Bradenton Sex Crime Attorney

Any sex crime conviction in Florida could land your name, photo, personal information and home address on the Florida sex offender registry for life. A conviction is life-altering and may include prison time. Sex offender probation restricts where you can live and work, and it imposes a curfew and sex offender counseling.

It is absolutely necessary to retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Your reputation, career and freedom are at immediate risk. Whether the accusations are false, misleading or true, you need effective, aggressive defense. Even a mere allegation can impact your life for years. The consequences you face can be mitigated.

Comprehensive Defense Experience

I am D. Scott Rieth, a sex crime defense lawyer and former state prosecutor. I understand sex crime cases from all angles of prosecution and defense. If you have been charged with any of the following crimes, I can help you today:

  • Underage sex (statutory rape)
  • Possession or distribution of sexual images involving children
  • Internet sex crimes
  • Traveling to meet a minor
  • Molestation
  • Lewd and lascivious
  • Date rape
  • Solicitation of prostitution
  • Engaging in prostitution
  • Sexual battery and rape
  • Sexual assault

Contact me at 941-404-4192 or 888-352-3179 toll free. I offer free initial consultations, and I am responsive 24/7. I can protect your rights, intervene with the prosecutor on your behalf and begin preparing your defense immediately.

Charges Of Internet Chat Room And Social Network Solicitation Of Minors

Recently, law enforcement officers have been performing online sting operations focusing on chat rooms and social networking sites that may involve conversations between minors and sexual predators. If the charges against you involve such a trap lain out for you to fall into, I can help.

I understand your intentions may have been more innocent than charges imply. I know how Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) sex sting operations work and how prosecutors can make the evidence against you seem very convincing. I can counter it, possibly get it dismissed from the record and defend your case aggressively.

Travelling To Meet A Minor

Travelling to meet a minor to commit an unlawful sex act (sometimes called a "traveller case") is a serious sex offense in Florida. An individual may be charged with this crime when:

  • He or she is an adult using an online service to seduce, lure or otherwise entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity.
  • He or she then travels any distance to meet the child and engage in such activity.

These charges are often handed down after law enforcement or an investigation unit such as the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force poses as a minor child online to catch individuals in the act.

Many cases brought against adults are the result of manipulative Internet sex sting tactics that trap otherwise lawful individuals into conversations that turn sexual in nature. In order to hand down a charge, the accused must have been the one to solicit, seduce, entice or lure the assumed underage individual into sexual activity. In some cases, the accused initially was told he or she was talking to an adult, only to have the undercover agent claim to be a minor when the conversation turned sexual in nature.

These types of scenarios are far too common, and many adults are now facing sex crime charges and a lifetime on the sex offender registry because of entrapment on the part of undercover chatters. If you have been charged with travelling to meet a minor, you do not have to let the charge destroy your life. There are ways to fight back. I can help.

Knowledge And Skill You Can Depend On

As a former state prosecutor, I attended the National College of District Attorneys at the University of South Carolina School of Law among a select group of prosecuting attorneys (one from each state) to gain in-depth insight on how to prosecute child sex offenders. With this knowledge, I can counter the tactics of prosecutors in sex crime cases very confidently.

Despite Florida laws' bias toward accusers, I can turn the tide. I closely examine evidence and disallow misleading statements by witnesses and prosecutors to enter the record. I have more than 20 years of legal experience involving hundreds of sex offense cases as a prosecutor and a defender.

Call D. Scott Rieth Today

Don't accept empty promises from police or prosecutors. A lengthy prison sentence is all you would get. Discover your real options. Contact me today to schedule a free and confidential initial consultation at 941-404-4192 or 888-352-3179 toll free.