Sex and Seventeen will get you time

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In Sarasota, the State attorney’s office is aggressively prosecuting men for having sex with underage prostitutes. There is a little known law that allows the State to charge you with a serious felony for having sex with a seventeen year old woman. The age of consent in Florida is sixteen but if the girl is seventeen and you are over twenty five you are looking at a sex crime that will score you for a long State prison sentence.
As stupid as this may sound, if a man twenty four years old has sex with a seventeen year old, no law is violated. If the man is twenty five then he faces a serious prison time. It does not matter if the girl is a prostitute. Here in Sarasota the State has sent several men to prison for having sex with a seventeen year old prostitute. To make matters even worse, it does not matter if the prostitute has a phony ID falsifying and misrepresenting her true age.
Even though the woman is seventeen, and even if she has lied about her age, even if she has an altered driver’s license and even if she is a prostitute, it is still a felony. As a Sarasota sex crime lawyer I question the logic of the State in going forward with a sex crime prosecution where the alleged victim is a hooker. The prosecutor still has the discretion to charge the lesser crime of solicitation, a misdemeanor.
In my opinion, it is a terrible injustice to prosecute a man when the woman has lied about her age and produced a phony ID. Girls use phone identification all the time to get into bars and dance clubs. Just because you meet them where they are supposed to be of legal age, it does not mean they really are.
If you have questions on this issue or any question on a sex offense, respond by email or blog or you can contact me at my downtown Sarasota criminal defense office.
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Who is Watching You? You Never Know.

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Various branches of the Federal Government and State law enforcement may be monitoring your cell phones, PDA’s, net books, laptops, desk tops, Internet traffic, and yes even the GPS in your vehicle. In the beginning GPS trackers and locaters were used for purposes of assisting in emergency situations. Now these same miracle electronic transmitting units are making the majority of the population paranoid. The DEA, the FBI and other agencies in the name of Anti terrorism have been known to attach tracking devices to your car, boat or plane. As a formal Federal Prosecutor and an experienced Criminal Attorney in Sarasota, handling cases in Bradenton and Ft. Myers, I hear many cyber related concerns from clients about the invasion of their privacy. I see many cases where people are tracked through their cell phones, Ipads and electronic transmitting devices. Simply put, you never know who is watching you, tracking your vehicle or monitoring your communications.

If you find yourself asking this question it may be time to talk to an experienced Sarasota and Manatee county criminal lawyer who handles crimes where law enforcement and criminal prosecutors use electronic devices to gather evidence. Peace of mind is a phone call away and the consultation is free. Congress is currently working on legislation to challenge and change the law regarding surveillance by devices. So, if you are worried about being monitored in your professional world, personal finance, prescription use, tax filing practices, Face Book, or any other part of your life involving e-mailing, e-filing, texting, phone conversations or electronic transmission, you may put your mind at ease by contacting our experienced Florida State and Federal Criminal Lawyers today for a no obligation free consultation. Call today if you have a question or visit our site and

If you go in a chat room, or visit a porn site, or send or receive porn you are probably on someone’s list already. Your IP address may have already been flagged for scrutiny and tracking. The Government has access to the date and time, right down to the second, of your visits to many of the questionable sites. They can track prescriptions for drugs ordered on the Internet right to your door. Big Brother is finally here and watching you. If you feel that you are under investigation and need to ask questions, please call our office for a free consultation 941 366 3506