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Have You or a Loved One Been Accused of a Sex Crime?

If you or your loved one has been accused of a sex crime, our knowledgeable attorneys are committed to providing comprehensive representation 24/7. We understand the legal and personal ramifications of sex crime allegations, which can be overwhelming and distressing without expert legal guidance. Our approach to these sensitive cases combines discretion with an in-depth understanding of the law.

Jaimie Washo Spivey and John Spivey bring over 45 years of combined experience in criminal law, explicitly offering specialized defense in sex crime cases. Their extensive background, ranging from prosecution in Lake and Sumter Counties to conducting complex jury trials, equips them with a distinct perspective and skill set crucial for effectively navigating the intricacies of sex crime defense.

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Ultimately, a sex crime occurs when a person (male or female) sexually abuses or instigates forced sexual relations through psychological and physical manipulation. Sex crime charges attract public criticism and ridicule to the point where the person charged may feel as though they are presumed guilty by law enforcement.

If you are fighting accusations of sexual offense, our team is here to help. Our Tavares sex crimes attorneys are available for legal representation for criminal cases in Sumter County. Partner with Washo & Spivey to fight for your rights in and out of the courtroom. Our office is strategically located right next to the Lake County Courthouse and Lake County Jail for maximum convenience and efficiency.

Common Types of Sex Offenses in Florida

Sex offense charges, varying from misdemeanors to felonies, cover a spectrum of serious allegations. These involve child molestation, crimes involving minors, sexual abuse, public indecency, inappropriate touching of genitals, rubbing genitals through clothing, acts of masturbation, and instances of sexual assault. Legal consequences for such offenses can be severe, and demand specialized legal representation.

Sexual Battery

Sexual battery in Florida is legally defined as non-consensual oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object. Sexual battery is a serious felony offense with penalties varying based on factors like the use of force or violence and whether the perpetrator used drugs or a weapon to as a means of coercion.

Lewd & Lascivious Conduct

Lewd and lascivious conduct refers to any indecent or obscene act performed in the presence of or on a person under the age of 16 with the intent to satisfy the sexual desires of either the person committing the act or the minor. This includes behaviors such as touching, fondling, or engaging in sexual activity that does not necessarily result in penetration.

Child Pornography

Our firm has extensive experience working with experts to navigate the technological defenses that arise with IP addresses, external and internal, and other potential defenses to the crime of possession or creation of child pornography.

Lewd & Lascivious Molestation

Molestation involves inappropriate sexual activity with or in the presence of a minor under the age of 16. This crime includes actions such as touching the breasts, genitals, buttocks, or the clothing covering these areas of a minor in a lewd or lascivious manner, or forcing or enticing a minor to do the same. The law categorizes these actions based on the age of the offender and the minor, with penalties increasing if the offender is over 18.

Traveling to Meet a Minor

Traveling to meet a minor refers to an adult traveling any distance with the intent to engage in sexual activity with a person believed to be a minor. Our legal team has extensive experience in representing individuals charged with traveling to meet an minor using defenses such as entrapment, alibi, and technology errors.

Sexual Assault

In Florida, sexual assault is more commonly referred to under the legal term “sexual battery.” According to Florida law, sexual battery is defined as the oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by the sexual organ of another or any other object without the consent of the victim. This definition encompasses a range of non-consensual sexual activities beyond just forcible rape, including instances where the victim is unable to consent due to incapacitation, coercion, or physical or mental disability.

Indecent Exposure

Indecent exposure refers to the deliberate display of one’s genitals in public, causing alarm or offense. This act is considered a misdemeanor punishable by 1 year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.


According to Florida Statute 796.07, Prostitution is described as “the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire.” It is criminalized in many areas due to concerns about exploitation, human trafficking, and public decency. Penalties for those involved in prostitution can range from fines to imprisonment, with laws frequently extending to penalize individuals who solicit these services as well.

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If you are looking for the best criminal defense attorneys to represent you or a loved one against sex crime allegations Washo & Spivey Law Firm should be your first call. Give us a call or submit a form request to schedule a consultation with a Tavares sex crime attorney, Bushnell sex crime attorney, or The Villages sex crime attorney.

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