IF YOU ARE BEING INVESTIGATED FOR A SEX CASE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO PORNOGRAPHY, SEXUAL BATTERY, LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS, FAILURE TO REPORT, SEXUAL BATTERY ON A CHILD. DO NOT MAKE ANY STATEMENTS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. INFORM THE OFFICER YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASSIST THEM, HOWEVER, YOU WANT YOUR ATTORNEY PRESENT. THEN CALL OUR OFFICE IMMEDIATELY AT 850 434 1330.
Our opening statement is the best advice you will ever have in the course of your legal matters. We cannot stress enough regarding the legal perils posed when statements are made during the investigation. You may be admitting to a crime and not even realize it, or providing evidence against yourself in the prosecution of your or your child's case. In addition, DO NOT allow your child to be questioned at school, outside your and your attorney's presence. In my experience, We have seen over and over where these statements have damaged a defendant's case significantly. Sex Offender Cases are very serious and if you or a loved one are being investigated, please seek immediate legal advice.
Sex cases in Florida carry, in our opinion, some of the harshest penalties of any crime, outside death cases. The most notable is, when convicted of a sex crime in Florida under any of the below statutes, you are required to report as a sex offender or depending on the statute or circumstances, a sexual predator. If so designated, you must follow any and all federal, state, and local sex offender requirements, that are present now or may be enacted in the future and retroactive. Failure to meet the sex offender reporting requirements, or any and all additional requirements, can be punishable by state prison.
The nature of the cases we see representing adults run the spectrum in case circumstances. However, you would be surprised at the number of cases which fall under the category of mis-charged, mis-understanding, mis-identification, or false accusations. For example; take a case where a minor child accuses a step parent of touching them inappropriately, or your wireless network is unsecured and someone hops onto your network and downloads child pornography, exposing your IP address to law enforcement. These cases happen, and if investigated or charged, you are at risk. If you are investigated or charged in a sex case please seek legal help immediately.
If you have been accused or charged in a rape, or aggravated sexual assault, you deserve an advocate on your side that will fight to protect you. Over aggressive prosecution, over charging and even violation of your civil rights is not uncommon in these cases. Our office will fully investigate the case, question and depose the witnesses, examine the evidence and even bring in experts in forensic science, DNA, and medical fields to review your case and fight for you. It is our job to provide a vigorous defense and the best strategy in protecting your rights. Our office will be ready to take your case to trial with our experts to fight for you.
We see all types of sex cases from minor to major. If needed, our office will team up with additional attorneys breaking up into areas of strengths, leaving no stone unturned in your defense. Due to the media attention and public perception of these cases, you have no choice but to defend yourself and protect your rights vigorously. Being convicted of a sexual battery case can be damaging to your future, however, it does not have to be the end of your future. Having an attorney that clearly understands the implications of being charged under each statute and knows sentencing options ensures your rights are being protected and that you get the help you need.
If needed, Mrs. Reynolds has tried 1000s of cases in Juvenile court and will be prepared with the best experts to fight for your child.
Believe it or not, if your son or daughter is convicted of a qualifying case, they may BE REQUIRED TO REPORT AS A SEXUAL OFFENDER OR PREDATOR FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. I cannot stress enough how serious a matter that is. Being labeled a sexual offender or predator could quite simply ruin your child's future by preventing him/her from entering a college of choice, getting jobs, or even deciding where to live. If your child is facing these charges take NO CHANCES on their future. Seek legal help now.
Juvenile sex cases these days are very common, especially with the new the technology available to boys and girls. For example, "Sexting", your 15 year old daughter takes a picture of herself naked and sends it to her boyfriend. At that time, she has broken the law. She could be charged with a crime that could follow her the rest of her life. OK, take the matter where your son takes risqué pictures of his girl friends, stores them on his laptop, which is later found by a computer tech who reports them. On the other end, we see cases where a young couple are having a sexual relationship, one or the other gets mad and claims he or she was sexually abused by the other. These are all examples of children not knowing the severe consequences of their actions, and a child's life is ruined. These cases do happen and should it ruin their entire lives? This is what our office fights to protect.
We also represent those juveniles in very serious cases who really do need special help and attention. In these cases, we work hard to ensure your child gets the best defense possible while protecting his or her rights. We will work to get help for your child and/or possibly work to negotiate a plea wherein if the child follows their program might not have to register as a sex offender or have a sex case on their record. The bottom line is, please do not take any chances with your child's future. If your child is under investigation, accused or charged in a sex case, call our office immediately at 850 434 1330.
As an adult or juvenile, a sex case on your record is not sealable or expungable. Therefore, you have to carry this record with you for the rest of your life. Optimally, you want to contact an attorney at the first realization you are being accusted of any sex offense.
In Florida, as in many states, there are 2 designations for sexual reporters; Sexual Offender and Sexual Predator. We would venture to guess that most people do not know the difference, which makes even being labeled a sexual offender so damaging. Florida Sexual Predator classification is based on the Florida Statute 775.20 . There are some common, as well as differences between Sexual Offender and Sexual Predator designations. For example both are required to report. However, a Sexual Predator has far more restrictions that they are required to abide by.
Whether you are a parent with a child, family member being accused or an adult, please seek immediate legal advice. If not by Shelley Guy Reynolds, please seek the advice of a qualified criminal attorney who has experience in these matters. You must protect your rights and protect your future. At the Law Offices of Shelley Guy Reynolds we are dedicated to the practice of Criminal Law and will focus our attention on your case to provide the best strategy for your defense and fight hard to protect your rights.
For additional information please feel free to check out the FDLE website on Sexual Offenders and Predators.
The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your matter. We invite you to contact us and we welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.