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Category: Drug Charges

Federal Study Reports that THC Level Testing is Unreliable in Assessing Marijuana Intoxication

July 8, 2021 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Drunk Driving/DUI, News & Announcements

Marijuana DUI Florida

Marijuana has been a hot topic in the press and political spheres for years now due to the rapidly changing laws surrounding the drug. Many states are repealing or amending their marijuana laws in light of studies and social consciousness that promote the plant’s benefits[1], like reducing pain for those suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and migraines, managing anxiety, epilepsy, …

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What You Need to Know About Involuntary Intoxication Defenses in Florida

July 1, 2021 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Drunk Driving/DUI

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, and you were intoxicated during the commission of the crime, then you may be able to assert an involuntary intoxication defense depending on the circumstances. If you believe that your arrest was a result of involuntary intoxication, it is important that you seek representation from an experienced criminal …

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What is the Ambien Defense in Florida?

July 1, 2021 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

Ambien is a sedative-hypnotic sleep medicine used by adults to treat insomnia. The Ambien defense is also known as the “sleep driving” defense. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines sleep driving as “driving while not fully awake after ingestion of a sedative-hypnotic product, with no memory of the event.”[1] Zolpidem (sold under the brand names Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, …

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Constructive v. Actual Possession of Drugs – What’s the Difference?

June 24, 2021 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

This is Part 2 of a 2-Part Blog series. Read Part 1 here.  Florida is known for its tough stance on drug crime. If arrested for possession, distributing, or trafficking drugs in the state, the accused may face harsh penalties like substantial fines and lengthy prison sentences. What might come as a surprise is that an individual can face these …

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Florida Drug Laws Chapter 893

February 1, 2021 Drug Charges

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In 1973, the Florida Legislature passed the “Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act” in order to “comprehensively address drug abuse prevention and control in this state.” This was codified as Florida Statutes § 893, and now serves as the controlling drug law in the state. Regardless of what the goal cited, this act has served to create criminal …

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Possession in Florida: Actual vs Constructive

October 13, 2020 Drug Charges

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This is Part 1 of a 2-Part Blog series. Read Part 2 here.  There are many crimes in Florida which require that the person be in possession of an illegal substance or item. These include but are not limited to: possession of drugs, possession of child pornography, and possession of a weapon by a felon. The state must prove beyond …

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Defenses Against Drug Charges in Tallahassee

June 30, 2020 Drug Charges

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Tallahassee, Florida has one of highest crime rates in the state of Florida. A substantial portion of these criminal contacts arise because of suspicion of drug trafficking, manufacture or possession. Unfortunately, many people have contact with the criminal justice system for the very first time due to an allegation of drug charges in Tallahassee. The process can be very complicated, …

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New CBD laws in Florida

August 12, 2019 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

New CBD laws in Florida

After Congress federally legalized hemp due to its industrial and medicinal value, it opened up a metaphorical Pandora’s box with a hemp and CBD industry more-or-less forming overnight. Because of the sudden gold rush of CBD products, there was, and still is, little to no oversight of the industry. CBD products have been found with contaminants such as pesticides, foreign …

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Driving While High In Florida

May 14, 2019 Drug Charges, Drunk Driving/DUI driving high, DUI, marijuana dui

driving while high florida

 With the passing and implementation of Amendment 2 in the State of Florida, the use of medical marijuana has become a controversial topic. Uncertainty over how exactly the use of medical marijuana will be regulated, and how obtaining a medical card will impact aspects of the patient’s life, is the subject of much debate. A major concern for both patients …

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