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Every person involved in act of prostitution can face charges

It may seem harmless to exchange money for sexual acts; people think that if participants on both ends of this transaction are willing and each get something out of the exchange, no one is getting hurt.

However, prostitution, solicitation of a prostitute, pandering and pimping are all against the law in Florida. Essentially, any person who is involved in the exchange of prostitution services can end up facing misdemeanor or felony charges and the potential for a criminal record and jail time if convicted. 

Legal defense crucial when you are facing sex crime allegations

Being accused of a sex crime, including those involving rape, sexual battery or child pornography, can be one of the most disastrous events in a person's life. Whether the allegations are accurate or not, defending against these claims can be vital.

Too many people make the mistake of assuming that the justice system is black and white. They think that a person is either innocent or guilty, and that only the people who are guilty will face punishment. But most cases fall somewhere in the middle, and navigating these gray areas can be enormously challenging for people without legal representation.

Repercussions of sex abuse allegations not just criminal

Oftentimes on this blog, we discuss the serious criminal consequences of being convicted of sex abuse or similar crimes. There is a very real potential for a person to be sentenced to jail and be required to register as a sex offender in Florida if convicted of a sex offense. 

However, there can also be severe financial consequences if a person is convicted. He or she can be required to pay huge fines and it can be difficult for that person to secure employment with a criminal record. Additionally, that person may also face civil lawsuits filed by alleged victims. One man in Florida, for example, is facing legal action after he recently won millions of dollars in the Florida lottery.

Child pornography convictions can mean a lifetime of consequences

In our country, there are certain criminal convictions that tend to carry with them a certain stigma. This stigma, once it is attached to someone, can be quite hard -- if not impossible -- to shake off. 

Child pornography convictions fall under this category. Not only are the state laws in Florida and the federal laws rather strict, the penalties associated with possessing, manufacturing or distributing child pornography are ones that will continue to haunt a person for years, if not his or her entire life. 

How big of an issue is recidivism in Florida?

The penalties and limitations that are put in place for people convicted of a sex crime are particularly harsh. Authorities and supporters of these measures argue that they are effective ways at reducing recidivism, or a relapse in criminal behaviors.

However, this has been a point of contention when it comes to sex offenders. It has been argued that many people convicted of sex crimes are not at a significant risk of engaging in repeat behaviors. They may have made a mistake, but there is no reason to suspect that they would continue to pose a danger to others. But the fear associated with these crimes can distort some of this information.

How time can be a factor in sexual abuse cases

Many people have been following the dramatic stories of sexual abuse that have been told about iconic actor and comedian, Bill Cosby. Currently, reports state that there are more than 20 women who have made statements that Cosby engaged in unlawful sexual conduct with them at some point. In some cases, the alleged events took place decades ago.

It has only been in recent weeks that several of the women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct spoke publicly about interactions that were alleged to have happened as long as 50 years ago. The fact that the events are said to have transpired so long ago could -- and likely will -- have a dramatic impact on the charges that Cosby may or may not ultimately face.

How can I prove that my criminal charges were due to entrapment?

Some of our recent posts have focused on the use of sting operations, which are a common law-enforcement tool used to catch would-be offenders. Most people are familiar with drug and prostitution stings, in which an undercover officer poses as a drug dealer or prostitute. Suspects are arrested after they attempt to buy drugs or sex.

Sting operations are also a very common practice when it comes to certain internet sex crimes. Officers may pose as a minor in a chat room or on a personal services website as a way to catch individuals who seek to solicit minors for sex.

Florida students involved in alleged prostitution ring

Teenagers can make some bad and dangerous decisions, no matter how much parents try to steer them in the right direction. Young people want to be treated like adults but they can still be impulsive and immature. They may also lack the capability to appreciate the consequences of their actions, which puts them in a difficult and confusing spot.

While teens want to be treated like adults, this desire to be seen as one could seriously work against them if they are accused of a serious criminal offense. This is the difficult lesson that two teenagers and one adult are learning after their recent arrests.

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.

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