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Protect your reputation after criminal charges taint it

It is an unfortunate reality that even though the law is supposed to view someone charged with committing a crime innocent until proven guilty, this is not always the case. Not only does it seem the whole system is set up in a way to make an accused guilty from the onset, neighbors and colleagues also begin to doubt someone's innocence right after an arrest. This means an arrested individual's reputation, relationship and image can all become tarnished in an instant, even if the charges are later dropped or someone is found not guilty of committing the crimes he or she has been charged with.

Plea bargain basics are important to understand

Though most procedural television shows revolve around two lawyers arguing the finer points of law in a criminal court, the reality is that most criminal cases end in a plea bargain between the accused and the public prosecutor. Florida residents may know that a plea bargain is an agreement reached between the prosecutor and the defendant where the latter pleads guilty to either reduced charges or the associated sentence.

Man arrested on battery charges and fleeing police in stolen car

People in Sarasota and across Florida can find themselves facing criminal charges for a variety of offenses. In many instances, one incident might lead to another and result in a slew of allegations that can lead to long-term consequences and penalties if there is a conviction. Some might be related to an act of violence followed by a theft. Then the person might be accused of fleeing law enforcement. When placed under arrest in these circumstances, the accused must make sure there is a strong defense with help from an experienced criminal attorney.

Juvenile faces assault charges after attacking police officer

Allegations of assault in Sarasota and throughout Florida can have long-term consequences and substantial penalties for anyone, but these can be more serious if it is a juvenile who is dealing with these charges. Since young people often make the mistake of acting before they think about the ramifications, it is not unusual for there to be major legal issues that can negatively impact their lives for an extended period if not forever. When a juvenile is arrested on assault charges or other violent crimes, it is wise to have the advice and counsel of a qualified legal professional who has a history of helping those accused of criminal acts.

What is robbery by sudden snatching and its penalties in Florida?

Criminal allegations in Florida will vary and many of these acts that receive intense focus are violent crimes and crimes involving drugs. However, people can be arrested for many other reasons and these acts can result in harsh penalties including jail time, fines and other short and long-term consequences. Theft is a common crime that can lead to long-term problems. In this category, one act that happens quite frequently is when a person is accused of sudden snatching of the property of another.

What does Florida criminal law say about sexual cyber harassment?

Use of computers is a part of daily life in Florida and throughout the world. That has opened a great number of doors, connected people and created much value. However, there are negatives to this accessibility and people are often facing charges related to internet behaviors that alleges the law has been violated. One issue that is growing in prominence is sexual cyber harassment. Understanding how to craft a criminal defense against these charges is crucial, as a conviction can lead to various penalties and negatively impact a person's life.

Man faces domestic battery charges after dispute with mother

In Bradenton and throughout Florida, disagreements in the home can quickly escalate into a confrontation between family members, friends and acquaintances that leads to allegations of domestic assault and battery charges. Some of the most difficult cases involve people who are accused of getting into a physical altercation with a parent. Not only can this lead to criminal charges with the potential penalties if there is a conviction, it is also leads to a negative perception in the community.

What can you do about allegations of age-related sex offenses?

Most everyone in Florida will understand the criminal offense of statutory rape. Not only does a conviction on these charges carry with it various penalties that can negatively impact a person's life in the long and short terms, but it has a social stigma when seeking employment and other aspects of daily life. Other allegations might not be as well-known, but are still linked to having had sexual activity with underage people. Understanding the law for unlawful sexual activity with minors is important when facing these charges and planning a defense.

What is domestic battery by strangulation in Florida?

Domestic incidents that involve violence happen quite frequently in Florida. These incidents can have many participants and occur in a variety of circumstances. It is unfortunate when people who are in a relationship or who live with another person get involved in a dispute that turns physical. This can lead to an arrest for domestic assault, battery charges and more. It might even result in a conviction and long-term consequences. Should the incident involve accusations of domestic battery by strangulation, it is important for the accused person to understand this law and what the charges will entail.

Man faces allegations of fleeing and assaulting law enforcement

During traffic stops drivers in Florida are expected to stop as instructed and comply with the officers' commands. In some cases, the stop is made because there is suspected driving under the influence. In others, the driver might have committed an unlawful act or is behaving suspiciously. No matter the reason, when the driver does not stop and even tries to flee, there can be other allegations that can lead to significant long-term consequences. Having legal assistance to provide a defense is one of the most important factors to avoid a criminal conviction.


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