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Florida's definition of drug paraphrenalia

When Floridians think about drug charges, they often envision those criminal offenses that are most obvious, such as possession and possession with intent to distribute. These drug crimes are common enough, and those accused of them need to vigorously defend themselves, but these offenses are not the only drug charges that can disrupt an individual's life. Instead, even seemingly minor crimes related to drugs can have a significant impact on one's life.

We know how to defend against drug charges

Recently on the blog, we discussed a raid the resulted in multiple drug charges being levied. The war on drugs has raged on for years, and many Floridians have found themselves the subject of criminal investigations as a result. The stakes are extremely high in these cases, as a criminal conviction can result in years or even decades behind bars.This is why those who have been accused of various drug crimes need to do everything they can to mount a successful criminal defense. There are many ways to do this. One common defense tactic is to assess whether or not the police acted in conformity with the law when discovering crucial evidence. For example, a traffic stop that had no legal basis could result in evidence of drug possession that was obtained after that stop being thrown out in court. This means that the evidence cannot be used against the defendant.There are many situations where evidence may be suppressed. Police may act without a search warrant or they may act beyond the scope of a legally obtained search warrant. Also, officers sometimes wrongly attribute drug possession to an individual when there are multiple individuals involved in the incident that led to arrest.With your freedom, reputation, money and future on the line, there is no option but for you to be aggressive in the way you approach criminal charges, particularly those involving drugs. The legal team at our firm has established a solid track record of success defending those who have been accused of these crimes.

What you should know about doctor shopping

Opioid addiction remains a serious concern for many people in Florida. The opioids that are contained in prescription drugs like pain relievers can lead people into drug addiction. To satisfy an addiction, people may engage in doctor shopping to acquire more of the prescription drug they are addicted to. Floridians should understand what doctor shopping is and the possible legal ramifications for attempting this activity.

What is drug paraphernalia?

It is a crime in Florida to have drug paraphernalia in your possession. However, what is meant by this phrase is not always crystal clear. The Florida Statutes outline items that are considered drug paraphernalia under the law. Specifically, any item that is used to grow, create, cultivate, process, package or use drugs falls under this umbrella. 

What is Amendment 2?

When it comes to the marijuana laws in Florida, there is a lot of confusion. You may have heard of Amendment 2, but that does not mean you clearly understand it because it is rather perplexing to pretty much everyone. According to the Orlando Weekly, Amendment 2, the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, was passed in 2016, and created to legalize medical marijuana in the state. As simple as that sounds, this law created many questions.

Are drug searches in schools legal?

If you are a parent in Florida, then you probably have been notified that your child's school has undergone a drug search by local law enforcement. Such searches are conducted often in school around the country as a way to keep drugs out of schools. However, you may wonder just how legal these searches are.

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