Sex Crimes Operate Under Different Rules of Evidence
Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2013 – Sex crimes are a whole different ball of wax, and extremely serious crimes.
“If someone is charged with a sex crime and the charges involve a child, this is a very serious matter and you will need an experienced Lakeland criminal defense attorney at your side. The bad news begins with word of such a charge reaching others, including family, friends and co-workers. The instant reaction is bone deep rage and revulsion, despite the fact that the individual charged may be completely innocent. People forget that first and foremost, someone charged is still presumed to be innocent, until proven otherwise,” stated Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney.
Dealing with a charge like this is not a cake-walk and should never be treated as such. The individual charged needs an attorney with extensive experience handling sex crimes and working with juries, particularly if the charges involve molestation, exhibitionism, child porn and computer child porn, rape, and traveling to meet a minor for the purposes of sex, etc.
Many of the sex crimes outlined in the Florida criminal code carry a mandatory penalty of a minimum of 25-years in jail, in addition to being labeled as a sexual offender or predator; designations that require the offender to register with the State of Florida. “Once your name is entered in an offender registry, you are restricted as to where you may work and live. If you do not register, you face more felony charges with prison time,” Grajek explained.
The most important thing to know is that sex crimes have different rules of evidence than other criminal cases, and because that is the case, they are exceedingly difficult to defend. “This is why, if you have been charged with a sex crime, you need to immediately call a Lakeland criminal defense attorney,” suggested Grajek.
“In sex crime cases, hearsay from a child is admissible in some circumstances, and similar fact evidence is also fair game for the prosecutor to enter into evidence. You need a seasoned criminal defense attorney to argue against the admission of this type of evidence.”
Many defendants faced with a sex crime charge involving a child ask how they could possibly be arrested, or convicted of such a crime, if the only evidence that exists is a child’s statement. This is all the prosecutor needs, as the child’s statement “is” evidence. It then becomes a question of who will a jury believe.
“In short, the statement of a child is enough to arrest you, and may ultimately be the only evidence that convicts you. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights,” remarked Grajek.
Thomas C. Grajek
206 Easton Drive, Suite 102
Lakeland, FL 33803
View Larger Map
- Arrest made in Polk County "SWAT"ting incident involving "anonymous" calls to police to lure SWAT team to high school.
A Canadian juvenile was arrested in the recent Polk County “swatting” case. “SWATting” is when an individual attempts to lure the SWAT time to respond to a location for a fake threat of some type. Polk County deputies allege the teen anonymously placed hoax calls to law enforcement officials in an effort to lure SWAT teams to respond to Ft. Meade high school over the past four-months. Deputies say the investigation began in September, when an unidentified male called the sheriff’s office and Fort Meade High School and said he was going to “drive to Fort Meade High School in […]
- Just in time for Christmas, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd's prostitution sting results in 61 arrests.
Sheriff Grady Judd will hold a press conference today to announce the results of the latest Polk Prostitution sting from last week. The sting was part of a undercover operation targeting individuals who respond to online advertisements on Backpage.com. The online ads are usually listings for escort or massage services, but once the person responds to the hotel, the undercover deputies try to make an arrest for an illegal activity. These undercover officers can be very aggressive and often do most of the talking. The sheriff was also targeting human trafficking which is a much more serious felony offense. There are some harsh […]
- Medical marijuana amendment fails in Florida, pot still illegal to possess. What defenses do you have to a possession of cannabis case?
Florida’s medical marijuana amendment did not pass yesterday in the election. Even though a majority of the voters voted in favor of passing the medical marijuana amendment, receiving 58% of the vote, it fell 2% shy needed to pass. In 2006, Florida voters decided all constitutional amendments needed a “super majority” to pass (60% instead of 50%). Ironically, that amendment that now requires a super majority, only passed with 57.8% of the vote. Whether or not the issue is placed back on the ballot is unknown at this time. John Morgan of Morgan & Morgan who spearheaded the campaign had previously […]
See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: attorney, criminal defense, Florida, Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Lakeland criminal defense lawyer, Polk County criminal defense attorney, Polk County criminal defense lawyer, Polk County DUI attorney, Polk County DUI lawyer, Thomas Grajek