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Charges add up quickly when it comes to sexual offenses

Most people use a computer every single day. We are often within an arm's reach of a device that allows us to chat, text, browse the Internet, check email and catch up on Facebook, Snapchat and other social media.

Considering how prevalent technology and digital communication is in our daily lives, people don't always appreciate the fact that each interaction we have online could potentially lead to criminal charges if it is against the law. For example, you may interact with dozens of people on a regular basis. But if one of those people is a minor, you could wind up accused of not just one criminal offense, but multiple offenses.

The trauma of a false assault allegation on students

Sexual assault is certainly a troubling issue, and one that has been discussed and debated at length in the college environment. In recent years, it seems more and more people are coming forward to report such incidents at school. At the same time, unfortunately, reports about shoddy investigation practices and unfairly harsh penalties have also come to light.

This has created an atmosphere of considerable concern not just for those students who have allegedly been assaulted but also for those students who have been punished and kicked out of school for false or embellished accusations.

Defending against allegations of sexual assault

Accusations of sexual assault or abuse are legal matters that should never be taken lightly. Whether the statements are true or not, the fact is they can do serious damage to a person's reputation, family, community standing and future.

However, while it can feel like you have already been found guilty, the fact is you are innocent until proven otherwise. In order to prove otherwise and avoid conviction and further damage to your life, you work with an attorney familiar with defending against allegations of sexual assault.

Certain elements can lead to escalated drug charges

Any type of allegation related to illicit drugs has the potential for harsh legal consequences. However, there are some charges that come with more severe penalties than others. If you are accused of a drug crime, you should understand that there are certain elements than can affect the degree and type of charges filed.

Generally speaking, charges can be elevated or tacked on based on the amount and type of drug, location of an arrest and whether or not the person arrested has a criminal history.

Officer's failure to show up in court results in dropped charges

If you are accused of a crime, you need to understand that you are innocent until proven guilty. In order to prove guilt, prosecutors will collect evidence and have witnesses testify. However, if there is insufficient evidence or if witnesses with specific knowledge do not show up to testify in court, prosecutors may not have what they need to pursue a conviction and the charges can be dropped.

This is what happened recently for two young men who were facing charges of solicitation. According to reports, they were accused of offering an undercover officer money in exchange for sexual acts. 

Heroin addiction continues to be a concern in Orange County

For decades now, the so-called "war on drugs" has allowed state and federal law enforcement agencies to be particularly aggressive in efforts to identify and punish alleged drug offenders. Large-scale crackdowns, sophisticated sting operations and harsh penalties including mandatory minimums have led to a staggering number of people being arrested and imprisoned for drug-related offenses.

Despite these efforts, drug abuse is still a pervasive problem effecting people all over the U.S.; Orange County is no different. In fact, last month an undercover operation called Operation Snowplow resulted in the arrest of 15 people in connection with offenses related to heroin, adding to the more than 670 arrests made earlier in the year. 

What to know about using expert witnesses in criminal cases

If you have been accused of sexual misconduct in Florida, you could be facing some very serious penalties if you are convicted. In order to get a conviction, prosecutors often go to great lengths to build a case against you and prove to a judge or jury that you are guilty of violating state or federal laws. 

One such resource that they may use is an expert witness. However, it is important to know that both prosecutors and the defense can call in expert witnesses, so it can be crucial to understand what makes a witness an "expert" and how his or her testimony could affect your case.

Statutes of limitations for sex crimes in Florida

In a recent blog post, we discussed a development in the case against comedian Bill Cosby who had been accused of sexual assault by multiple women. In that post, we reported that he has officially been charged with aggravated indecent assault. 

We also mentioned that the window of time for the accuser to file charges was nearly closed; had a few more months passed, the statute of limitations would have prevented such charges from being filed. In this post, we would like to elaborate a little more on statutes of limitations and explain why they are especially crucial in cases involving sexual abuse or assault.

Evidence of online misconduct doesn't just disappear

Young people who were born and raised in this digital era often have a different opinion and appreciation of online interactions than people who went without things like Facebook and Google for much of their lives. They may be savvier with adopting new technology and able to better understand the capabilities and restrictions of different platforms.

However, this doesn't mean they don't make some bad or misguided decisions when it comes to the use of electronic communications. No matter what age you are or how familiar you may be with the Internet, you can still find yourself facing some serious criminal charges for breaking the law online.

Bill Cosby formally charged with sexual assault

The rumors and accusations that Bill Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted many women over the years have increasingly been in the news since comedian Hannibal Burress pointed out Cosby's moralizing hypocrisy as a part of his act. 

But on Wednesday, December 30, Cosby was officially charged with aggravated indecent assault over an incident at Temple University in 2004. The comedian faces felony charges from one of the more than 50 women who have described having been drugged and assaulted by Cosby. 

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