Being accused of a sex crime carries a stigma that can affect your personal and social relationships, your employability, and even whether or not you’re permitted to move into a particular housing development or rental unit.

You can expect the prosecution to pull from all available resources of the state of Florida to use in their effort to convict you. They will exhaustively investigate your situation, trying to find some factor or pivotal piece of evidence that will tip the scales of justice in their favor. If they are successful, you may have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.

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If you do not have an experienced and aggressive Orlando criminal defense attorney on your side, the results could be disastrous. But if you contact the criminal defense lawyers in Orlando with Katz & Phillips, P.A., you have a chance at acquittal or at least a reduced charge. We will dig deep to understand the factors that led to your arrest, and we will use those factors to make a difference.

Call (321) 332-6885 today to schedule your free consultation.

What to Do When Charged With a Sex Crime According to an Orlando Sex Crime Defense Attorney

You need to take this situation very seriously. Don’t panic, but don’t ignore the charge. Here are some steps you can take to protect your rights:

  • Find a criminal defense attorney – Look for an attorney who has experience handling sex crime cases and who you feel comfortable working with. This may require multiple consultations until you find the right fit for you.
  • Gather any relevant documentation – This may include police reports, witness statements, and any other evidence that could be relevant to your case.
  • Understand the charges against you – Take the time to thoroughly understand the charges being brought against you and the potential consequences if you’re convicted.
  • Stay silent – Don’t discuss the case with anyone, including the police, until you’ve spoken with an attorney.
  • Prepare for trial – If your case goes to trial, your attorney will work with you to develop a defense strategy and gather any additional evidence or witness testimony that may be relevant to your case.

Speak with an experienced Orlando sex crime attorney as soon as possible if you’ve been charged with a sex crime. They can help you understand your rights, advise you on the best course of action, and work to protect your interests throughout the legal process.

Our areas of legal experience and defenses

Just as there are many different sexual abuse charges, there are also a lot of ways a skilled Orlando criminal defense attorney can defend people who are facing those charges.

At Katz & Phillips, P.A., our attorneys have extensive experience defending several sex crime charges and asserting appropriate defenses. There are many defenses that may be used, however, the right ones for your case will be discussed between you and your attorney.

Here’s a look at the specifics of some of our more commonly practiced areas and some of the common defenses, some of which might apply to your case.

Sexual abuse defense

Not every law firm has the talent that we do. Our experienced attorneys know how to overcome the natural bias that people accused of sex crimes face, the “guilty until proven innocent” mindset that flies in the face of what the criminal justice system in the United States is supposed to be all about. We’re aggressive and effective.

Child molestation defense

Even a completely innocent touch can be misconstrued as something evil. We will thoroughly investigate this charge and will look for the evidence that can clear you of this horrible charge.

Child pornography defense

This kind of case now often entails internet photos, however, we do still have cases involving printed photographs, DVDs, and videos. Even someone with artwork depicting a child in a sexual situation could possibly be charged with possessing child pornography. It takes a lawyer with special skills and the right background to provide the best possible defense against these complex charges.

Traveling to meet a minor defense

Being convicted of this crime could lead to up to 15 years in prison, a $10,000 ine, probation, and being labeled as a sex offender. Further, the minimum mandatory penalty for this crime is almost 2 years in prison.  We’ll painstakingly search for the proof needed to exonerate you or reduce your charges.

Unlawful sexual activity with a minor defense

We’ll work to show that either the allegations levied against you are completely untrue or that the prosecutor can’t prove them in court. It’s important to know that you can’t claim that you didn’t know the person was a minor, or that they consented. Those defenses aren’t allowed under Florida law.

Date rape defense

This can be a very complex kind of case, often clouded by misunderstandings and sometimes flat-out revenge or shame by the accuser. We’ll work to cut through all of the confusion and uncover the true facts of what really happened.

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Failure to register as a sex offender defense

Although ignorance of the law is no excuse to fail to register as a sex offender, there are often legitimate reasons why this can happen. We’ll make sure those come out in court.

Human trafficking defense

The complexities involved with a human trafficking charge can be even more pronounced than other sex crimes which is why you need an Orlando sex crimes attorney from Katz & Phillips who has an extensive amount of experience in this area of the law.

Indecent exposure defense

You could’ve had absolutely no intention of being seen with your genitals exposed, yet someone saw it and was so offended they decided to press charges. A skilled attorney will make sure the jury knows all the extenuating circumstances surrounding your arrest.

Lewd conduct defense

Any sort of sexual act in public can be qualified as “lewd conduct.” If it involves a minor, it can quickly escalate to a major felony charge. This is not a situation to brush off – get an experienced attorney as soon as you can.

Lewd or lascivious acts defense

There are a lot of areas where “lewd” conduct and “lewd or lascivious” conduct intersect. We’ll clear up any confusion you may have and will fight to clear your name.

Prostitution defense

Whether you’re charged with soliciting sex or giving sex for money, the consequences can be severe. If something happened that was taken out of context or you were entrapped by a law enforcement agent, we’ll do everything in our power to either have your charges reduced or dropped.

Rape defense

There’s no way you can fight this kind of charge on your own — the stakes are far too high. Your Orlando sex crime attorney will uncover the facts and provide you with the strongest possible defense.

Statutory rape defense

This is a sexual act performed with a minor – whether that minor consented or not. The penalties can ruin the life of the accused, so you’ll need to get in touch with us immediately if you find yourself in this horrible situation.

Sexual misconduct defense

Sexual misconduct is another incredibly serious charge, with a conviction leading to extended prison time – and likely ruining the career of the accused. An Orlando sex crime attorney with Katz & Phillips will fight aggressively to preserve your freedom, as well as your reputation.

Sexual assault defense

Sexual assault will often be a gray area – was the act consensual or not? A skilled attorney can make sense of the situation and bring the true facts to light.

Possible defense strategies

Lack of evidence

If the prosecution does not have sufficient evidence to prove that the alleged act occurred, it may be difficult for them to secure a conviction.

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False accusation

It’s not uncommon for child molestation accusations to be false or exaggerated. In such cases, an attorney may work to establish that the alleged victim has a motive to lie or that there are inconsistencies in their testimony.

Mistaken identity

If the alleged victim is unable to accurately identify you, it will be extremely difficult for the prosecution to secure a conviction.

Lack of knowledge

It may be possible to argue that you did not know that the materials in question were child pornography.

Lack of intent

To be convicted of a child pornography offense, the prosecution must prove that you intended to possess, distribute, or produce the materials in question. If you can show that you did not have this intent, it may be difficult for the prosecution to secure a conviction.

Fourth Amendment violations

If the materials in question were seized as part of an illegal search and seizure, it may be possible to argue that the evidence should be suppressed.


If you can show that you were induced or encouraged by law enforcement to commit the offense, it may be possible to argue that you were entrapped.

Inability to comply

You could have been physically unable to comply with the registration requirements due to illness or disability.

Misinformation or incorrect information

The court may have given you incorrect information about the registration requirements, or a person in authority could have purposely misinformed you about the registration process.

Let Our Orlando Sex Crime Defense Law Firm Fight for You

An Orlando criminal defense lawyer with Katz & Phillips, P.A. is ready to provide the effective representation you need. Please call 321-332-6885 or contact us online for a free evaluation of your case as soon as possible.


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