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3 Florida students charged with felony drug trafficking

Being in college is an exciting time for any student. Young people get more freedom, they are exploring what they want to do with their lives and they are learning about being independent and responsible. However, college can also mean a lack of supervision, anxiety about classes and financial concerns.

It is those last three factors that can make it tempting for students to take risks and break the law. For example, some Florida students turn to drugs, whether it be using, selling or trafficking them. Law enforcement agents know this and they often perform extensive investigations in an effort to identify anyone involved in illegal drug behavior.

Navigating the holidays as a registered sex offender

People all across Florida look forward to the holiday season. It's a time of year to be with friends and family and there are usually a lot of events going on, so it can be very exciting. However, it can also be quite stressful, particularly if you are unable to participate in or attend all the events and gatherings you'd like to.

This is a situation that people who are required to register as sex offenders often have to cope with. Despite the fact that the holidays are supposed to be joyful, they can be a harsh and unfortunate reminders of past mistakes and people in this situation can find themselves struggling to get through this time of year while also sticking to the conditions set by the courts.

Traffic violation highlights stigma of sex offender registration

We often discuss the stigma that comes with being a registered sex offender. In fact, it is one of the harshest penalties of a sex crime conviction but many people fail to appreciate just how much of a person's life can be affected by that label.

For instance, even if you were convicted of a sexually-related crime at a time before you matured or got some much-needed counseling, you can be understandably upset when you are still defined by that act. The conviction may come up in job interviews, when signing rental agreements and when you meet someone with whom you want a serious relationship. Further, it can create a stain on your criminal record that is seen in every future run-in with the law.

Surprising findings on Internet sex offenders

People have a pretty common -- and often misguided -- opinion on what a sex offender looks like and how he or she behaves. However, the truth is that every person, every case and every offense is different.

Unfortunately, there is a tendency to lump every offender together and write them off as dangerous and even mentally unstable. This can be a harmful thing to do because it can lead to mistreating or ignoring people who do not fall under that umbrella of what people think a sex offender is which can only make the problem worse.

Man ordered to register as sex offender gets new sentence

Readers of this blog may remember a post from September when we discussed a story that had been making headlines about a man who received a harsh sentence for having sex with a 14-year-old girl. This is an update on that post, which can be read in full here, as a judge has recently handed down a new sentence.

According to reports, the 19-year-old man received two years of probation and, perhaps more importantly, he will no longer have to register as a sex offender in one of the two states in which he was originally required to register. 

Non-citizens: what to know if you are charged with sexual offense

Facing criminal charges of any nature can be frightening for any person. However, if you are not a U.S. citizen, you could be at risk of facing deportation if you are accused of criminal activity.

If you have been charged with a crime and are either in the U.S. without proper documentation or are a lawful permanent resident, you could be forced to leave the country if you are convicted of a crime. This could include misdemeanors, felonies, violent and non-violent crimes. However, if you are in this situation, you may be able to avoid deportation if the criminal activity of which you have been accused qualifies you for U non-immigrant visa eligibility.

Could changes in California search laws affect Floridians?

There are many laws and ideals that form the foundation of the criminal justice system in this country, including the right to legal representation and the fact that people are presumed innocent until proven guilty. These rights stand the test of time and will likely never change.

However, there are some rules and practices for how our criminal justice system operates that may not be quite as immutable. For example, when the laws regarding legal searches and seizures were put into place, there was no reason to ever consider how they would be affected by the advent and rampant use of personal cellphones. Because of this, some states are refining and redefining existing privacy laws to reflect searches of cellphones.

3 things to remember if you are arrested in Florida

Getting arrested for any crime can be extremely scary. Once you realize you are being arrested, you may lash out or do things you normally wouldn't out of fear.

However, whether you believe you did anything wrong or not, you must understand that you are innocent until proven guilty. This can be difficult to remember when you're being put in the back of a police car in handcuffs, but it will be crucial that you avoid doing anything that can make the situation worse.

What acts are prohibited when communicating with minors online?

When people are chatting with other people online, there is a very real sense of anonymity. Screen names, false email addresses and even fake profile pictures can make a person feel like they can do and say things they'd never do or say if they were using their real information.

However, generally speaking, people aren't truly anonymous. Federal and state law enforcement agencies have sophisticated resources to identify and track down people who do illegal things online. So while you may be able to conceal your identity from someone with whom you are chatting, you may not be able to hide from the police. With this in mind, you should understand the actions that could be considered illegal if you are chatting with a minor online.

Teen placed on sex offender registry to be re-sentenced

Readers of this blog may remember a post we wrote in June about a 17-year-old boy convicted and sentenced for having sex with a girl who was 14. In that post, which can be read in full here, we discussed the fact that the girl lied about her age and the sentence seemed heavy-handed and unnecessarily harsh.

The story captured national headlines and seemed to be the most recent example of a broken system destroying a person's future. However, a recent development in this case has given people some hope that things can change.

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