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Child Sex Crimes And The Military

A recent Associated Press (AP) investigation found that there are more inmates in United States military prisons for sex crimes against children than for any other offense. In fact, out of the 1,233 inmates confined in the military’s prisons, sixty-one percent have been convicted of sex crimes, with children as the victims in more than half of the sex crimes cases. In the military, a child is defined as someone who is younger than sixteen years old. In 2015 alone, almost half of the 301 military member sex crime convictions involved children as victims, including crimes such as sexual battery,… Read More

Fort Walton Beach Domestic Violence Altercations Affect the Local Community

Domestic disputes are highly personal incidents that generally involve an argument, a disagreement, or tension between two individuals who are related by blood or marriage, have had intimate relations, or live together. They usually involve a long history of private altercations. However, on occasion, a domestic dispute leaves the sanctity of the home and affects the community. The dispute bleeds out into the community, causing a dangerous ripple effect. Fort Walton Beach Deputy Shot While Serving DV Injunction Back in September, a Fort Walton Beach man allegedly choked and pushed his wife while their infant son was in her arms.… Read More

Destin Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Famous Florida DUI Arrests

When you are arrested for DUI in Destin, Florida, you may feel ashamed or alone, afraid to tell your friends, family members, and co-workers about your encounter with the Destin police. While DUI convictions do carry serious criminal and administrative consequences such as jail time and driver’s license suspension, they do not define who you are as a person. In addition, you’d be surprised by how many individuals have DUI convictions on their records. Celebrities, actors, musicians, and politicians are notorious for DUI arrests. Below are some of the more famous DUI arrests in the state of Florida. Mel Gibson… Read More

5 Strange Tales of Battery In Fort Walton Beach

When most people think of the word “battery,” they picture one person punching another. While this qualifies as battery in Fort Walton Beach or anywhere else in the state, the Florida Statutes also criminalize a wide variety of bizarre actions as battery, both misdemeanor and felony. Section 784.03 of the Florida Statutes defines battery as an intentional touching of another that either (1) causes bodily harm or (2) is against the other person’s will. This definition is fairly broad, and as such, encompasses a large number of actions that seem fairly minor. Spitting One man was at a local Fort… Read More

Destin DUI Arrest: How Body Cameras Affect Your Case

Over the past few years, tensions have mounted against police forces across the country, including right in our backyard in Okaloosa County. Many citizens believe that police departments have become militarized and are overreaching their power by arresting individuals without adequate probable cause, using excessive force, and sometimes responding to minor altercations with deadly force. Florida law enforcement authorities have been sitting down with citizens and advocacy groups to discuss how to rebuild trust in the community and increase faith in the police force. While many solutions have involved making changes in training or how officers respond to incidents, one… Read More

Child Complainants Are Unreliable Witnesses in Destin Molestation Cases

In child molestation cases, the only eyewitness to the alleged sexual assault is oftentimes the child. While scientific studies and research performed by law enforcement agencies show that children intend, for the most part, to be honest when testifying, there are numerous glaring issues with child testimony in Destin molestation cases that call their entire report of assault under question. The Effect of Brain Development on Ability to Testify Accurately The brain is constantly evolving, changing, and growing in minors. Medical researchers have determined that children begin forming memories around 15 months old. The hippocampus and prefrontal cortex are responsible… Read More

Statutory Rape: When Consensual Sex Becomes Illegal in Destin

When people think of the word “rape,” they assume it only applies to situations in which an individual is forced into a sexual act against his or her will. However, the state of Florida also criminalizes other sexual acts that do not involve a lack of consent. Did you know that you can be arrested and convicted of rape for having consensual intercourse with someone you with whom are in a loving, committed relationship? Statutory Rape Statutory rape is not rape in the typical sense. It involves consensual sex between two voluntary and willing individuals. However, one of the individuals… Read More

Panhandle Prosecutors Intent On Securing Conviction For Twice-Released Alleged Sex Offender

In a previous post, I discussed how the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment bars a Destin prosecutor from twice prosecuting a defendant for the same crime. As a recap, this clause forbids four different situations: (1) prosecuting a defendant for the same offense after an acquittal, (2) prosecuting a defendant for the same offense after a conviction for that offense, (3) prosecuting a defendant for the same offense after a specific type of mistrial, or (4) penalizing a defendant multiple times for the same offense. Local Man Immediately Charged Before He Can Be Released Following an Acquittal In… Read More

Fort Walton Beach Sexual Battery Allegations Are Notoriously Flawed

Despite its sunny and beautiful locale in Florida, Fort Walton Beach is home to one of the fastest rising crime rates in the nation, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. Over the past few years, crimes rates have soared, and violent crimes have risen by a whopping 40%. One of the more commonly occurring violent offenses is sexual battery. Though complaints of rape and sexual assault are common in Fort Walton Beach, research and real-life examples have shown that rape complainants are notoriously unreliable when both describing and identifying their rapists. Ronald Cotton In one of the most famous… Read More

Fort Walton Beach Criminal Defense Attorney Explains Sexual Battery

Sexual battery is a felony sex offense in the state of Florida. Sexual battery is rigorously investigated, vigorously prosecuted, and aggressively punished by the Fort Walton Beach police, Assistant State Attorney’s Office, and local judges. More commonly referred to as rape, Florida Statute 794.011 defines sexual battery 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” that occurs without legally recognized consent. While many people are aware of the popular “No means no” campaign and understand that rape occurs when an individual… Read More