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Category: Sex Crimes

Child Pornography Laws in Florida: A Florida Criminal Defense Trial Expert’s Perspective

June 29, 2024 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

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What to Know About Florida’s Evolving Laws on Child Porn, Child Pornography, Child Sexual Abuse Material or “CSAM”, Deepfakes and More Florida’s Child Pornography Laws Florida’s child pornography laws are harsh and scary – even for the law-abiding citizen. You would expect someone who knowingly and intentionally possesses child pornography to know child pornography laws in Florida are harsh and …

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What Are the Consequences of a False Sex Allegation?

June 7, 2024 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

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False Sex Allegations in Florida: Information to Help the Falsely Accused If someone is accused of rape or sexual assault in Florida, it can have life-altering consequences. This includes the emotional toll, incurring reputational damage, harsh and severe legal repercussions as well. Understanding potential avenues for recourse if accused is critical for anyone who is facing such a situation. Contact …

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Traveling to Meet a Minor in Florida: What Are the Legal Ramifications?

June 4, 2024 Sex Crimes

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Florida, like most states, has strict laws in place to protect children from sexual predators. One such law deals with the act of traveling to meet a minor after online solicitation for unlawful sexual conduct. This offense is outlined in Florida Statute § 847.0135(4) and carries serious consequences. Understanding the Law This statute makes it a crime to: Travel or …

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Obscene Communication to Lure a Child in Florida: Protecting Our Youth

June 4, 2024 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Florida has strong laws in place to protect children from online predators and those who use communication channels to lure them into harmful situations. One such law is Section 847.013(1)(a) of the Florida Statutes, which makes it a crime to use obscene or harassing communication to seduce, solicit, induce, entice, or attempt to entice a child to commit a sex …

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Can I Go To Jail For Looking at a Website?

June 4, 2024 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

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In Florida, browsing the internet, even if you stumble upon unlawful content, this normally does not qualify as a criminal offense. However, there are conditions where certain actions someone takes while visiting a site can result in charges. First Amendment and Freedom of Speech The First Amendment to the Constitution protects freedom of speech, which extends to having access to …

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Florida Man Convicted After Confessing To Child Abuse In Police Application

May 18, 2024 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Sex Crimes

When an individual is accused of inappropriately touching a child, there are several different charges they may face in Florida, including sexual battery. Recently, a 26-year-old Florida man and former aspiring police officer was convicted of sexual battery on his younger cousin when he was a teenager. He now faces life in prison. This page will provide the case details …

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What is Lewd and Lascivious Molestation in Florida?

May 15, 2024 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

In Florida, various charges related to sexual abuse, including sexual abuse of children, exist. Sometimes, it can be difficult to distinguish between them.  Under Florida Statute 800.04, lewd and lascivious molestation may be charged if someone is accused of intentionally touching a person under the age of 16 in a lewd or lascivious manner, or forcing the victim under 16 …

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Instagram Announces New Measures to Combat Sextortion

May 2, 2024 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Sex Crimes, Social Media

Just weeks after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 3 to prevent certain minors from obtaining social media accounts, the platform Instagram has announced new methods and tools being used to combat online predators. Since the measures under HB 3 won’t go into effect until January of next year, Instagram’s steps in preventing online sextortion will apply to minors in …

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Tampa Woman Charged with Lewd or Lascivious Molestation for Posing as Teenager

May 2, 2024 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Sex Crimes

Law enforcement in Tampa have arrested a young woman on two separate occasions after reports of alleged sexual misconduct with minors. The 22-year-old is being accused of posing as a teenager online to engage in sexual relations with young teenage boys, which includes video evidence. This page will provide the case details and information pertaining to the relative charges against …

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