When residents in Florida or anywhere in the United States are faced with drug charges, the thought of fighting these charges, much less public scrutiny, can be daunting. While those accused are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, the publication of their case in the news can negatively influence their family life, friendships and future career even if they are not found to be guilty of the crime.
A recent case highlights how drug charges are affecting a family unit, resulting in the removal of children from a household in northwest Cape Coral. Three people were recently arrested in connection with an alleged methamphetamines lab operation. All three people were charged with drug possession, as well as the trafficking of methamphetamines.
A 67-year-old woman and her 28-year-old son were among those arrested. The third person, a 34-year-old man, was also taken into custody during the home raid. All three face the same four drug charges. The 34-year-old and the woman were initially arrested in the home and both remain in jail. The third man was arrested a while later after police apparently learned he was hiding out at another residence.
According to police, the whole investigation started from an alleged tip to police. As a result of the raid, three children, all siblings, were removed from the home and are now in foster care. It is unclear how the children are related to the people arrested.
This case illustrates the serious effects that mere charges can have on a family and the importance of building a solid defense against all pending charges. The prosecution has the burden of proving the criminal allegations concerning these drug charges in a fair proceeding and beyond a reasonable doubt. The serious charges pending against these individuals dictate that they focus their attention on the allegations as they fight to prove their innocence and hope for an equitable resolution of all pending criminal allegations.
Source: Cape Coral Daily Breeze, “Third person accused in meth lab operation,” Tiffany Repecki, March 28, 2012