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What Does It Mean to Distribute Child Pornography?

Crimes involving children, especially charges involving child pornography, are very serious. But, you might be wondering, in the instance of child pornography, is it worse to consume it vs. distribute it? In this brief article, a child pornography attorney in Tampa with our team at The Rickman Law Firm shares what you need to know […]...

What are the Penalties for Child Pornography?

Child pornography charges are very serious and can result in major damage to your reputation, family, career, and life in general. Unfortunately, you may be wrongfully accused of having child pornography, even if the images you viewed were downloaded by mistake or were sent to you by someone else. To help you understand what to […]...

Understanding the Statutes of Limitations for Sex Crimes

The statute of limitations, or the amount of time between when a crime is committed and when a case can be opened, is often a murky area to understand. From state to state, the statute of limitations on sex crimes can vary, and if you’ve been involved in a possible sex crime you’re likely wondering […]...

Can Consensual Sex be a Crime?

If you are involved in a sex act with another person who gave their consent, you might think you’re in the clear and aren’t engaging in any illegal activities. Unfortunately, you might be surprised to learn that there are instances when consensual sex is a crime in the state of Florida. In this brief article, […]...

Is it Statutory Rape When Two Minors Are Involved?

It’s an age-old question that comes around every few years: If two lovestruck teens engage in sexual activity, is it statutory rape? What about if one party is just a few years older than the other and over the course of dating, one party is over 18 while the other is under 18?  A federal […]...

Can Statutory Rape Charges Arise After the Victim is 18 in Florida?

If you’ve engaged in sexual activity with someone under the age of 18, you may be concerned about being accused of statutory rape after the relationship ends. When feelings are hurt, you may worry (rightfully so) that the other person or their parents might file charges against you in anger. Once they turn 18, you […]...

Protection From Sexting: What To Do If You’ve Been Catfished by a Minor

The term “catfished,” coined by a 2007 documentary featuring Nev Schulman, is defined by Miriam Webster as “to lure (someone) or be lured into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.” Often, we hear the side of the story from the minor who was “catfished” by an older person, but we don’t often […]...

Penalties for Conviction of Sexual Battery in Florida

It’s been estimated that only around 10% of all reported sex crimes in Florida ever make it to trial, but of that 10%, the number of cases that lead to a conviction is a much higher percentage. For those who are convicted of sex crimes in the state of Florida, the penalties can be detrimental. […]...

How Long Does Sexual Abuse of a Child Stay On Your Record?

If you’ve been accused of sexual abuse of a child, sometimes called child molestation, it can have devastating effects on your family and your life. Your children can be taken away permanently and you can lose the right to spend time with any future children you have. These charges can even impact your job prospects. […]...

How Alcohol Factors into False Allegations of Sexual Assault

According to a study performed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, conservative estimates of sexual assault prevalence suggest that 25% of American women have experienced sexual assault, including rape. Of that number, approximately half of those cases involved alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, victim, or both. Alcohol can often complicate sexual assault […]...

Case Results

Hillsborough County DUI Dismissed

Defendant was arrested for DUI, despite assertions by the police that she was impaired it was shown that she was not under the influence and the state dropped the DUI charge....
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DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE CHARGE REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING

The Client was stopped by a police officer who accused the Client of trying to drag race him and charged him with Driving Under the Influence. Anthony Rickman conveyed to the State that the Client...
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POSSESSION OF CANNABIS CHARGE NOLLE PROSSED/DUI REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING

The Client was charged with Possession of Cannabis and Driving Under the Influence as well as a Traffic Infraction. Attorney Anthony Rickman succeeding in getting the State to Nolle Prosse the Possession of Cannabis charge...
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