Television shows and movies showcase it all the time: an individual is going about their day while two plain clothes officers sit in an unmarked car following them. Perhaps the unmarked police car will even follow that person a few cars back as they drive away. While it has been thoroughly dramatized in crime dramas, there is a difference between what happens on screen and reality.
The United States Constitution was written to protect Americans from numerous things. What most people do not realize, however, is the constitution also protects them when it comes to criminal acts. There are specific guaranteed rights a person has under the Constitution’s Bill of Rights – and these are critical when you are arrested or even accused of a crime.
Whether you are guilty or...Read More
HIV risks and disclosures are different for every situation. From long-term partners to a person whom you just met, deciding when to disclose private information is difficult. After all, does another person have the right to know his or her partner’s HIV status? Does an HIV-positive person have a right to privacy?
The Criminalization of HIV Transmission, Exposure and Not Disclosing...Read More
If you have watched the news recently, you may have noticed the case of Baby Doe, which occurred in Boston. This case, however, has received national attention – as it should. The toddler’s body had been originally discovered in a trash bag on Deer Island in the Boston Harbor. Once identified, the police quickly went to work investigating the mother and boyfriend. September 21st, the...Read More
A prison sentence, regardless of length, can be difficult for anyone to endure. If you have a mental illness, prison can become a nightmare. Mental health funding in the state and around the country has plummeted and most state prisons lack the staffing and funding to adequately care for those with a mental illness. Unfortunately, that means that hundreds of inmates with mental illnesses may...Read More
The legal system in Florida, and other states, is a system that is based on the rule of the law. All of these laws are applied equally to everyone, and everyone is entitled to the protections provided by those laws. Nowhere in Florida statutes or the constitution does it say that a person can be singled out or treated unfairly by the criminal justice system.
Therefore, defendants and criminal...Read More