Sex Crime Defense

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Jacksonville Area Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys


As aggressive Florida sex crimes defense attorneys, we understand that oftentimes people are wrongfully accused of sex crimes. Unfortunately, many people are wrongfully convicted and sentenced to prison for crimes they didn't commit. We realize that if you are charged with a sex crime you are facing severe penalties, not to mention the destruction of your reputation among family, friends and the community. Additionally, the registration requirements are getting tougher and tougher, that's why we take sex crimes defense SERIOUSLY. Unfortunately, virtually anyone can accuse you of a sex crime-ANYONE, and the police and prosecutors will prosecute you simply because they believe the victim over you. That's why you need an aggressive sex crimes defense attorney on your side.

Contact a sex crimes defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Ronald E. Sholes if you are facing charges for lewd and lascivious, sexual battery, molestation, exhibition, rape or other sex crimes charge  in Jacksonville, Duval County, or other North Florida areas including St. Johns, Clay, Nassau, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Putnam, Alachua, Orange, Seminole, Flagler, and Volusia Counties, as well as anywhere else in North Florida where you may need us. 

We Fight to protect your rights and provide aggressive defense of all sex crimes charges.  Oftentimes, we can also help keep you free of the sex offender registration obligations.



Time really is of the Essence and we will give your case the attention that it deserves. If you believe someone has or will make an allegation of sexual abuse- of any nature against you . . . .

do NOT speak to police. (they are NOT going to help you.)

do NOT take any polygraphs tests.

do NOT take any Voice stress test.

do NOT speak to anyone else.

. . . . . . . without speaking to Us First.


We are sex crime attorneys you can trust to aggressively REPRESENT YOU. Even in some of the most unfavorable cases, we may be able to help you avoid registering as a sex offender under Florida law. We provide aggressive representation and try and give you the best chance of avoiding a sex offender or sexual predator designation and a lifetime of hassles.

We represent clients facing all types of sex crimes in Jacksonville, Duval County, and in several other cities, including Orlando, St. Augustine, Gainesville, Orange Park, Starke, Macclenney, Fernandina, Palatka, and Lake City, among other locations throughout North Florida, on charges of registration violations, sexual battery, sexual assault, pornography, and all lewd charges. the following are some of the specific sex crime charges we handle:

  • Lewd and lascivious exhibition
  • Lewd and lascivious molestation
  • Lewd and lascivious battery
  • Lewd and lascivious touching
  • Unlawful sexual activity
  • Sexual battery
  • Family sexual battery
  • Capital sex battery
  • Statutory rape
  • Forcible rape
  • Date rape
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Solicitation of a minor
  • Failure to update drivers license
  • Failure to register
  • Internet sex crimes

Aggressive Sex Crimes Defense in Jacksonville, Gainesville, Orange Park, Orlando and St. Augustine

In defending persons accused of serious sex crimes, we emphasize the value of pre-arrest defense to make an aggressive attempt to avoid our client from being charged altogether. Additionally, if an arrest is or has been made, early engagement with the prosecution as soon after arrest as possible is usually important and may prevent formal charges from being filed by the State Attorney's Office. Our ability to present evidence of mitigating circumstances at every stage of the case may also help you avoid having to face the worst possible charges, and can oftentimes help you resolve your case on favorable terms at any time from the first appearance through sentencing.

Florida Sex Crime Penalties - it's NO Joke.

Florida criminal penalties for sex crimes are becoming increasingly severe, and as your attorney we will provide aggressive representation to try to help you avoid being charged with sexual battery, lewd and lascivious, or other sex crimes. Our knowledge and expertise of sex crimes and our experience negotiating difficult sex crime charges with the prosecution throughout the pendency of the proceedings against you may help you stay clear of the long sentences that convicted sex offenders often face.

Lewd and Lascivious Penalties.

If convicted of a single charge of Lewd and Lascivious battery you're sentencing range would be approximately 8 (minimum) to 15 (maximum) years. the victim's consent and your mistake of the victim's age are NOT defenses to a lewd and lascivious charge. Most of the time through our aggressive representation, experience and expertise, we can help you avoid the minimum sentence and oftentimes avoid a prison sentence or a conviction at all.

Capital Sexual Battery Penalties

Capital sexual battery involves a victim under 12 years of age. If convicted at trial of capital sexual battery the judge must sentence you to Life in prison without the chance of probation or parole. Even in cases where the state attorney's office has actually filed capital sexual battery against you, most of the time we can get them reduced to a lesser charge and sometimes dismissed completely.

Florida Sex Offender Registration Violations

Our Jacksonville area sex crime attorneys  also represent persons accused of sex offender registration violations such as, requirements under the Jessica Lunsford Act, Failure to update Driver's License or address, Failure to appear for the semi-annual check-in, etc., which will almost always "score" a prison sentence according to Florida Sentencing Guidelines. We may be able to help you avoid prison or jail altogether.

For additional information about our ability to help you confront and overcome serious sex crime charges, contact one of the criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Ronald E. Sholes.

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Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A.

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Jacksonville Office
9282 Atlantic Boulevard
Jacksonville FL 32225
(At the intersection of Southside Blvd. and Atlantic Blvd., next to Furniture Mart. Entrance and parking on the left side of the building.)

Toll Free: 855-WE-FIGHT
Phone: 904-721-7575
Fax: 904-721-7474

Starke Office
486 North Temple Ave.
Starke, FL 32091
(Across from Bradford High School)

Phone: 904-964-4055
Fax: 904-964-4755

Orange Park Office
637 Blanding Blvd. Suite 4,
Orange Park, FL 32065
(next to Fiore Chiropractic,
across from Starbucks store)

Phone: 904-272-7575
Fax: 904-272-2766