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Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney: Backpage.com Can Put You on the Front Page

Backpage.com leads to a rise in arrests for solicitation of prostitution in Palm Beach County, FL. Backpage.com is a website that caters to prostitution, escorts, unlawful massages and other acts that lead to criminal arrests for many people throughout Palm Beach County, FL, reports Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Andrew D. Stine. The website Backpage.com is also notorious for undercover law enforcement officials, who also troll the pages to set up those who want to engage in illegal activity like solicitation of prostitution. Yes, law enforcement officers set up fake Backpage.com pages to lure unsuspecting men and bust them for wanting to pay for sex. The undercover officers place ads on Backpage.com offering themselves for sex acts in exchange for money. The citizen telephones the number provided on the advertisement… […]

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West Palm Beach Sex Crime Offense Lawyer Says Offenders Must Register Twice a Year And Complete the Registration Process

West Palm Beach Sex Crimes Lawyers: In Florida, sex offenders must register twice a year with local law enforcement, as to where they reside reports Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew Stine In the State of Florida, sex offenders must register twice a year with local law enforcement officials, as to where they reside. See Fla. Gen. Stat. 943.0435(14)(a), (14)(c)4 and (9)(a). In order for sex offenders to be compliant with the Florida sex offender registration law, the offender must show they “actually completed” the registration process and this requires an updated Florida Drivers License or Florida Identification Card to do so. The definition of “updated” means that a sex offender’s Florida Drivers License or Identification Card has their recent address, recent photo and is not expired. The sex offender… […]

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Consequences of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Florida

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Florida is a Felony of the 3rd degree. As a 3rd Degree Felony, the crime of failing to register as a sex offender is punishable by up to 5 years in department of corrections. The elements of the criminal act for failing to register as a sex offender are: (i) the accused must fit into the class of individuals known as a “sex offender” required to register under section 943.0435; (ii) the accused must have knowledge that he or she is obligated to register under the provisions of section 943.0435; and (iii) the accused has fulfilled the required time period of the many provisions of the statute, as it refers to living arrangements, within the State of Florida. Failure to register as… […]

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Undercover Prostitution Stings in South Florida

Law enforcement officials in South Florida are increasing their efforts to put “Johns” behind bars with their anti-prostitution campaigns.  In Palm Beach County, FL undercover Palm Beach County Sheriff Deputies are walking South Dixie Highway, in the area of Lake-Worth, FL to apprehend individuals who are looking to pay for sex. In South Miami, FL the Dade County Sheriff’s Office is using reverse stings to catch individuals trying to solicit prostitutes from internet websites like Backpage.com and Craigslist.com. Sources close to the prostitution sting being conducted by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in Lake-Worth, FL indicate that undercover female officers walking South Dixie Highway, posing as working girls, have netted well over 30 arrest per day of would be Johns. The South Miami operation is also netting tens of… […]

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Arrests in Palm Beach County for Prostitution

In Florida, the crime of prostitution is punishable by a Misdemeanor and up to a Felony. Florida General Statute 796.07 defines Prostitution and its related applicable terms as follows: (a) “Prostitution” means the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire but excludes sexual activity between spouses. (b) “Lewdness” means any indecent or obscene act. (c) “Assignation” means the making of any appointment or engagement for prostitution or lewdness, or any act in furtherance of such appointment or engagement. (d) “Sexual activity” means oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another; anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object; or the handling or fondling of the sexual organ of another for the purpose of masturbation; however, the term does… […]

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Florida’s Laws on Sexual Crimes Against Children

Under Florida Law, lewd and lascivious battery occurs when a person 18 years of age or older, engages in sexual activity with a person 12 years of age or older, but less than 16 years of age; or encourages, forces, or entices any person less than 16 years of age to engage in sadomasochistic abuse, sexual bestiality, prostitution, or any other act involving sexual activity commits lewd or lascivious battery. Florida law defines sexual activity as oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object; however, sexual activity does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose. Lewd and lascivious battery is punishable as a felony of the second degree.… […]

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Hate Crimes in Florida

Hate Crimes in Florida

Several Florida news outlets have reported that an 18 year old man from Okeechobee, Florida was arrested for beating up a 16 year old autistic boy at a house party. In a video posted to Facebook, the 18 year man stands over the cowering 16 year old boy, punching him in the head and cursing at him, as several others stand by, laughing and taunting the victim. The 16 year old victim also told police that the man held a knife to his throat and choked him. The 16 year old boy suffers from autism and has reported that this was the reason that led to the beating. Okeechobee County Assistant State Attorney, Ashley Albright, has indicated that he was looking into possible hate crime sanctions against the 18 year… […]

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Using a Computer to Solicitate Sex with a Minor

Using a Computer to Solicitate Sex with a Minor

Computer sex crimes are on the rise in Florida. Society has taken a strong stance against those who commit crimes against children or those under the age of 18 years old. This societal stance of “lock them up and throw away the key” is especially true when men try to engage with minors for sex. We have all watched the television show To Catch a Predator. We understand how cunning and convincing some people are when trying to engage with children and those under the age of 18 years old for sex. But what about when an adult is chatting on the computer with another adult and the second adult is the parent of a child, or at least seems to be, who wants to trade money for sex with… […]

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Florida Convicted Sex Offenders

Florida Convicted Sex Offenders

David Wayne Carter, a convicted sex offender, is currently in Palm Beach County jail on $150,000 bail. Carter was arrested on Monday after reports came that he sexually abused a teenage girl for the past 5 years. Carter is facing charges of sexual battery and lewd or lascivious molestation. According to sheriff’s investigators, interview with Carter during custody proceedings ended when he refused to submit to a voice stress analysis and requested an attorney. Source, full story A sex offender is a person who has committed a sex crime. What constitutes a sex crime differs by culture and legal jurisdiction. Most jurisdictions compile their laws into sections, such as traffic, assault and sexual. The majority of convicted sex offenders have convictions for crimes of a sexual nature; however, some sex… […]

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Using Backpage and Craiglist to Catch Alleged Predators

If you think going on backpage.com or craigslist.com to pick up prostitutes is safe or fun, think again. Many men, and, to a lesser extent women, have gone onto websites like backpage.com and craigslist.com to find a date and have wound up in jail. Sheriff’s Offices through Florida patrol and use fake posts in the leading websites to nail unsuspecting, would-be paying men and women for sex with the ladies and guys of the night. There is also a bigger problem lurking in the “big two” websites: Unscrupulous law enforcement officers, who will start up a chat with the customer looking for sex, and turn the conversation of a person who would otherwise never consider sex with a child into a conversation about child pornography or meeting up with an… […]

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