Sex Crime Attorney

Merely the accusation of a sex crime can jeopardize your well-being and cause socially devastating consequences. Society is quicker than ever to draw hasty conclusions, relying on mob mentality and uninformed opinions. Status as a potential sex offender carries such social stigma that immediate legal defense is the only viable solution to safeguarding the integrity of your reputation. Let us protect your future with swift, razor-sharp representation. Together we can enforce your rights and help get your charges reduced or dismissed altogether. It is never too late to get an experienced sex crime attorney to defend your case.

Have you been contacted by law enforcement?

If law enforcement has contacted you about a potential sex crime, rape or lascivious conduct with a minor, please call us immediately. Utilizing our expertise and connections, we have resolved numerous cases before law enforcement even contacted the state attorney’s office or filed charges. We have also handled thornier, more complex cases in which charges were filed. In those situations, we have beaten those charges and helped get them dismissed before going to trial. Either way, our clients now sleep soundly knowing that our intervention effected not only the preservation of their reputations but also the security of their futures. 


» Don’t let your record get ruined. «


When law enforcement files a case with a clerk of the court, the court instantly creates a record of it. Over the past decade, however, we have prevented law enforcement from filing in countless cases, ensuring that our clients’ records stay clean. Thanks to our relationship with the state attorney’s office, we’ve encountered overwhelming success in writing directly to the prosecutor to stop the creation of a case number in its tracks. We have fine-tuned our strategies of precise, proactive intervention to secure the most advantageous outcome for all of our clients. We are always three steps ahead of the system, and we know there are options available for you. Call us now so we can review your situation together.


» What else sets us apart? «


We utilize the best personnel for polygraphs, lie detectors and psycho-sexual evaluations.  If law enforcement has asked you to take a lie detector test, call us first.  Our polygraph (lie detector) analysts are former FBI agents, usually with far greater experience, and respect from the court than those used by local law enforcement or Federal agents.

Types of Sex Crime Charges in Florida

Attorney Matthews R. Bark, who has spearheaded the successful defense of hundreds of clients across central Florida, is well-versed in the complex law surrounding a range of sex crimes. Below are some of the most common categories:


• Sexual Battery
• Sexual Assault
• Lewd and Lascivious Conduct
• Traveling to Meet a Minor
• Possession of Child Pornography
 • Indecency with a Child
• Sex Offender Registration Violations


A sex crime conviction typically results in registering as a sex offender for the rest of your life in Florida. As such it is crucial that you act even before the filing of your charge. With your reputation and livelihood on the line, prudence mandates that you proceed with a sense of urgency in seeking out qualified legal defense. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can embark on your path to redemption.

I have been accused of rape. What do I do now?


An accusation of rape is investigated by law enforcement before any charges can be made. Once the investigation is complete, the prosecutor will receive and review the results. If the evidence is sufficient to meet the burden of proof, the prosecutor can and will file charges to have you brought into court to answer said charges. You must consult an attorney and solidify your legal defense as soon as possible to protect your future.

Do not talk to the police and retain counsel immediately. Depending on your exact situation, it may be advisable to cut communication off with your accuser and keep a log of any previous conversations and arguments. Above all, speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney promptly.

What if a minor shows me a fake ID? Am I still at fault?


You can still be charged with statutory rape even if the minor presented a fake ID indicating that s/he was of legal age.

Once convicted of statutory rape in Florida, you must register as a sex offender every year for the rest of your life. To reiterate, evidence of the use of a fake ID is not a legitimate justification in the eyes of the law–it is a mitigating factor at best.


However, the aforementioned is not the only factor that can bolster your defense. A skilled sex crime attorney can not only pinpoint several other mitigating factors in your situation but also draw on the nuances of the law to expose evidence sufficient enough to drop or reduce your charges.


The best possible outcome of your case depends on your age as well. Florida statue 943.04354, also known as the “Romeo and Juliet” measure, includes a provision that allows a young convicted sex offender to remove his/her name from the registry permanently as long as certain conditions are met. At the very least, there can be no more than four years of difference between the age of the offender and that of the victim, who must have been between the ages of 14-17 at the time of the violation.

Otherwise, sex conviction entails lifetime registry as a sex offender. Take no chances. Contact attorney Matthews R. Bark to safeguard your life now.

Free Sex Crime Case Evaluation

If you have been accused of or charged with a sex crime, do not hesitate to discuss your situation with an attorney. We are open 24/7 and ready to handle your case. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Matthews R. Bark, P.A. have a proven record of producing results in a timely and cost-effective manner. Together we can enforce your rights, get charges reduced and dismissed altogether. It is never too early to get an experienced sex crime attorney to defend your case. Contact us online, or by telephone toll-free at (407) 865-8888.

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