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Melbourne Sex Crime Attorney – Sex Crime Lawyer in Melbourne, Florida

With more than 45 years of combined criminal defense experience, the attorneys at the Canina Law Firm aggressively and routinely defend against all sex crime allegations in Brevard County, Florida. A SUBSTANTIAL portion of our practice is devoted exclusively to sexual-related offenses and sex crime defense.

Make no mistake: If you have been arrested for a sex crime, you are in for the battle of your life.
If you have been accused, do not wait to obtain legal advice. CONTACT our office today for a complete evaluation by our experienced sex crime defense attorneys.

No other type of offense carries the life-altering consequences that a sexual offense carries. Some of the harshest legal penalties available in Florida are imposed for sex crime convictions. Due to the general public disdain for sex offenders and the highly publicized nature of sex crimes, Florida prosecutors pursue these cases with a distinct vigor.

Sex crime cases are assigned to special prosecutors at the State Attorney’s Office with significant experience. Many criminal defense attorneys – even experienced ones – simply do not handle sex crimes due to their unique dynamics and challenging nature.WE DO.

Defending a sex crime charge requires a unique, tailored approach based on the facts of the case and the allegations. This is not a job for a beginner. The attorneys that you choose MUST have:

The Canina Law Firm is a father-son-and-daughter TEAM of criminal defense attorneys with well over 45 years of combined experience in the defense of all types of sex crime allegations and charges, including the following:

We are a boutique criminal defense law firm whose primarily focus is on the quality of the results we obtain for our clients, and not the quantity of client files in our drawers.

Brevard County Sex Crime Investigations

If you or a loved one has been contacted by law enforcement regarding a sex crime investigation or allegation of a sex crime, the immediate assistance of a criminal defense attorney is essential. Two common investigative techniques used by police are the “controlled phone call” and the “non-custodial interview.”

In a “controlled phone call,” the accuser or somebody close to the accuser will contact the accused by phone in an attempt to elicit an apology or a confession. During the call, the accused person is unaware that the phone call is being actively listened to and recorded by law enforcement on the other end. No warrant is needed to make a controlled phone call, and this method of obtaining incriminating information has been upheld by both the Florida and US Supreme Courts.

In a “non-custodial interview,” the accused person will be called or visited at their residence by a police officer who is investigating an allegation of a sex crime. The police officer immediately informs the accused that they are either “not in any trouble,” “not being arrested,” or “free to leave.” The officer then informs the accused that they are simply here to get a statement from the person and trying to get to the bottom of an accusation. They may insinuate that the matter will even be disposed of if the accused person issues an “apology” to the accuser. The officer will appear very pleasant and non-threatening. This lulls the accused person into a false sense of security, which causes them to give a confession or incriminating statement to the officer. Essentially, by telling the accused that they are not being arrested (or not “in custody”), the officer does NOT need to read the person their Miranda Rights before attempting to elicit statements from them. The non-custodial interview has been upheld as a valid method of police investigation by both the Florida and U.S. Supreme Courts.

The police are not your friends. They are not “on your side.” The goal of their investigation is not to help you, but to incriminate you. Always remember that anything you say can and will be used against you in court. That is why you should immediately contact and retain an experienced Brevard County sex crimes attorney to protect and defend your legal rights.

Falsely Accused of a Sex Crime?

False accusations of sex crimes routinely occur in Florida and across the nation. The mere accusation of a sex crime can be enough to ruin a person’s reputation and livelihood. Divorce, custody disputes, money, and even revenge against a former partner can motivate a person to fabricate a story to law enforcement. We have seen it countless times. The attorneys at the Canina Law Firm routinely defend against false accusations of illegal sexual conduct. Such accusations are delicate matters that can easily be blown out of proportion. The time to contact a lawyer is immediately after you are accused. By intervening early, our attorneys have frequently been able to prevent arrests and charges from taking place. Contacting a lawyer early on in your case is essential to mitigating the harsh effects that an accusation can have on your life.

Sex Offense Convictions in Florida

A conviction for a sexual offense carries life-altering consequences, such as incarceration in state prison or county jail, mandatory lifetime registration as a sexual offender or predator, long terms of sex offender probation, heavy fines and restitution, and countless collateral consequences. You may lose your job and/or government benefits. Convictions allow the State to place restrictions on your liberty (i.e., where you can live and work). Relationships with family and friends, as well as your position in the community can be permanently damaged. A registered sexual offender/predator is restricted on where they can live and work. They are frequently restricted from being around minors and having access to the internet. Neighbors in the vicinity of where the sex offender lives are all made fully aware of who the offender is, what the offender was convicted of, and where the offender resides. The offender’s photo and personal information will be published on the FDLE Sex Offender/Predator Website for the entire world to see.

Over 45 Years Sex Crime Defense Experience in Brevard County

Our family attorneys have more than four decades of combined experience defending against all types of misdemeanor and felony sexual-related charges. As part of a multifaceted defense strategy, our team will thoroughly investigate your case from all angles to form a defense, while carefully scrutinizing the evidence against you. We work diligently to protect and defend your legal rights at every step of the proceedings.

If you or a loved one has been accused of, or arrested for a sexual offense in Melbourne or Brevard County, you need a TEAM of experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorneys by your side at every step of the legal process. Contact The Canina Law Firm today for your FREE Case Evaluation.

Brevard County Florida Criminal Defense Attorney

The Canina Law Firm proudly defends all residents of Brevard County and all cities and towns along Florida’s Space Coast including: Melbourne, Viera, Suntree, West Melbourne, Melbourne Village, Palm Shores, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Merritt Island, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Grant, Valkaria, Micco, Barefoot Bay, Scottsmoor, Mims, and Sebastian, as well as neighboring Volusia County, Seminole County, Orange County, Osceola County, and Indian River County, FL.

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