There are many ways to find yourself in trouble with the law. Sometimes you may be doing something you didn't realize was illegal, or you didn't think was as bad as the courts make it out to be. Other times you may fully know something is legally wrong but feel compelled out of a lack of alternatives given your situation. And still other times, you may not have done anything wrong at all and you are falsely accused. Regardless of the why or the what, it seems the justice system is naturally bent toward a sentence involving incarceration for most illegal activities, unless other options are pushed for.
Indeed, in taking a look at data gathered primarily from 2014, there are more than 150,000 Floridians incarcerated. There are more than 12,000 Floridians serving life sentences and just less than 8,000 serving life without parole. A staggering 355 juveniles in Florida are serving life sentences with no hope of parole.
From 1980 to 2014, the incarceration rates have skyrocketed and the upward momentum has a disputable causation. Imprisonment costs the government money, and efforts to reduce minimum prison sentences could save the government considerable amounts of money. In addition, it could potentially spare many the negative criminal record on background checks and make way for more alternative means of promoting positive change.
If you or a loved one is facing serious consequences for a criminal charge, you have to know the odds of avoiding incarceration with a conviction may not be in your favor. With the vast number of prison sentences these numbers demonstrate, if you are charged with a crime, reaching out to a Florida criminal defense attorney may be your best option.