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Sexual Offenses

Accusations of criminal offenses are very serious and can ultimately lead to very negative repercussions. For example, an individual convicted of a sex crime in the Florida Panhandle can face any of the following penalties:

  • Jail or prison time;
  • Fines;
  • A criminal record;
  • An inability to apply for certain jobs or professional licenses;
  • Requirements to register as a sex offender; and/or
  • Public humiliation.

However, if you have been charged with a sex offense, you do not necessarily have to face a conviction. The prosecutor must prove you committed every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. This can be a very difficult burden of proof to meet, and if the fact-finder (the judge or jury) has any doubt, the charges against you may be reduced or even dismissed. Therefore, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in the Florida Panhandle who can help craft the best legal defense for your specific situation.

DeFuniak Springs Sex Offense Lawyer

Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC for a consultation about your alleged sexual offense throughout the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Crestview, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Milton, Navarre, DeFuniak Springs, Pensacola and Panama City.

The attorneys of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC are knowledgeable in all areas of Florida’s sex crimes and will make every effort to fight the allegations against you. Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation today at if you have been charged with a sexual offense throughout Destin and South Walton.


Walton County Sexual Offense Information Center


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Sex Offenses in Destin

Some of the most commonly charged sexual offenses in South Walton include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sexual Battery / Rape, Fla. Stat. § 794.011 — An individual can be charged with this offense if they commit oral, anal or vaginal penetration, or union with, another person’s sex organ without their consent, or commit anal or vaginal penetration through the use of any object to another person without their consent. This offense is generally punishable as a felony of the first degree, life felony or capital felony. A defense to this offense is if the act was committed for a legitimate medical purpose.
  • Solicitation of a Child, Fla. Stat. § 796.03 — An individual can be charged with this offense if they procure for prostitution or cause to be prosecuted any child under the age of 18. This offense can also involve soliciting a minor through the use of the internet, using minors in obscene or lewd materials, child pornography, or child sex trafficking.
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Fla. Stat. §§ 943.0435(9)(a) and § 775.21(10) — An individual can be charged with this offense if they do not follow the requirements to register as a sex offender or sexual predator under Florida’s Sexual Predators Act. This offense is generally punishable as a felony of the third degree.
  • Lewd / Lascivious Assault, Fla. Stat. § 800.02 — An individual can be charged with this offense if they engage in sexually-charged conduct or exhibit any crude and indecent behavior, or commit sexually charged conduct. This offense is generally punishable as a misdemeanor of the second degree.
  • Prostitution, Fla. Stat. § 796.07 — An individual can be charged with this offense if they engage in sexual activity for hire. This can include pimping; acting as a pimp; arranging sex for hire between two or more individuals; owning, running or maintaining an establishment for sex for hire; or soliciting individuals to engage in sex for hire. This offense is generally punishable as a misdemeanor of the second degree, misdemeanor of the first degree or felony of the third degree.

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South Walton Sex Crime Penalties

The basic statutory penalties for many sex offenses are defined in sections 775.082, 775.083 and 775.084 of the Florida Statutes. The typical penalties are listed; however, these terms of punishment can increase depending on a number of factors, including:

  • The victim’s age;
  • Whether the alleged offender has a previous criminal history;
  • Whether a weapon was used during the commission of the offense;
  • Whether the victim was disabled or elderly; and/or
  • Whether the alleged offense causes death or serious injury.

Florida’s general statutory penalties for misdemeanor and felony sex offenses are as follows:

  • An individual charged with a misdemeanor of the second-degree sex offense can face a jail sentence up to 60 days and/or a fine up to $500 if convicted of the offense.
  • An individual charged with a misdemeanor of the first-degree sex offense can face a jail sentence up to one year and/or a fine up to $1,000 if convicted of the offense.
  • An individual charged with a felony of the third-degree sex offense can receive a prison sentence up to five years and/or a fine up to $5,000 if convicted of the offense.
  • An individual charged with a felony of the second-degree sex offense can face a prison sentence up to 15 years and/or a fine up to $10,000 if convicted of the offense.
  • An individual charged with a felony of the first-degree sex offense can receive prison sentence up to 30 years and/or a fine up to $10,000 if convicted of the offense.
  • An individual charged with a life felony sex offense can face prison sentence up to 30 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $15,000 if convicted of the offense.
  • An individual charged with a capital felony sex offense can receive the death penalty if convicted of the offense.

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Sex Offender Registration in Florida

Sections 943.0435 and 775.21 of the Florida Statutes require anyone who is considered a sexual predator, sexual offender, or who has been convicted of a sex crime to register as a sex offender with the sheriff’s office in the county where they reside. Also known as the Florida Sexual Predators Act, the law states the number of times per year sex offenders are required to register. An individual who has been convicted of any of the following acts is must register two times per year for the remainder of their life:

  • Lewd conduct;
  • Indecent exposure;
  • Statutory rape; and/or
  • Child pornography.

Other sex offenses, including rape and sexual battery, require the alleged offender to register four times per year for the remainder of their life.

Florida law defines a sexual predator as an individual who has been convicted of a felony sex offense that involves a minor child.


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Sex Crime Resources in South Walton

FDLE Sexual Offender Reporting Requirements – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) maintains a database of sex offenders and sexual predators throughout Florida, and provides information on sex offender reporting requirements in the state. The Florida Panhandle Regional Operations Center can be contacted at:

Pensacola Regional Operations Center
1301 North Palafox Street
Pensacola, Florida 32501
Phone: (850) 595-2100

Florida Statutes Online – Many sexual offenses, such as sexual battery, statutory rape and rape are defined in Chapter 794 of the Florida Statutes, in addition to the penalties an individual could face if they are convicted of a sex crime in Florida.

The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers – The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers is national organization that seeks to prevent occurrences of sexual abuse and also promotes effective management and treatment of alleged sexual offenders.


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Adkinson Law Firm, LLC | Destin Sex Crimes Attorney

If you have been accused of committing a sex offense anywhere in the Florida Panhandle region, you should immediately seek legal representation. Adkinson Law Firm, LLC defends clients against criminal charges throughout Okaloosa County, Santa Rosa County, Bay County, Walton County, Holmes County, Washington County, and Escambia County.

Clay Adkinson is an aggressive DeFuniak Springs criminal defense lawyer who will make every effort to help you avoid the most serious penalties and repercussions to your alleged offense. Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation at or send an online message about your alleged sexual offense.