A criminal conviction represents a big regret for many people in Florida who may, many years ago, have run into trouble with the law. Even though they may have moved past it a long time ago, it continues to haunt them in the form of a criminal record -- something that can come to the fore when they apply for employment or housing.
It may seem obvious, but criminal charges are extremely serious, and you must defend against them. In a perfect world, if you were charged with a crime and you were innocent, you would not have to worry about a thing. Unfortunately, even if you are innocent, you could still be convicted if the prosecution makes a better case for your guilt than you make for your innocence. In Florida, just like the other states, you are innocent until proven guilty; however, that does not mean that you don't have to defend your innocence.
In 2003, a 20-year-old kid from Florida was having a typical drunken night of revelry with his friends. Before falling asleep that night, he agreed to let his roommate borrow his car, something he’d done on many occasions. When he woke up, his life had changed forever.
According to the United States Department of Justice, the state of Louisiana ranks the highest in the country in the rate of incarcerations. Before you start congratulating your own state, know that Florida sits firmly in the number seven spot on that dubious list--and that's in a country that, by percentage, puts more people behind bars than any other in the world.