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Fort Lauderdale Sex Crime Lawyer William R. Moore

Attorney William R. Moore, a criminal defense lawyer in Fort Lauderdale Florida, provides explanations of criminal offenses such as domestic violence, drug possession, shoplifting, DUI, reckless driving and driving on a suspended drivers license to name a few. Society Favors ultimately provides an avenue in which viewers (or listeners) can learn about criminal law in a way that is both entertaining and educational.

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Juror Bias in Sex Cases

Video Broadcast with Lawyer William R. Moore in Fort Lauderdale

Few offenses if any are viewed with more distain by the American people than those involving sex crimes. Problems faced by cruel defense attorneys are compounded when the victim in such a case is a minor. Statistical analysis of cases involving sexual battery on a minor in the state of Florida revealed that jurors are more likely to believe a victim’s testimony over a defendant as opposed to other crimes. Sympathy for the defendant is almost nonexistent in such cases as opposed to violent offenses that are not sexual in nature according to South Florida Criminal Defense Attorney William R. Moore.

Direct communication between lawyer and potential jurors

How a defense lawyer confronts juror biases depends on the facts and circumstances of each case according to Moore. Obviously, the jury selection process is of paramount importance from a tactical standpoint. There is no question that by virtue of the way our legal process works the selection phase is the only avenue whereby a criminal lawyer may confront juror biases by talking to them individually and directly. See the following video for an effective example as to how jurors may rethink their positions as the triers of fact in a sex case.

Educating the triers of fact about the criminal justice process

The voir dire phase of a criminal trial affords an opportunity for the lawyers to weed out biases that will negatively impact their case. This is considered the primary and most paramount issue to be addressed. According to William Moore this is also the best opportunity to get jurors to think more objectively. Although the purpose of jury selection from a legal standpoint is not to educate jurors, the mere fact that you are able to hold a conversation with these people mandates that use take special care in formulating your questions. The defending lawyer should pose questions in such a way as to get the presumptive panel thinking about the ramifications to not only the accused but to our criminal justice system as a whole should they wrongfully convict an innocent person.

Getting potential jurors to discuss legal concepts

Criminal Jury Selection by William R. Moore in Broward County FLI recently did a radio show with former 30 year public defender Drew Atria whereby we discussed ancillary benefits to being conversational with members of the presumptive panel. The way a defending attorney should begin that conversation depends on a great number of factors depending on what has already been learned about them throughout the process. Criminal lawyers are at an advantage in that they are the last ones to question jurors. You go into your questioning already knowing quite a bit about each member of the presumptive panel. Such knowledge is crucial in determining how to facilitate a conversation with a particular person that may or may not be chosen to sit in judgment of your case.

Alleviating fears of each person before the sit in judgement

Every one of these individuals called for jury duty is nervous. If you can get them talking rather than just answering basic questions that nervousness goes away and they become much more comfortable in the process. More importantly, individuals tend to relate to if not feel some small level of connection to a person who alleviated their fear and anxiety in a stressful situation. Take away a potential jurors stress and they are more apt to reward you for it on some level.

For information about how to be on the William R. Moore’s State of Arrest video broadcast or submit a question, contact criminal defense lawyer William R. Moore directly at 954-523-5333. William R. Moore Criminal Defense Lawyers is located at 1 Financial Plaza Suite 2500, Fort Lauderdale FL 33394

Interview with former sex crimes unit prosecutor

Attorney William R. Moore Criminal Law Podcast

Recently, Attorney William R. Moore interviewed the former lead prosecutor for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. Now in private practice as a defense lawyer who exclusively handles sex cases, he is undertaken the overwhelming task of seeking legal changes that would allow individuals to more easily obtain removal from the sex offender registry.

See full article: Removal from Florida Sex Offender Registry

Removal from Florida’s sex offender registry

Individuals seeking removal from the sex offender registry upon reaching the 25 year mark are met with significant challenges. First off, any new offense, regardless of how minor, will effectively prevent removal. Violations of probation will result in a denial as well. Currently, there is no significant research that would suggest a reduction in the amount of offenders resulting from the denial of removal petitions filed on behalf of offenders that have lived crime free throughout the course of the 25 year requirement. There has however been significant negative publicity with respect to the amount of homeless registered sex offenders throughout South Florida.

Logic would dictate that it was never the intention of Florida lawmakers to create transients among registered sex offenders throughout the state. Nonetheless, tougher zoning laws that have further restricted offenders from obtaining lawful residence has resulted in a significant homeless problem among a significant number of those on the registry.

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To hear the entire interview click on the podcast link above.

For questions or opinions on the matter contact:

William R. Moore Criminal Defense

1 Financial Plaza

Fort Lauderdale FL 33394

954-523-5333

 

Ecstasy Exchanged for Sex at Correct Care Recovery Solutions?

Broward County ecstasy attorney William R. Moore

A mental health worker at a state psychiatric facility in Pembroke Pines is accused of plying a recovering drug addict with Ecstasy so he would repeatedly have sex with her.

Source: Mental health worker gave patient drugs in exchange for sex, cops say – Sun Sentinel

Recently an arrest in Broward County involved some very unusual circumstances amounting to allegations that a mental health technician exchanged the drug ecstasy for sex with a patient.

The incident took place at the Correct Care Recovery Solutions facility in Pebrokes Pines Florida.  According to Broward County Clerk of Court records,

a mental health technician employed by the facility exchange the illegal drug for 10 to 15 sexual encounters. The alleged victim stated under oath that he had no desire to engage in sex with the defendant and was done so only in an effort to obtain the said illegal substance. The victim further disclosed that the defendant would provide him with the ecstasy pills when she came on shift only to return later in the evening to his room where the alleged sexual encounters took place. On at least two occasions, the defendant required the victim to stand against his facility room door so that no one would be able to enter. It is further alleged that the defendant advised the victim not to tell anyone about the encounters or that he would be removed from the facility. Although currently pregnant, it is unclear whether or not the defendant is pregnant with the alleged victim’s child as a result.

When confronted with the allegations, the defendant claimed that all sexual encounters were consensual. She also claimed that she was aware of the victim’s diagnosis, however, did not believe any mental illness existed and that the victim was faking the illness to beat the system.

Criminal charges have been filed in Broward County to the effect of lewd and lascivious battery on an elderly or disabled person. According to Criminal Attorney William R. Moore, it is highly unlikely that any charges of delivery of a controlled substance will be filed due to the fact that no actual illegal drugs were recovered during the investigation.

Half a Million Dollar Bond Set for Man Facing Child Pornography Charges

On Monday August 18th 2014 a Broward County Judge set a $510,000 bond for 44 year old Michael J. Bedinotti, a man accused by local authorities for having child pornography on his laptop. Reports claim the laptop holds 50 images of young girls engaging in sex acts.

See Article in Sun-Sentinel

The Deerfield Beach man, is charged with 50 counts of possessing child pornography and one count of illegal use of a computer involving child pornography. According to Broward Sheriff’s Detective Nicole Freeley, the man claims to have never touched a child in a sexual manner and only viewed the child porn out of curiosity.

Florida child sex crimes attorney Jim Weick has handled cases where individuals charged with child pornography has faced severer charges. Weick states “Just because there is no physical act of sexual battery does not mean the court will not penalize the individual.

Individuals convicted of child sex crimes will not only be added to the Florida sexual predators list but also will face fines and possible prison sentences.

Child sex crime laws have some of the most sever consequences for individuals. If you or someone you know is facing child sex crime charges, it is imperative to seek out an experienced sex crime defense attorney. For more information contact our Broward County law office at 954-523-5333

For the Florida Statues involving child pornography:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0800-0899/0847/0847.html
For more information contact our criminal defense firm:

William Moore Criminal Defense Attorneys

1 Financial Plaza #2500
Fort Lauderdale FL 33394
(954) 523-5333