.R.) had a history of being bullied by the popular girls in her middle school. She was in theater class during a break when everyone was on their phones and she was scrolling through Instagram. Some girls in her class went to the teacher and claimed she was looking at nude male photos and that they were offended by it. Our client strongly denied this. We compared all the witness statements which were vastly different, and it became apparent that even if she had been looking at these photos (which we still strongly denied) these girls would have been “shoulder surfing” and therefore our client didn’t intentionally harass anyone by showing anyone these alleged photos. They reduced the Level 4 Expulsion to a minor violation for using a phone during class. She was able to go back to school the next day and her suspension days were changed to excused absences.
Juvenile Sexting Charges and Penalties
Sexting occurs when one individual sends erotic content via text message to another individual commonly in the form of a picture or video. Two adults who engage in this behavior have nothing to fear as it is perfectly legal. However, those under the age of 18 are considered minors in Florida, and therefore, any sexually explicit content is considered child pornography.
Possession of child pornography is a felony in the third degree punishable by up to five years probation, five years in years in prison, and $5,000 in fines. If a teenager shares a “sext” to a group of friends, the individual may face charges for promoting a sexual performance by a child. This crime is a felony in the second degree punishable by up to 15 years probation, 15 years in prison, and $10,000 in fines. Sex offender registration may also be mandatory in particular instances.
The prosecution is unlikely to go easy on a defendant merely because he or she is a minor or a first-time offender. It is essential to have a seasoned criminal defense attorney by your side every step of the way.
Orlando Juvenile Sex Crime Defense Lawyer
The Orlando juvenile sex crime lawyer乐福彩票网s at The Umansky Law Firm have handled many cases involving minors. We don’t believe that one poor decision as a teenager should permanently alter one’s life. Everyone deserves a second chance. Through the implementation of proven effective criminal defense strategies, we can help give you a much-needed second chance.
Our attorneys have over 100 years of criminal law experience and continue to represent the accused of the Greater Central Florida area. As former prosecutors on the state and local level, we have a thorough understanding of how the opposition approaches juvenile sex crime cases. Allow us to use that insight to your advantage. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.