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Man arrested for passing out marijuana to public for Christmas

A 67-year-old Pinellas County man was arrested for handing out marijuana to passersby in St. Petersburg on December 21. Police were called, and the man was found to have 45 grams of marijuana on him. When asked what he was doing, he simply stated he was doing it because it was Christmas.

The stunt landed him in jail, and he now faces a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell. Unfortunately, the sharing spirit did not work out in his best interests. The state of Florida finds the possession of cannabis with intent to sell to be a Class III felony, carrying from five to 15 years in prison, in addition to steep fines.

Holiday shoppers bring even more dangers to the highways

You may remember a shopping season when you found an item on sale that you could not resist. You made the purchase on impulse, and it may have been a good or a bad decision. You are not alone if you have had the experience of allowing a bargain or a unique item lure you into an ill-advised purchase. Perhaps the stress and crush of the holiday season makes it more likely you will make this mistake.

One mistake more consumers are making is shopping online while they drive. This extreme form of distracted driving is an activity almost 40% of surveyed drivers admits to doing in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Since you cannot always know which Florida drivers around you are shopping behind the wheel, it is a hazard you may not have the ability to avoid.

Jury finds Ft. Myers man found not guilty of murder

In what was called a retaliation shooting in a Fort Myers community on July 4, 2017, one man was left dead, and another critically injured. The 3000 block of Thomas Street, in the Dunbar neighborhood, was shot up. Police claimed to have found a 35-year-old man by the name of Taheed Stoner with gun in hand, shooting at a home.

The shooting was believed to have been in retaliation to Stoner's girlfriend being shot in an earlier instance. She had been struck in the hand by a bullet while driving her car in the same block. She told police that she believed either her son or her boyfriend may seek retaliation for that injury. He fled the scene, but officers were able to locate him quickly and make an arrest.

Search warrants net large drug bust in Fort Myers

Fort Myers police executing a search warrant at the 3700 block of Washington Avenue found what they were searching for. Two men, a 24 and a 25-year old, were arrested on multiple drug charges as well as resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.

Police seized a total of $11,691 in cash, drugs, and weapons. The drugs included cocaine, meth, heroin, marijuana, THC cartridges, THC wax, 151 schedule prescription drugs of various types, and 77g of an unknown white powder. The 24-year-old man faces 11 charges total, with bond set at $168,000. The 25-year-old man faces 7 charges, and a bond of $128,000. Both were booked in to the Lee County Jail.

Florida 2019 marijuana law review

These days there are so many bills and laws containing marijuana legislation that it is sometimes hard to keep up. The state of Florida is largely known for its tourism. People who visit from states where medical or recreational marijuana are already legalized, may not realize that only medical is currently legal in Florida.

Let's review the current offenses and penalties. There are several, all with varying degrees of sentencing guidelines. First, we will look at possession charges. In the state of Florida, possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor charge, and can result in up to one year incarceration and up to a $1,000 fine. Possession of more than 20 grams but less than 25 pounds is a felony. It carries a sentence of up to five years of incarceration and a maximum $5,000 fine. The wide gap of more than 25 pounds but less than 2000 pounds are all considered felony charges. Sentencing for these amounts of marijuana can range from three to 15 years in prison, as well as carry a $5,000 to $25,000 fine. Possessing marijuana plants in any number will carry a felony charge and fines of $5,000 to $50,000.

DUI in Florida brings criminal and administrative consequences

Florida is one of the strictest states when it comes to drunk driving laws. If police recently arrested you for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, you may have a long, complicated time ahead of you.

With each year, it seems that states pass new and tougher laws to keep drunk drivers off the road. However, no matter the circumstances that got you in this position, you still have rights. You can exercise those rights firstly by learning as much as you can about the criminal and administrative processes you are about to face.

How can you know if you have a medical malpractice claim?

When you go to the doctor, you assume that he or she will provide you with appropriate care. You trust that Florida medical professionals have your best interests in mind and will do everything they can to get you the right diagnosis and treatment plan. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

If you went to the doctor and ended up getting even more sick than you already were or suffered harm from a bad medical procedure, you may not be sure what to do next. After all, you did not go to medical school, so how can you prove that what you suffered was the result of malpractice and not just an unfortunate bad outcome? Malpractice claims are complex, which is why victims find it beneficial to work with an experienced ally from the very beginning of this process. 

Two arrested for homicide in Ft. Myers drug deal

Two suspects have been arrested in a fatal shooting that took place on September 22nd in Fort Myers. Both males, one 19-years-old and the other 21-years-old, are from another state. They are charged with second degree homicide and robbery after fatally shooting a 23-year-old Fort Myers man in what is now known to be a drug deal gone bad. The suspects travelled to the location of the crime to purchase marijuana.

Ring doorbell surveillance videos are what detectives were able to use to positively identify the suspects. The Fort Myers Police Captain states they provided excellent footage which showed the suspects fleeing from the scene. From those, a positive identification was able to be made and detectives travelled to the state of Georgia to apprehend the men. Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted the investigation.

Fort Myers man trafficked drugs while out on bond

A 48-year-old North Fort Myers man who was out on bond from a previous drug trafficking arrest was arrested again on Friday, September 27th for the same crimes. He had been released after posting a $235,000 bond on May 13th.

Based on a tip received by the Lee County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit, a search warrant was obtained for the man's residence in the 8000 block of Bartholomew Drive. There, officers found a large quantity of multiple illegal drugs and controlled substances. They included Fentanyl, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, MDMA, Oxycontin, Oxycodone, morphine, and Xanax.

Have prosecutors offered you a plea deal?

If you are facing criminal charges, you may be feeling more and more anxious as the time for your trial draws closer. This may be especially true if you are seeing the evidence against you growing. You may be imagining the jury seeing the evidence and finding no option but to convict you of the most serious charges you face.

conviction for a felony charge, such as homicide, robbery, fraud or weapons charges can mean an extended stay in prison. It can result in separation from your loved ones, loss of your job and other hardships that may follow you for the rest of your life. If this possibility worries you, you may have the option of considering a plea bargain.

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