Sex Crimes & Child Abuse

Jessica J. Travis has successfully taken all many serious sex crimes to jury trial.  While children should be protected, Jessica has seen many of these accusations stem from failing relationships.  Cases involving sex allegations or children carry very high sentences and should not be taken lightly.  Jessica is experienced in the special motions and techniques required to defend these types of allegations.

Defenses to Sex Crimes & Child Abuse:

  • False allegations:
    • Child interviewed improperly – in circumstances or by person who made suggestions to child.  (Jessica J. Travis has filed motions seeking to exclude suggestive child interviews.)
    • Child influenced by biased party (ex-wife, etc).
    • Child motive – Wants to live with other parent, avoid being grounded, etc.
  • Lack of corroborating physical proof – no injuries or DNA.
  • Any injury is a result of accident or medical condition.
  • Other person is offender.
  • Child abuse based on domestic battery:
    • Parent defending herself from attack by child.
    • Parent entitled to use reasonable physical discipline.

Types of Sex Crimes & Penalties:

There are numerous sex offenses in Florida.  Sentences vary depending on the exact nature of the conduct, the age of the victim and whether the offender held a position of trust at the time of the crime.  For the elements and penalties of Florida sex offenses, refer to the Florida Statutes.  Common Florida sex crimes are:

Types of Child Abuse & Penalties, Florida Statutes, Section 827.03:

  • Child Abuse/ Neglect of Child, Intentionally or by culpable negligence inflicting physical or mental harm on someone under age 18: 3rd degree felony carrying up to 5 years prison/ probation and/ or $5,000 fine.
  • Child Abuse with great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement: 2nd degree felony carrying up to 15 years prison/ probation and/ or $10,000 fine.
  • Aggravated Child Abuse, willfully tortures, maliciously punishes or cages: 1st degree felony carrying up to 30 years prison and/ or $10,000 fine.

Protect yourself.  Call The Travis Law Firm, PLLC for a free consultation on Brevard County, Florida sex crime and child abuse accusations.  321-728-7280. 

Note:  Florida laws are constantly changing.  Please contact a Florida criminal defense attorney to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the crime, penalties and defenses that you are researching.  The information on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon in making important decisions.