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Protect yourself from false accusations of sexual abuse

Teachers and other professionals who work with children often find themselves facing allegations of sexual abuse. A student gets a bad grade and accuses the teacher of misconduct. The teacher explains sexuality in class as part of the lesson, but in the retelling, the information gets misinterpreted.

Ways your DNA evidence might be compromised

According to a 2013 news release from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, in 2012, the FBI started a review of more than 21,000 cases using microscopic hair comparison in cases before 2000. The NACDL asserts that there are many problems within the forensic science system and believes the system should be overhauled. Although many organizations are working on this very problem, in the meantime, you have to deal with the current laws. If you've been charged with a crime, it's important to talk to your attorneys about the different ways DNA evidence might be compromised. Here are a few ways it could be contaminated:

Lessening prison's impact through the youthful offenders program

Perhaps your child was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong friends. When he was convicted of his crime, you knew that your son needed to make amends for what he had done; however, you know prison won't change his life for the better.

First time offender programs

If you have been following our blog, you know that there are ways to protect yourself from being charged with drug possession: challenging the validity of evidence, placing the burden of proof on the prosecution or verifying the illegal nature of the drugs seized. If you find that these defense tactics are unsuccessful, there is another option Florida makes available to certain individuals: the first offender program.

Is assault and battery a felony in Florida?

Assault and battery charges are different and can mean anything from a verbal threat to harming someone with a deadly weapon. The type of charge will depend upon the severity of the injuries and are determined on a case by case basis. In Florida there are separate punishments for assault, aggravated assault, battery, and aggravated battery. Assault is typically a verbal threat whereas battery is added when the defendant is accused of making unwanted physical contact. Here are the four types broken down.

Evidence thrown out in felony case, all because of this one issue...

We all know that individuals facing legal charges are entitled to a defense attorney. But do we really know what they do or how beneficial they are? A recent case in the state of Washington illustrates this point.

Why police interrogations everywhere should be closely scrutinized

Food deprivation, lying, bullying, prohibiting restroom breaks-you name it-police have done it all in an effort to obtain a confession or information out of a suspect. But these types of interrogation methods have been deemed unreliable simply because so many have yielded false confessions.

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