A sex crime conviction is the last thing you want to deal with for the rest of your life. A criminal record of this nature can become a major obstacle in your career, your personal life and your reputation in the community. Jail time and costly fines and penalties are a real possibility. You may be listed on a sex offender registry and prevented from living or working wherever you wish for years to come if you are convicted of any of the following criminal offenses (or other sex crimes) and live in Florida:

  • Luring or enticing a child
  • Human trafficking
  • Sexual battery
  • Unlawful sexual activity with a minor
  • Recruiting a minor for prostitution
  • Lewd or lascivious behavior upon or in the presence of a child younger than 16 years old, an elderly person or a disabled adult
  • Computer pornography possession, transmission or manufacture
  • Sexual misconduct
    • Rape
    • Statutory rape


You may not have been arrested yet, but if you even have cause to suspect that you might be accused of any such crime, your best criminal defense is an early, smart defense. You have the right to talk to a lawyer at any stage of your case. Contact Avera & Smith, regardless of where things now stand in your sex crime defense case:

  • Rumors
  • Pre-investigation
  • Investigation underway
  • Post-arrest
  • Post-conviction if you need an appellate lawyer


If Avera & Smith, is on your side, you can count on an astute, detailed and aggressive approach to your defense. We may look into the credibility of the complaining witness. We may look at possible misidentification issues or questions of intent. The unique facts of your case will help determine our recommended approach, but the goal will be the same no matter what: the most favorable outcome attainable from your point of view.

If you are a college student — perhaps a student athlete, rest assured that we understand your special concerns and challenges. Our experience has prepared us to help prevent or mitigate the worst consequences of your sex crime charges whenever possible. We can speak on your behalf if your legal problems come to the attention of an athletic coach, for example.


If you or someone you know is facing criminal sex offense charges in Florida, consult with a criminal defense attorney at Avera & Smith, as soon as possible. Attorney-client communications are confidential. To schedule a free, frank discussion with one of our trial lawyers, contact our sex crimes attorneys by email or call our Gainesville office at 352-372-9999 or toll free at 800-654-4659. We accept credit cards.

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