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Solicitation First-Time Offenders May Face Heightened Penalties

Facing charges of having solicited a prostitute has never been an easy experience. The consequences of simply being charged, let alone being convicted, have always had a major impact on people's lives.

In the past, one of the main difficulties a person might have faced if they were charged with soliciting a prostitute could have been the potential for disruption of the marriage and family life. In recent years as the Internet has become a repository for more and more public records, a person's friends or employer may learn about their charges online, leading to a range of problems from being publicly shamed to loss of a job.

Another penalty of child pornography conviction: restitution

It should not be surprising to anyone that criminal charges related to the possession, distribution or creation of child pornography are taken very seriously by state and federal authorities. For the most part, people generally understand that these charges can prove to be ruinous.

Not only can a conviction mean a tarnished reputation and destroyed personal relationships, it can also mean several years in prison and the requirement to register as a sex offender. However, many people may forget or fail to realize that a conviction on child pornography charges can also mean that a person will be required to pay restitution to victims.

US Supreme Court: Sex offender's sentence unconstitutional

In this blog, we often discuss the fact that sex offenders can receive some of the most aggressive criminal sentences if convicted. There is the potential for lengthy prison sentences, life-long registry as a sex offender and the permanent stigma of being convicted of a sex crime.

However, sentencing tactics have been closely scrutinized because they seem to increasingly toe the line between creative punishment and a violation of a person's civil rights. One case was recently heard by the U.S. Supreme Court and highlights the questionable -- and potentially unconstitutional -- nature of some sentences for sex offenses.

5 types of people often named in sex abuse cases

Sex abuse and other types of sex-related misconduct are very serious allegations that people across Florida can end up facing. These cases can be particularly complicated because the often boil down to one person's word against someone else's.

Figuring out who is telling the truth is something that is typically left up to a judge or a jury. In these situations, a defendant's character, sexual history and relationship with an alleged victim are put under a microscope, which is something that can be extremely difficult to deal with alone, especially when you have a relationship with the person making the accusations.

Signs that may lead to a report of child sexual abuse

Being accused of sexually abusing a child can be ruinous. This is a particularly sensitive crime that is taken very seriously by police officers and prosecutors who will often go to great lengths to secure a conviction.

However, it is crucial to remember that if you are in this situation, you are innocent until proven guilty. There have been countless instances of parents, relatives and other adults being wrongfully accused of sexually abusing a child who are ultimately cleared of the offense. In many of these cases, a person is accused and investigated based on suspicions reported to police which are ultimately dismissed.

What are the penalties for prostitution in Florida?

If you have been accused of prostitution or solicitation of a prostitute, you are in a very upsetting situation. You could be embarrassed, angry and even scared about the potential consequences you could be facing, so it can be essential for you to understand your legal options and rights.

First and foremost, if you are in this situation, you must remember that you have the right to speak with an attorney and defend yourself against criminal charges. Too many people make the mistake of simply pleading guilty or choosing to not fight the allegations, but this will typically lead to some very harsh penalties. In order to appreciate how important it can be to speak with an attorney and defend yourself against these charges, we will look at the penalties that can be ordered when a person is convicted of prostitution in Florida.

Sex offender treatment programs and incarceration

If you are convicted on allegations of child pornography, statutory rape, solicitation of a minor or other similar sex-related criminal offenses, you are facing a very difficult and uncertain future. One thing that many people in this position will undoubtedly face, however, is incarceration as part of their sentence.

The length, level and destination of imprisonment depend on the details of your offense, as well as your criminal history. In some cases, a person may be sentenced to a prison with treatment programs available for sex offenders, while others will be housed with and treated like any other type of convicted criminal.

Man, 33, will spend rest of his life in prison for sex offenses

It was just two days after a 33-year-old man had completed his sentence for one sex offense before he committed another, according to reports. Now, instead of finally being able to focus on the future and putting his offense behind him, the man will be spending the rest of his life in prison.

This case should serve as a very harsh reminder of how conviction on one sex offense can prove to be ruinous. It should also serve as an example of how seriously authorities and prosecutors take allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors.

The severe impact of being required to register as a sex offender

If you have been convicted of a sex crime or are facing charges stemming from a sex offense, there is no doubt that your entire life can be turned upside down. You may have lost relationships with friends of family members, your job and your standing in the community in light of such damaging allegations.

Every criminal conviction has the potential to seriously upset a person's life and future, but conviction of a sex crime can be especially damaging due to the unique penalties that may be ordered. This includes the requirement to register as a sex offender, which can prove to be just as devastating as a jail sentence.

What are Florida's consent laws?

Defending against claims of sexual assault or misconduct can be extremely difficult. There are always at least two sides to an accusation and many times, a case boils down to one person's word against someone else's. This is why it can be crucial to have the support of a criminal defense attorney if you are facing charges related to a sex crime.

One common defense that people have when they are in this situation is that they did not believe they were violating any laws because the other party consented. Consent can play a crucial role in a criminal case and proving that consent was legally established can be the difference between being acquitted and being convicted.

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