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Category: Drug Charges

Florida Felony Crimes Classification and Statutory Penalties for Felony Crimes

June 26, 2024 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Theft/Property Crimes, Violent Crimes

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Before October 31, 1998, the Florida Criminal Punishment Code consisted of restrictions on the maximum and minimum penalties for felonies of various types in Florida. On that day, Florida’s Legislature changed the criminal punishment code to allow a judge in their discretion to give – without any reason either written or otherwise – the maximum penalty for each felony crime …

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To Search Or Not To Search? Florida Law On Smell Of Marijuana And Probable Cause

May 18, 2024 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

With the increasing legalization of marijuana across the country for recreational and medical use, law enforcement search policies surrounding the substance are evolving with the law. Florida is no exception. In Florida, the odor of marijuana formerly served as probable cause for officers to search a suspect or their property. However, Florida’s legalization of medical marijuana in 2017 and the …

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Major Florida Supreme Court Ruling Could Change Marijuana Laws

May 16, 2024 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

In April, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that a proposed ballot amendment which would legalize marijuana use across the states would face a vote in the 2024 election. This means voters in Florida will have the chance to legalize the possession of up to 3 grams of marijuana for those over the age of 21. The amendment needs 60 percent …

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DeSantis Signs Bill to Provide Fentanyl Protections to First Responders

May 2, 2024 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

Two new pieces of Florida legislation have been signed into law this week. SB 718 and SB 66 are both related to drug crimes, specifically those including the presence of fentanyl. Based on the findings by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, along with reports from law enforcement agencies, emergency medical employees and police agents who respond to calls of fentanyl possession …

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Florida Supreme Court Approves Ballot Measure to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

May 2, 2024 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, News & Announcements

We’ve previously covered the Smart & Safe initiative to let Florida voters decide if marijuana should be legalized recreationally in the state. The Florida Supreme Court has given response to the challenge made by the Attorney General over the ballot’s language. Despite Ashley Moody claiming that the legalization initiative would confuse voters, the Supreme Court disagreed. In a 5-2 ruling, …

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What is the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program?

April 30, 2024 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

Law enforcement agencies across the United States aim to protect citizens and prevent violence along with the increase of drug use and drug distribution. To help with this, the Federal government has created certain programs and entities to assist with local and state agencies. One of these programs exists in Northern Florida, frequently aiding police with the investigation and apprehension …

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Bill to Ban Delta-8 Products Heads to DeSantis’ Desk

April 9, 2024 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, News & Announcements

Another piece of proposed legislation sent to the Governor’s office could change the framework of Florida’s current hemp industry. If it passes, SB 1698 will prevent stores from manufacturing and selling products containing delta-8 THC, along with limiting products that are derived from hemp. This page aims to provide information on the substance delta-8 THC, the legal changes that will …

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What are Magic Mushrooms?

March 19, 2024 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

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Psilocybin is a form of a psychedelic, which is considered a drug that is known for its ability to alter perception, cognition, and mood. The classic forms of psychedelics include lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin, mescaline, and psilocin (the active metabolite of psilocybin). Psilocybin mushrooms, shrooms, or “Magic Mushrooms” are certain types of fresh or dried mushrooms that are found …

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Uber Driver Sold Mushrooms to Undercover Police

March 19, 2024 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, News & Announcements

Attempting to sell controlled substances can result in serious legal implications—especially when the potential clients are undercover police officers. A recent case from Walton County showed the rising increase in cases involving psilocybin or “magic mushrooms” after an Uber driver was alleged to have sold them hallucinogens while driving them to an annual Narcotics Officers event. This blog post will …

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