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Being charged with a sex crime—no matter the eventual outcome—can be severely detrimental to your personal and professional life, and the effects of negative press or slander can follow you for years into the future. If you are currently under investigation, or have been arrested, for a sex crime, or sex-related offense, your first plan of action needs to be to get in contact with an aggressive Sanford sex crimes attorney to defend yourself.

In a sex crime, the most critical time is the pre-arrest interview with law enforcement officials, and in most cases, this interview is a disaster without the legal guidance of your attorney. Often, people under investigation feel that they can talk their way out of being arrested, or simply explain their side of things to a seemingly impartial police officer. However, during this phase of an investigation, the police are on a fishing expedition, looking for any evidence or hint of criminal activity that could be used against a suspect in their criminal prosecution.

If the interview is in a custodial setting, law enforcement officials should read a detained suspect his or her Miranda rights, which include the right to an attorney, and the right to remain silent. These two pieces of information are crucial in ensuring a fair trial, and if an officer fails to read these rights, a good Sanford sex crimes attorney can use that to his client’s advantage.

At the interview, the presence of a lawyer is a strong deterrent for the police to try any scare tactics or sneaky questions that may inadvertently trip up a suspect. Your lawyer can also counsel you on how best to phrase your answers, and to put your actions in the best possible light.

At the Law Offices of Ryan N. Yadav, our attorneys are willing and able to aggressively defend clients in Sanford County and surrounding areas who have been charged with sex-related crimes such as the following:

  • Sexual Battery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Rape
  • Lewd and Lascivious Battery
  • Lewd and Lascivious Conduct
  • Lewd and Lascivious (Improper) Exhibition
  • Romeo and Juliet Laws
  • Statutory Rape
  • Assignation and Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Possession of Child Pornography or pornographic images
  • Traveling to Meet a Minor

Any one of these crimes could lead to serious repercussions, both present and future, even if you are found to be innocent of the charges. A sex offender label, no matter how fleeting, or any involvement in a sex crimes investigation, can be negatively reflected on your reputation, and could cost you future jobs, relationships, financial standing, and even your good name.

Sadly, innocent people are charged and even convicted of sex crimes they did not commit every day, sometimes spending years in jail. Unfortunately, these people cannot escape the negative connotations even after their release. In Florida, if you are charged with a sexually related offense, jail and prison time are very real possibilities, and the state requires all convicted offenders to register for life as sex offenders. Under the “Jimmy Ryce Act,” sexual offenders may also face possible civil commitments.

Contact Ryan N. Yadav, a leading Sanford sex crimes attorney, at any hour, day or night, to discuss your charges and your pending investigation, and to determine how best to proceed in your case.