Many people in Florida have concealed weapons permits and can legally carry a firearm in public but at times this could be a crime and you could be arrested if you are in the wrong location. Even if you possess a valid concealed weapons permit it is still illegal in the state of Florida to carry a firearm at the airport. For the most part you cannot be restricted or told where you can and cannot carry a firearm, however there are exceptions which include:
Over the course of the past few years the city of Orlando has invested a large amount of taxpayer money in surveillance cameras that were placed throughout the city. In total, 130 of the cameras are now monitoring the behavior the city's residents. The idea behind the IRIS cameras is that they will help prevent crimes.
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.
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.
Internet solicitation of a minor for sex is a very common sting operation the police are setting up in various social website like craigslist, back page and many others. Many times it is not a minor you are chatting with but an undercover cop. Solicitation via the internet is a crime in itself even if you never follow through with meeting the person. Traveling to meet a minor is a separate crime that occurs when you leave your house to meet this fictitious minor who is actually a police officer.
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 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.
Police will be out there looking for DUI cases. Do not drink and drive this holiday unless you want to end up behind bars.At the Law Office of Corey Cohen we are closed for the 4th of July so that our staff can enjoy time with family and friends. While the office is closed you can still call our office to speak to an attorney anytime on the 4th of July. Many of you will go to parties or a place where alcohol is served. If you are stopped by a police officer for a DUI and you feel like you will fail the field sobriety exercises tell them that you will not participate in any tests or exercises and you want to speak to an attorney right away. If you come across law enforcement this holiday call me at 407-246-0066 and I will be happy to discuss your various legal options.
I am a former Seminole County Prosecutor and have handled many drug charges from both sides of the law. Now as a criminal defense attorney since 2005 I have had the pleasure of representing many clients who find themselves charged with a drug offense. Drug offenses are serious and can have severe penalties such as jail time, probation, a criminal conviction and the loss of your drivers license.
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.