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Prostitution stings: What law enforcement agents are looking for

State and federal law enforcement agencies are aggressive in their pursuit to track down and "bust up" alleged prostitution rings. Sometimes we read about these stings in the news or see them played back on TV shows that document police activity; but while these stings can often be sensationalized in the media, the fact is that they have very real consequences for real people.

Many people caught up in these enforcement efforts may not fit the description of what the police are really looking for. They may be first-time offenders, non-violent people who have made a bad decision or people who would have not engaged in such behaviors without the enticement of a law enforcement agent (entrapment). What police are typically looking for, and the reason they are so aggressive in their actions, is juveniles. 

Charges can pile up when you are accused of sex crimes

If you are accused of sexual misconduct, especially when it involves minors, the fact is that you could be in some very serious trouble. In many cases, you will be looking at several charges, each with its own potential for severe consequences.

For example, a person accused of traveling to meet a minor for the purposes of engaging in illicit behaviors will likely be charged with multiple offenses in conjunction with this act. It can be crucial that each charge be taken seriously and aggressively defended with the help of an attorney.

Civil commitment: Another measure of control for sex offenders

We have discussed the many ways a person's life can be affected after being convicted of a sexually-related crime. Any criminal conviction can be devastating and significantly upset a person's family, career and future, but conviction of a sex offense can result in additional measures that can seem extraneous.

For instance, convicted sex offenders can be required to register as such with the state. They can be prohibited from holding certain jobs and living in certain areas. Involuntary Inpatient Placement in mental health treatment facility could also be ordered. This last measure of control is allowed under the terms of the Baker Act and is referred to in some areas as civil commitment.

Sex offenders in Florida: What you need to know about Halloween

Many people look forward to Halloween as a time to carve pumpkins, dress up in a costume or hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. But for people who have been convicted of a sex offense, Halloween can be just another reminder that they made a mistake and are still paying the price for it.

Numerous states in the U.S., including Florida, have laws that limit the activities of sex offenders on Halloween. Some states require people who are registered as sex offenders to put out a sign saying "No candy;" other states permit police to randomly check on registered sex offenders to make sure they are home and don't have their lights on; in Florida, paroled sex offenders are prohibited from wearing a costume on Halloween or passing out candy. All these measures are aimed at protecting people and preventing recidivism, but are they even effective?

Florida man facing federal charges after undercover investigation

While criminal charges of any kind can be devastating, few are as potentially ruinous as those involving child pornography allegations. Charges of making, having or distributing these materials can destroy a person's family, reputation and career, and a conviction can mean extremely harsh penalties, including lengthy prison sentences.

This is the situation one Florida man is facing after an undercover FBI agent launched an investigation into child pornography networks in Jacksonville. The man was recently arrested and charged after the investigation reportedly tied him to unlawful activities.

How often do sex offenders have to re-register in Florida?

Of all the consequences that are associated with a criminal conviction, being required to register as a sex offender is one of the most devastating. Prison sentences can be bad enough to seriously damage a person's future, career or family, but people who are also required to register as a sex offender can find it all but impossible to move on from a conviction when they have to regularly comply with sex offender registry requirements.

Being a registered sex offender often involves much more than simply checking in with law enforcement agents after moving or being released from a correctional facility. Depending on the nature of a crime for which a person has been convicted or found delinquent, a sexual offender or predator will need to re-register two or four times every year unless or until the requirement to register is lifted or expires.

When teens face criminal sexual charges, legal help is crucial

Being charged with a criminal offense at any age can be devastating. But when young adults or teens are in this situation, they could be facing a lifetime of consequences for a youthful mistake.

Young people are far from perfect. They act without thinking, or they may engage in certain behaviors because they think it makes them cool or popular. Much of this is due to their immaturity and the fact that their brains and reasoning capabilities are still developing. This is why it can be crucial to protect them from overly harsh consequences if they break a law or make a mistake.

Defending against allegations of a sex crime

Sexual abuse or assault charges can be among the most divisive in the criminal justice system. The public will often pass judgment long before a court does, and if someone is ultimately convicted of a sex crime, he or she will often face extremely harsh penalties.

But it is essential for people to remember that allegations of a sexually-related offense are no different from other criminal offenses in that the accused is innocent until proven guilty and has the right to defend against the charges. However, crafting a defense strategy in these cases can be a much more delicate process because of the nature of the alleged crimes and the sympathy that many alleged victims often receive.

What is entrapment?

One of the most ruinous experiences a person can be faced with is being charged with a sex crime. Whether the charges involve minors, solicitation or assault, any accusation that includes sexual misconduct can prove to be devastating.

However, being charged with an offense is not the same as being convicted. There are multiple ways of defending against these types of charges in order to avoid a conviction. One potential defense is entrapment. Many people may have heard this term before but do not understand if or how it may apply to their situation. 

Federal court tosses out child pornography conviction

Being convicted of child pornography charges can destroy a person's life. In many cases, a person will face harsh prison sentences and a lifetime of registering as a sex offender. Having this kind of offense on a criminal record can also result in seriously limited work and living opportunities.

Because of how damaging these convictions can be, it is crucial that child pornography charges not be taken lightly. Having legal representation to defend against allegations can be essential, especially considering the fact that authorities will typically go to great lengths and utilize vast resources to secure a conviction. However, they can make mistakes that violate a person's rights, which can result in the dismissal of charges. 

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