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Police conduct, investigations are key parts to criminal charges

What often gets lost in the conversation about criminal charges is the role police play in the charge. So much focus is placed on the accused individual (or individuals), and a lot of attention is paid to the "horror" of the crime. Outrage is an easy feeling to conjure up when crimes are discussed. However, where is the outrage over police officers that use excessive force? Where is the outrage when investigators mishandle evidence? Where is the outrage when evidence testing labs taint evidence or alter the course of an investigation?

Punishing nature of the law is a drag on society

Defending people who have been accused of a crime has a stigma attached to it. Many people will immediately think that anyone accused of a crime must be guilty. It is just how some people think of the world. Of course, not everyone accused of a crime is guilty of the charges they face, just as people who may be guilty of committing an offense don't necessarily deserve the full force of the law (or the full list of potential consequences) to affect them.

Boating under the influence carries serious penalties

"Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol" is a phrase that will immediately generate images in your mid of drunk people driving cars or trucks. However, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol -- or, for that matter, drugs -- is not reserved to just motor vehicles on the roads. As many Floridians know, people often operate boats and other water vessels while they are drunk or intoxicated in some way.

New report shows drugged driving on the rise

Drunk driving is a major safety issue, but the charge also has serious implications for the people who are accused of the crime. Sure, they allegedly did something wrong, but they also face the specter of a lifetime of dealing with a criminal history. And sometimes, a DUI happens by mistake. Good people are often wrapped up with this offense.

2 questions about getting a criminal record sealed or expunged

Having a bad mark on your criminal record in Florida could prevent you from getting a job. It could also interfere with your social relationships if someone decides to run a criminal background check on you. The effects can even haunt you for decades. At a certain point, however, you might be able to get your criminal record expunged or sealed so that your past doesn't follow you anymore.

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