As far as public image is concerned, sex crimes are among the most destructive. Even if you’re acquitted from sex crime charges, the stigma could follow you around for quite some time. This is partially because our society has a bad habit of assuming blame on the accused before they are even brought to trial. Because of this, it can be very difficult for convicted sex criminals or even alleged sex criminals to live normal lives, but some in Collier County are seeking to remind everyone that sex criminals are people too, and they have rights.
Thanks to a glut of high profile cases, Florida’s “stand your ground” laws have been the topic of much discussion in recent years. Essentially, these laws can be used as a criminal defense — or provide immunity from prosecution —if you are accused of injuring someone who is attacking you or entering your property unlawfully.
Crimes involving sexual assault, inappropriate touching or any type of sexual misconduct are generally treated by authorities as a serious offense and are prosecuted aggressively. Furthermore, the accusation of a sex crime can do irreparable damage to a person’s reputation. They can also wreak chaos on families and make it exceedingly difficult to get a job in the future.