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Sexually Related Felony Offenses

aggravated-assault-battery_180x120-150x119Jury selection begins today for former WPTV weatherman Rob Lopicola, facing juvenile sex charges.

In July 2012, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Krista Marx set Lopicola’s bail at $130,000 and ordered he have no contact with the alleged victims in the case or anyone under the age of 18. She also ordered he have no access to the Internet or possess any device that allows him access to the Internet.

The former WPTV Channel 5 weekend meteorologist faces charges including sexual activity with minors, lewd and lascivious battery, computer pornography and child exploitation.

The charges stem from separate and multiple encounters Lopicola is accused of having with two teenagers between August 2010 and April 2011 after meeting them through Craigslist ads.

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Types Of Sex Crimes

A number of different offenses fall into the sex crimes category, but they generally involve illegal or coerced sexual conduct against another individual. Every state has laws against prohibiting the various types of sex crimes, such as rape and sexual assault, and each state has its own time limit (or “statute of limitations”) in which victims of sex crimes may file a lawsuit against the alleged offender. People convicted of sex crimes, regardless of severity, are considered “sex offenders” by their respective state and face having their names added to state and federal sex offender registries.

Indecent Exposure

It is illegal for a person to expose their genitals in public. Here’s a basic description of the indecent exposure laws, with links to related topics and state penal code section.

Prostitution

Description of the crime of offering or engaging in sexual acts for payment and links to the relevant penal code section.

Rape

Highlights situations that may constitute the crime of rape, including date rape and statutory rape, and contains links to state penal codes and federal laws against sexual abuse.

Sexual Assault

Describes the catch-all crime that encompasses unwanted sexual touching of many kinds, with links to state penal code and federal law on related crimes.

Solicitation

It’s illegal to entice someone else to commit a crime (such as prostitution). This article explains the elements to prove solicitation, as well as defenses and penalties.

Statutory Rape

People below the age of consent cannot legally consent to having sex, even if there was no force or the perpetrator believed the victim was old enough.

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Florida Sex Crimes and Punishments

Florida classifies sexual crimes into three primary categories of sexual offenses:

¨     Lewd Or Lascivious Acts

¨     Sexual Battery and Rape

¨     Unlawful Sex with Minors

Sex Offender Designation

Every person convicted of a sexually related felony offense is declared a sexual offender and is forced to comply with sexual offender registration laws throughout Florida and the United States.

Sex offenders must update their residence with every three to six months for their entire life.

Sex crimes in general carry harsh penalties and burdensome sanctions. Additionally, the more severe the sex crime, the greater prison exposure a person faces.

When it comes to sex crimes and state law, Florida has a very serious and punitive stance on charges involving illegal sexual acts.  While the main purpose of Florida law is to protect the innocent from true predators, there have been cases in when exaggeration and/or false accusations have occurred and resulted in unnecessary arrests.

West Palm Beach Sex Crime Defense Attorney

A conviction for a sex crime can and will have life-long effects on your future. If you have been arrested for a sex crime in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, or anywhere else in Palm Beach County, contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. immediately. When considering an attorney as part of your defense strategy for sex crimes, it is best to contact him as soon as possible after your arrest.

Andrew Stine is an experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney whose prior service as an army medic and a public defender give him a militant detention to detail and a strong knowledge of the Florida criminal justice system that could be beneficial to your sex crime case. With over 10 years of experience serving criminal defense clients like you, he knows what you’re up against as an alleged sex offender and how to fight both to protect your rights and to achieve a favorable outcome.

To find out more about what Andrew D. Stine, P.A. can do for your sex crime case in Palm Beach County, call 561.880.4300 today and schedule your free initial case consultation.

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