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Category: Drug Charges

Spring Break in Florida – Drinks, Drugs, and Deadly Partying on the Rise

March 22, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Drunk Driving/DUI

As winter starts to melt away, flowers start to bloom, the air gets warmer, and everyone can feel that spring is in the air, crime also tends to crop up! Although sunny Florida has great weather year-round, there’s one specific thing we all love about spring: Spring Break! During the month of March, high schools and universities let out their …

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The Fight to Legalize Fentanyl Test Strips

March 22, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

This week alone, fentanyl has been linked to at least 10 fatal drug overdoses in South Florida. Fentanyl is a synthetic drug said to be up to 50 times more potent than heroin and has been recently referred to as Florida’s deadliest opioid. Often, the dangers of fentanyl come about through its covert nature – many of those suffering overdoses …

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What Laws Apply on International Waters?

February 28, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

What Laws Apply on International Waters? A Look into the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act Many people assume that when you’re on international waters, U.S. laws no longer apply. While this can be the case for activities such as gambling cruises and duty-free goods, it is not always the case. Drug smuggling is a serious offense in the United States, …

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Florida’s Legal Disposal Defense

February 24, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

Drug possession charges can bear very severe consequences. Often, these consequences include fines, jail time, and probation. Not to mention the collateral consequences that can come from drug convictions, like difficulty finding a job, housing, or receiving public benefits. Luckily, many defenses are available to combat drug charges. One of the defenses is commonly referred to as “legal disposal.” What …

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New Bill – Meth Dealers Eligible for the Death Penalty?

February 22, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

A new bill has been proposed in Florida that could potentially make it possible—and much easier—to charge drug dealers with first-degree murder. The bill specifically covers the distribution of methamphetamine, and the penalties would result in extremely strict outcomes, such as life in prison or even the death penalty. Florida Statute Section 782.04 covers murder, which is the unlawful killing …

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Involuntary Commitment Under Florida’s Marchman Act

February 17, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Drunk Driving/DUI, News & Announcements

The Hal S. Marchman Alcohol and Other Drug Services Act, commonly referred to as the Marchman Act, was passed in 1993 as a measure to help individuals cope with their substance abuse issues by actively encouraging them to voluntarily seek treatment. Florida’s Marchman Act is codified under Chapter 397 of the Florida Statutes, which encompasses voluminous provisions centered around substance …

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Florida’s Baker Act – What Does it Entail and at What Time Do You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney?

February 10, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

Baker Act – General Goal & History Florida’s Baker Act, also known as the Florida Mental Health Act, is a law encompassed in Chapter 394 of the Florida Statutes that provides comprehensive legal procedures when it comes to mental health treatment and examination. The law was enacted in 1971 and named after Maxine Baker, a Miami State Representative who sponsored …

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Out of State Medical Marijuana Cards in Florida

February 8, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

Marijuana has started to become more openly accepted across the United States. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) it’s now recreationally legal in 18 states and legal for medical reasons in 37 states, including Florida. However, marijuana—also referred to as weed—is still considered a controlled substance under federal law. This means getting caught with marijuana can still …

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Medical Marijuana and DUIs – Are There Special Rules?

January 11, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Drunk Driving/DUI

Currently, federal law prohibits the use of marijuana. However, 36 states have legalized the use of medical marijuana, including Florida. Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also referred to as Amendment 2, was a constitutional amendment that was approved by 72% of voters on November 8, 2016. Amendment 2 “allows a variety of medical marijuana products, such as food, tinctures, aerosols, …

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