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Orlando Sex Offense Law Blog

Can I be fired for committing a sex crime?

While there are laws that prohibit Florida employers from firing a person for an illegal reason (like discrimination or retaliation), it is legal to fire someone who is facing allegations of committing an illegal offense in.

What this means is that you can lose your job if your boss finds out you are facing criminal charges. Even if your employer does not care about the offense itself, the fact is that certain elements of criminal charges can jeopardize your employment, among other relationships.

Synthetic drug crimes easier to prosecute in FL starting in July

Drug offenses are taken very seriously by federal and state lawmakers and law enforcement agencies. They will typically utilize every tool at their disposal to pursue charges of selling and/or manufacturing illicit drugs.

This just got easier thanks to changes that will be made to Florida laws. The new legislation, which goes into effect in July, changes how illegal drugs are defined in this state. Beginning in a few months, possession of drugs that are "substantially similar" to those identified as illegal can be grounds for arrest and prosecution.

Facing sex crime charges? Your profession could be on the line

When you are accused of a crime, your entire world can be turned upside in the blink of an eye. However, these cases can take quite some time to resolve. In between the time you are accused and the time your case comes to a close, retaining some semblance of normalcy in your life can help immensely.

Unfortunately, this can be extraordinarily difficult if and when the crime of which you have been accused is related to sexual misconduct. You may want or need to continue working if only to earn a paycheck. However, if you suffer professional penalties as a result of the allegations against you, this can be all but impossible.

Sex crime conviction can do more than hurt your criminal record

If you are reading this blog, then it is very likely you or your loved one is facing allegations of sexual misconduct. If this is the case, you need to understand that the situation must be taken very seriously, considering the potential consequences of conviction.

A person who is found guilty of or pleads guilty to charges involving a sex crime is at risk of ruinous penalties. You may already realize that it can mean a prison sentence and a stain on your criminal record, but it can do much more damage in terms of how and if you are able to provide for yourself and your family now and in the future.

Will DEA reschedule marijuana?

There has long been a fierce debate over the legalization of marijuana. Back when a war was declared on drugs, marijuana was one of the main concerns, referred to as a 'gateway drug' and positioned as one of the most harmful illicit drugs.

Since then, however, we have seen a considerable shift in how people think about marijuana. Recreational use and support of the drug has become almost mainstream, and the medicinal benefits of marijuana are increasingly difficult to deny. In fact, several states (not Florida) have legalized medical marijuana. It is this growing acceptance of medical marijuana that has spurred efforts to encourage the DEA to reclassify the drug.

Freedom granted to Florida man, full pardon up next

A conviction for a sex crime can destroy a person's life. Beside the stigma that comes with this type of offense, many people will also spend at least some amount of time in prison. In some cases, the harsh penalties that come as a result of a conviction are in line with the offense and the sentencing guidelines in place.

In other cases, however, the punishment does not fit the crime. Thanks to overzealous prosecutors and the particularly severe view people have on someone accused of sexual misconduct, it is entirely possible for a person to face an unfair and inappropriate sentence, even for a relatively minor offense. 

Challenging assumptions, intent in defending against sex offenses

If you have been accused of a crime involving online solicitation of a minor, you are undoubtedly in a serious situation. You might be facing felony charges and penalties as well as a destroyed career and reputation. Considering all that you might have on the line, it can be essential that you take steps to defend yourself against charges.

Despite what the police, prosecutors and others may be saying to you, you do have rights and options if you are accused of this type of crime. You might be told the case is "open and shut" or that there is "indisputable" evidence against you, but the fact is that you must be proven guilty, and you are innocent until that happens. 

Complying with conditions crucial if released on bail pt. 2

In our last post, we looked at some of the conditions that may be put in place for someone released on bail. For a closer look at the potential restrictions you could be required to comply with, you can read that post in full here.

In this post, we will look at what can happen if you break the rules and violate the conditions of your release. 

Complying with conditions crucial if you are released on bail

If you are arrested and facing criminal charges, you can spend the time between arrest and your trial behind bars. This is, of course, unless you are given the opportunity to be released by the courts.

Being able to avoid incarceration for any period of time can be crucial, so it is not uncommon for people to do whatever they can to seek release after arrest. For many people, this will involve paying a bail amount that is ordered to ensure you will continue to show up for court appearances after you have been released. You need to understand, however, that there are conditions of bail with which you need to comply.

Juveniles and sex offender registration

Take a minute and imagine what you were like as a child or a teenager. Chances are you are not the same person today that you were when you were that young. But how would it feel to know that you are still being punished today for a mistake you made back then?

Unfortunately for many people, this is not an imagined scenario. It is all too real and they are paying the price of a childhood mistake or bad judgment as an adult by being placed on the list of registered sex offenders. 

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