Drug charges are serious. Depending on the specifically alleged crimes, an individual can be threatened with jail or prison time, enormous fines, and a criminal record that can affect just about every aspect of his or her life. With so much on the line, those who are accused of drug crimes need to be active in seeking out a competent criminal defense. This is true even if it seems like the evidence stacked against an individual is insurmountable.
The law provides Floridians with a presumption of innocence until they are proven guilty of a criminal offense. This is no small thing. It shifts the burden to the state to present competent evidence that meets certain legal elements. Remembering this fact can give defendants the perspective needed to aggressively attack the prosecution's case, which may include limiting the prosecution's attempts to use an individual's criminal history as proof of guilt for a later offense.
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.
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.
Drug crimes can carry serious penalties for those who are convicted. Making matters worse is the fact that many drug charges are accompanied by other allegations of criminal wrongdoing, which can increase the potential consequences.
It was 1989 when the first drug court got underway in Miami-Dade County. Since then, according to Florida Courts, "numerous studies have confirmed that drug courts significantly reduce crime, provide better treatment outcomes, and produce better cost benefits than other criminal justice strategies."
Those who have been following the local news around Fort Myers might have picked up on an event in which six people were arrested for various drug charges in early June. This is an example of drug arrests resulting in multiple charges for the accused.
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.
Drug dealing is not a technical term for any crime in Florida, but selling or attempting to sell a controlled substance could land an individual in hot water. State law is quite specific on which actions are prohibited.
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.