As a criminal defense lawyer, over the years, I have seen people facing prison give up hope and kill themselves. Many years ago, in Ft. Lauderdale, a young man facing prison shot himself with a .22 pistol and bled out talking to 911. Listening to that call was horrific. I know of a situation in Ft. Myers where a man, jointly charged with his wife, took his own life in the mistaken belief he could take all of the blame and save his wife with a confession to the crime. Recently, I know of another person who hung himself just before court. All of the suicides were acts of desperation. People facing decades in prison are desperate. Never give up hope.
When it comes to sex crimes, some of the prosecutor’s offices have a scorched earth policy and seek maximum penalties on all sex crimes. They simply do not understand the statistics when it comes to some of the offenses. Child pornography is a good example. The prosecutors believe that if someone looks at pictures or videos, they will go on to have sex with a minor. That is simply not true. In reality, only a small fraction of people who view kiddie porn go on to act on it. Look at all the people doing basically life sentences on drug trafficking charges. Does the punishment really fit the crime? We have more people in prison in America than any other County in the world. We need to take a long close look at our laws and find alternatives to long prison sentences. Those types of sentences should be reserved for only those offenders who truly are a danger to the public. Putting a man in prison for thirty years for simply looking at pictures is barbaric. The judges need to be educated and the prosecutors need to get a better grip on reality and not pander to the public. Maybe a good start would be making the prosecutor’s office a non elected position. As a criminal defense lawyer, I see the injustices all the time. Things need to change
If you or a love one has been arrested for possession of child pornography,do not give up on them and do not give up hope. Call Attorney Peter D Aiken for a free consultation. Get answers
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