Palm Beach Gardens, an ordinarily idyllic region, has received much notoriety in recent weeks regarding an ongoing investigation centered on prostitution and human trafficking in area day spas. Several days ago, this investigation resulted in the arrest of the then-president of Kolter Homes, a respected community development company.

According to media outlets, the charges against the defendant include soliciting prostitution and using a structure for the purpose of prostitution. The defendant has been speaking to the press but has not revealed much about his case. What he did reveal was his immediate resignation as president of Kolter Homes.

Among the reasons for his resignation, the defendant cited wanting to focus on his family. He also stated that resigning his position may allow the company to “continue on building great communities.” The chief executive officer (CEO) of the Kolter Group acknowledged the resignation in a statement to the press.

One thing that this continuing investigation has shown is how people from all walks of life can face arrests and other serious legal issues. It is important for everyone to remember that the American justice system serves all citizens from the affluent to the destitute. The premise of “innocent until proven guilty” is the cornerstone of this system.

Building the strongest criminal defense possible is the right of all U.S. citizens regardless of their status or their income. Allowing the shame of arrest to stop you from defending yourself is never a good decision. As such, it is wise for anyone facing charges in Florida to acquire legal representation in order to better navigate the system of justice that protects the nation’s population.