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:
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.
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
Some of the most commonly charged sexual offenses in South Walton include, but are not limited to, the following:
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:
Florida’s general statutory penalties for misdemeanor and felony sex offenses are as follows:
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:
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.
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
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.
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.