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After Disney World arrests, Florida lawmakers race to change laws

There are certain serious crimes that have a tendency to grab the spotlight in national news and make people feel outraged. Authorities and citizens may be shocked and demand that action be taken to prevent similar situations from occurring again. This is certainly the case with sexual offenses involving children.

However, there are many times when the actions that people propose are misdirected or overly aggressive. It is crucial that these steps be carefully considered in terms of the big picture so that one problem is not created in an attempt to resolve another. One very strong example of this is the recent move to allow employers to conduct polygraph tests on potential employees after a sting at Disney World in Orlando resulted in numerous arrests.

Computer and child pornography laws in Florida

Generally speaking, most people are not familiar with specific laws regarding serious offenses like sex crimes. People may just assume something is unlawful without really understanding the extent to which they can be charged for committing an offense. 

This can mean people often find themselves in much more trouble than they may realize if and when they are arrested for crimes involving sexual misconduct. For example, the act of visiting a website with the intent of meeting a minor can quickly result in a person being charged with multiple offenses. And when a person is facing multiple charges, there could be an increased likelihood of a conviction on at least one charge and serious consequences. 

Man accused of sexual assault in stepdaughter's college essay

Claims of sexual assault and abuse are among the most troubling and devastating claims of which a person can be accused, especially if the alleged victim is or was a child at the time. People who are charged with these types of sex crimes are aggressively pursued by authorities and publicly condemned by members of a community. Those who are ultimately convicted can face brutal conditions and threats to their physical safety if they are sentenced to prison.

That is the situation one man says he has experienced since he was accused of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter about 10 years ago. According to reports, the girl initially recounted her experiences in a college application essay.

Dozens arrested in Florida during federal sex trafficking sweep

Facing any type of criminal charge can be a truly upsetting experience. People can be looking at prison time, enormous fines, probation and a destroyed career and family if they are convicted. However, if these charges stem from an incident involving a sex crime, such as prostitution or child pornography, there can be additional penalties and even harsher treatment.

One reality of sex-related offenses is that they are extensively investigated by authorities who are determined to make as many arrests and file as many charges as they can. Law enforcement agents and prosecutors often spare no expense when it comes to sex crimes because of the nature of the crimes. However, this means that many people can get caught up in the extensive enforcement efforts, no matter how minor their role might be.

Florida woman facing charges for including minors in sex party

There are people in Florida and all across the country who do not approve of pornographic or sexually explicit materials. But even though it might be considered inappropriate or lewd, pornographic material is not illegal. The creation or distribution of the material is also not illegal in many circumstances.

However, the story changes dramatically if pornographic videos or photos involve minors. One young woman in Florida is learning that very harsh lesson after she was arrested for a number of charges stemming from a pornographic video she made with five other people.

Florida mom who had sex with minor granted asylum in Canada

It is no secret that state and federal authorities take sex crimes very seriously. Police and prosecutors are very aggressive in their attempts to uncover unlawful behavior, file charges and ultimately see that a person is convicted and sentenced for sexual misconduct.

However, there are some who would argue that the laws and penalties for certain violations are too extreme and harsh. For example, Canada recently granted a Florida mother asylum after she was charged with having sex with her son's 16-year-old friend. She was convicted on numerous counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and was facing 30 years in prison. According to reports, Canadian officials agreed that the punishment she was facing here in the U.S. was considered cruel and unusual.

State takes steps to ease sex offender requirements

Being accused, charged and convicted of a sex crime can be a ruinous event for people across Florida. They can lose their freedom, family and career seemingly in the blink of an eye. This can be true whether a person is charged with a relatively minor sexual misconduct or a serious and violent offense.

Sex offenses are taken especially seriously by authorities, the media and the public, no matter what the details of the offense may be. This means that a person who had consensual sex with a minor who is just one or two years younger can face similar treatment as a person convicted of repeated molestation. Not only is this unfair, it can also cause unnecessary damage to a person's life. 

Charged with a sex crime in Florida? What you need to know

There is no doubt that facing criminal charges stemming from alleged sexual misconduct with a minor can be a traumatic and frightening experience. Many people who end up in this situation are first-time offenders who have no idea what to expect, what their rights are or how they might be able to defend themselves.

This lack of knowledge can work against a person who has been accused of serious sex crimes in Florida. There are state and federal agencies with extensive resources and information at their disposal, which can often give them a significant advantage when it comes to pursuing criminal charges. However, people who are targeted or arrested by law enforcement should remember that they have the right to speak with an attorney who can help them understand what has happened, what is at stake and how to proceed with a defense.

Police make 71 arrests after 5-year child porn investigation

There are a lot of perceptions that people have in regards to different crimes. When it comes to criminal sexual conduct, for example, there is a definite stigma that goes along with that. Members of the public and media often make their assumptions known, but law enforcement agents are expected to respect every person's rights and enforce the laws fairly. However, there have been many cases when a person's civil rights are violated in the pursuit of a criminal conviction. This can add to the already-long list of challenges that a person accused of sexual misconduct in Florida can face.

People who are investigated, arrested, charged and tried for sex-related crimes already have a lot working against them. Besides the negative public reaction and aggressive nature of law enforcement tactics, the average person can be overwhelmed by the resources aimed at putting alleged sexual offenders behind bars. That is why it can be so crucial for a person in this situation to discuss their options with a criminal defense attorney. 

More than a dozen men charged in prostitution sting

Law enforcement agents across Florida spend enormous amounts of time, money and resources on planning and executing sex crime stings. It is not surprising, then, that they want their efforts to pay off. This generally means they want to arrest as many people as they can and file multiple charges against each person. These undercover stings can make a great headline in the news, but it is important not to lose sight of the individuals whose lives may dramatically change in the blink of an eye.

Recently, for example, police in Daytona Beach, Florida, announced that they had arrested 14 men during an undercover prostitution sting.

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