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December 2015 Archives

What are Florida's sexual battery laws?

In many states, most sex crimes are given their own classification, treated as separate crimes. This is not the case with Florida law, where many different sex-related crimes all fall under the umbrella of sexual battery. Previously independent crimes such as rape and sodomy are examples of the types of offenses that fall under sexual battery laws. As a result of this, the statutes, defenses and requirements are the same for many sex crimes in Florida.

Drug possession in Florida

Almost every citizen in the United States knows that many types of drugs and controlled substances are illegal to manufacture, distribute and even possess. Simply being found with a few grams of cocaine on your person or in your car could be enough to land you in prison for years and give you a criminal record. In Florida, possession of many of these substances is a third-degree felony, meaning the legal penalties are extremely severe.

Legal defense is critical for violent crime accusations

As with most states, the Florida legal system is extremely punishing when it comes to violent crimes. The penalties of violent crimes such as homicide, murder, assault and battery often include significant fines and jail time. Even being accused of such acts can cause irreparable damage to a person's reputation. When your friends, neighbors and, in the worst cases, children see you in a prison jumpsuit with your hands and feet shackled, it can be hard to regain the respect you lose.

Prior convictions could hurt Florida suspects' cases

One of the most concerning things about being convicted of a crime is the permanent record you will have. Even for minor crimes, though the fines or jail time may be relatively short and simple, you will always have a criminal record to deal with for the rest of your life. This can make it harder for you to find gainful employment, affect your standing in a community and even play against you in a court of law.

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