Sex Crimes

Very few allegations will damage a person’s reputation and future as much as a charge involving a sexual offense. These charges are pursued very aggressively by prosecutors for many reasons, including the heightened attention by the news media in recent years. Some of these cases are basically a credibility issue between the person charged and the complaining witness. There can be many reasons why these charges are falsely made. Sometimes they are motivated by monetary gain or custody disputes by one parent of a child trying to obtain custody or terminate rights of the wrongfully accused parent.

Mr. Jenkins is not afraid to aggressively defend against sexual charges. Mr. Jenkins, having been a former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney for more than 28 years is well aware that many times allegations of sexual abuse are false and used to obtain leverage as mentioned above. Even if the person that is accused is innocent, he or she will face harmful stereotyping and traumatic day-to-day interactions with friends, family, neighbors, and peers.

Sometimes allegations are exaggerated as well. We know what to look for. We know the defenses and how to affect the best possible outcome in your case. Mr. Jenkins is highly trained in developing relationships with witnesses and complainants that sometimes allows him to obtain information about the facts of the case that many lawyers don’t obtain. One of the first things that must be done is a thorough and immediate investigation into the background of the complainant. Has the complaining witness brought other charges against other that were proven to be false? Also, if necessary, among other experts, we may use computer experts to assist us in cases.

Common Sex Crime Allegations

Frequently committed sex crimes include, but are not limited to: rape, statutory or underage sexual contact with a minor, date rape, lewd conduct, indecent exposure, prostitution, pandering, solicitation, possession or transmission of child pornography, especially on peer to peer software programs or networks, child molestation, sexual abuse and sexual assault.

Sex Crime Penalties in Florida

A sex conviction can lead to a vast array of legal penalties, which may include, but are not limited to: jail or commonly prison time, fines, community service, probation, court ordered counseling and restitution. Additionally, any person that is convicted of a sex crime will have to register as a sexual offender or sexual predator- a list that remains most often permently on a person’s records and on the State’s sex offender registry which is viewable by the public. This alone is a life sentence with extreme collateral consequences when it comes to employment, housing, etc.

Jim Jenkins is fully ready to handle your sex crime case. As a leading Pensacola criminal defense lawyer, he can provide you with the direction and legal counsel you need to fight your misdemeanor or felony sex crime charges and will do all he can to effect a positive outcome in your case. He has the training, capability and the tenaciousness to help you – and, you’ll find he cares about you and your case.

Some of the sexually related crimes Jim has represented people for are:

  • Aggravated Rape
  • Forcible Rape
  • Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person Aged Eleven and Younger
  • Sexual battery or lewd and lascivious conduct on or in the presence of someone less than sixteen years and/or eighteen years of age.
  • Date Rape
  • Rape Resulting in or Committed With Acts Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury
  • Statutory Rape
  • Dissemination or Possession of Obscene Materials (Jim is a member of the Prestigious First Amendment Lawyers Association, a by invitation only association that represents those accused of disseminating alleged obscene materials).
  • Enticing Away Person for Prostitution or Sexual Intercourse
  • Supervising or Owning an Illicit Escort Service
  • Inducing a Minor into Prostitution
  • Prostitution, Pimping, and Soliciting
  • Child Pornography, including transmission, distribution, and peer to peer downloading
  • Failure To Register As A Sex Offender
  • Lewd, Wanton And Lascivious Acts
  • Open and Gross Lewd and Lascivious Behavior in the presence of a child
  • Misdemeanor Lewd and Unnatural Acts in Public
  • Voyeurism
    • In 2012, Jim wrote a thirty one page chapter in a leading legal treatise sold by Thompson-West legal publications entitled Strategies for Defending Sex Crimes, Defending Sex Crimes Offenses Through Thorough, Immediate Investigation and Building the Strongest Mitigation Case Possible, 2012 Ed. (Aspatore, a Thomson West publication).
    • In 2011, he also wrote "The Case of the Disappearing Tattoo" published in The Warrior, the Journal of The Trial Lawyers College, Fall 2011 Edition which involved false allegations of a sexual battery that stunned prosecutors when Jim’s client, who Jim truly believed had not committed the crime, was found not guilty of all charges.

If you believe we can help you in your case alleging sexual abuse, please call us at (850) 434-9304 or contact us online to discuss your legal options. Mr. Jenkins can be reached after hours at his home office at (850) 474-4182.