Florida Criminal Defense Attorney Handles Sex Crime Allegations
Proven advocate defends clients accused of sex offenses in the Fort Lauderdale area
Any criminal charge is serious, but a sex crime allegation can follow you for the rest of your life even when you're acquitted. It's easy to feel hopeless if you find yourself in this situation, which is why you need a skilled defense attorney who will protect your rights and reputation. At Richard A. Merlino Criminal Defense Law, I understand that not every person who is accused of sexual assault, prostitution, or any other sexual offense is guilty, and I believe that you are entitled to quality legal representation no matter what charge you face. I will present a targeted defense to the allegations, pressing for the best possible result whether that's an acquittal, sentence reduction or favorable plea agreement.
Dedicated Florida lawyer defends clients on a range of charges
Drawing on my experience defending clients accused of sex offenses, I understand the sensitive nature of these allegations and am committed to handling your case with the care it requires. My defense may try to show the act involved consent rather than criminal behavior. I may also be able to challenge the prosecution by proving you were elsewhere at the time the offense was committed.
I represent clients charged with one of the following crimes:
- Rape and sexual assault
- Prostitution and solicitation
- Statutory rape
- Child molestation
- Date rape
- Indecent exposure and “sexting"
- Internet sex crimes
In all cases, I will uphold your rights in the criminal justice system.
Experienced litigator understands the severity of your situation
Depending on the offense, sex crime charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies. Regardless of the severity of the offense, however, a conviction will have serious and long-lasting consequences beyond your sentence. You may be placed on probation or incarcerated, where fellow convicts often treat sex offenders harshly. You may have to register as a sex offender, which can limit your job opportunities, destroy your social life and restrict where you can live. I have the experience and skill to provide a diligent defense no matter the sex crime charge you face.
Contact a skilled criminal defense attorney for your sex crime charge
At Richard A. Merlino Criminal Defense Law, I know how difficult and embarrassing sex crime charges are and how serious the consequences will be if you're convicted. I provide a strong defense that seeks the best possible outcome under the facts of your case. Call my Fort Lauderdale office at 954-317-9024 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation.