The Difference Between Battery and Aggravated Battery in Florida Criminal Court

Simple Battery in Florida

If you have been arrested in Florida for battery, your first concern should be whether the battery you are charged with is “simple” or “aggravated”. If the battery is simple, this means that you touched a person against their will without any sort of weapon; that person was not over 65 or pregnant; and the injury, if any, that occurred was not permanent. For example, a simple battery occurs when John Smith punches Bob Jones in the face with his fist and only causes a temporary black eye. The Florida Statute to refer to for simple battery is Florida Statute section 784.03 Read More

Can A Domestic Violence Victim Drop Charges?

In short, the answer is legally no, but indirectly yes.

First of all, important to note is what exactly is domestic violence. In Florida, Domestic Violence means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member. Florida Statutes 741 and specifically 741.28 define domestic violence in Florida. Read More

Should Prisoners Have Access to the Internet?

If a convict doesn’t have access to the internet, it is believed they have a hard time integrating themselves back into the community that existed while they were away. The participation they have in the civilian community is put in limbo because they are not aware of the changes going on around the world.

Currently, only four states allow some type of limited internet access (Florida not included) to prisoners.

However, some make the argument that internet access is a basic human necessity and the denial of this is a rejection of the person’s human rights.

The Internet Access Argument

The argument of the need for internet access while in prison increased when an inmate, Michael Santos, finished a 25 year sentence. He stated that those in the outside world should have access to what life is like in prison.

Prisoners often don’t have internet access. This disrupts the chances for a successful rehabilitation upon release and silences them in worldwide conversations.

Denying prisoners their voice online allows the world to completely forget about their existence. Not only that, but prisoners are often victims of abuse that no one ever hears about.

Is this an Issue of Human Rights?

There are thousands of prisoners who have illegal accounts due to contraband in the prisons, such as cellphones. This means that this inability to interact with the outside world is not completely impossible.

Also, one of the main reasons this internet access is restricted is due to the potential of prisoners targeting victims.

Academics and professional often debate whether or not this is an issue of human rights. There are individuals who are for and against this right, which makes it one that is still highly controversial.

Scholars and specialists have a hard time determining if the internet is a fundamental human right. Even though all incarcerated prisoners still have the right of freedom of speech.

However, denying prisoners what is going on in the world negates their ability to survive in a world that has continued on. It also disallows them to adequately cope with life in prison.

Also Read: How To Avoid Having Your Identity Stolen

Hiring an Attorney for Assistance

If you have recently been charged with a crime, or believe that you may be charged with one, then hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Miami is a smart move. They can handle the case and discuss your situation.

If you have questions, or need more information about your rights, contact The Hansen Law Firm today.