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Penalties for Traveling to Meet a Minor

In Florida the crime of Traveling to Meet a Minor for sexual purposes if a felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. In addition to any jail or prison you will also have to register as a sexual offender if you are convicted of this charge. This charge will put someone in a mandatory prison range even if this is your first criminal offense ever.

Arrested at Universal Studios, Florida.

The theme parks are a place to have fun and relax with the family, however people also find themselves on the wrong side of the law and get arrested while at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, Florida. Many times alcohol is a factor at this theme park due to all the bars and restaurants plus the sale of alcohol through the park. Many people also find themselves making the mistake of committing a retail theft at one of the stores. No matter how small the amount of the theft you will still get arrested and charged or be given a notice to appear in court.

Theft at Disney World

The common misconception is that Disney World will not have you arrested for theft while at the theme parks.   Disney World will almost always have you arrested and seek prosecution if you are caught stealing even a small dollar item.    I have represented numerous clients who were down here on vacation or live here and were visiting the theme parks and were arrested for shoplifting or other crimes.   If you find yourself in this situation and do not hire an attorney you will be required to attend court dates in Florida which you would have to attend in person.  

Tourist Crimes

Tourist Crimes is a area of criminal law that we focus on at the Law Office of Corey Cohen.   Unfortunately when people are in Central Florida on vacation they can get arrested for various charges ranging from shoplifting, DUI, Domestic Battery or other crimes.   The law in central Florida is unique and you need an attorney who has experience here.   Many times when you hire an attorney for a crime as a tourist you will not be required to come back to Florida for those court dates since the lawyer can waive your appearance for most if not all of the court dates and resolve your case in many situations without you having to come to court.

Certain characteristics common among wrongful convictions

While most would likely agree that our justice system is better than many found in other countries, it is far from perfect. This is demonstrated in the all too frequent convictions of individuals in the Orlando area and beyond, who are actually innocent. Though these convictions occur related to a variety of types of crimes and circumstances, a recent study indicates there are similarities found in most wrongful convictions.

Man charged with manslaughter in drum major death pleads guilty

Many readers of this blog likely remember the 26-year-old drum major from Florida A & M who died after he was involved in a hazing incident that took place in November 2011. The incident reportedly involved the man's beating at the hands of other members of the band, on a bus, to obtain entrance into an exclusive group within the band.

Urinating in Public

People that get caught Urinating in Public in Orange County, Florida normally find themselves getting arrested and having to post a bond to get out of jail.   This may seem like a minor charge but it is a second degree misdemeanor which can result in a criminal conviction which can likely lead to loss of future employment and other opportunities.   It can even result in up to sixty (60) days in jail or six (6) months of supervised probation.   These cases are typically prosecuted by the City Attorney and will require court dates unless you hire an experienced criminal attorney

Habitual Traffic Offender and Driving While License Suspended

If you get three (3) Driving While License Suspended or Revoked charges within a five (5) year time period you could become classified as a habitual traffic offender and lose your license for five (5) years.  This can turn into a serious situation because you could be charged with a felony for this and you cannot get a hardship license from the DHSMV for at least one year.  

Driver license suspension for Drug Charges

In Florida someone convicted of a drug charge can lose their license for a period of 2 years through the court and or DMHSV.   This is viewed as an harsh consequence by many in the legal justice system. The DHSMV can suspend your license even if the Judge does not order it as a part of a sentence.  

Florida to collect DNA samples from accused burglars and robbers

When individuals are arrested, they are fingerprinted and photographed. These procedures have become so standardized that most of us do not even question the privacy implications of these actions. However, the collection of an additional identifying marker being cataloged with regard to some arrestees and some convicted criminal offenders is being criticized by many as too-far overstepping the boundaries of privacy in the name of public safety.

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