New Florida Laws Crack Down on Child Sex Predators

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Governor Rick Scott signed four sex predator bills into law. Child sex abuse lawyer Michael Steinger says the laws are an important step forward but more can be done.

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Ms. Thompson and all the other parents, activists and lawmakers who worked so hard on this have done a wonderful thing.

Four new bills were signed into state law last week to crack down on child sexual predators. Michael Steinger, a child sex abuse attorney and founder of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, says the laws close loopholes and toughen penalties—but do little to help victims themselves.

The new laws were driven in part by recent high profile child abduction cases, according to Jacksonville 4 News (retrieved 4.6.2014). Diena Thompson, whose 8-year-old daughter Somer Thompson was abducted and murdered, has worked actively to get the legislation passed.

“Ms. Thompson and all the other parents, activists and lawmakers who worked so hard on this have done a wonderful thing,” Steinger said. “These laws will help prevent sex criminals from getting off on a technicality or being released from prison early.”

But Steinger says more progress is needed in address sex crimes against children, especially in how victims and their families are treated.

“There is nothing more traumatic than a child being violated in this way,” Steinger said. “Most of our laws are built around punishing the offenders, which is important, but we also need to help rebuild lives.”

Steinger said that many families don’t realize they have options for legal compensation that can help pay for counseling and medical bills.

“Find a lawyer you trust and ask about your options,” he advised. “It can never be erased, but it is possible to make a new start.”

About Steinger, Iscoe & Greene:
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is a proven legal team whose number one goal is to get injury victims throughout Florida and California every dollar they truly deserve for their injuries. Since 1997, the firm’s lawyers have successfully handled cases including: auto accidents, bicycle accidents, birth injuries, child sexual abuse and medical malpractice. The entire legal team is committed to representing and fighting for injury victims’ best interests, giving each client insight into Florida law and their rights.

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is a legal team with more than 30 lawyers and 140 legal professionals. With offices throughout South Florida - Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Port St Lucie, Okeechobee, Ft Myers, Orlando and Tampa – and most recently in San Diego, California, the firm is ready to advocate for the best interests of injury victims coast-to-coast Steinger, Iscoe & Greene also offers the No Fee Guarantee®, which means “you don’t owe us any money unless we get money for you.”

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