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What can you do about drug crime allegations?

For decades, public policy officials have been focused on the "epidemic" of illegal drug use in America. In fact, in recent years, the focus has been on opiates, which are particularly addictive substances. As a result of this focus, law enforcement officials are also focused on illegal drugs, from possession to distribution; they will attempt to track down and prosecute these crimes vigorously.

So, what can you do if you are facing drug crime allegations in Florida? Well, for starters, think about the potential severity of the sentence if you are convicted. In Florida, the consequences for a drug crime conviction can be life-altering. You may be sentenced to years of probation supervision or, even worse, time in prison. As a result, any Florida resident who is facing drug crime allegations will likely benefit from exploring all of the available criminal defense options.

An overview of marijuana laws in Florida

Most criminal laws are determined on a state-by-state basis in America. Drug crime laws, in particular, can be very state-specific. For instance, some West Coast states, like California and Washington, have legalized marijuana possession and use, to a certain extent. However, in other states, such as Florida, possession of marijuana for anything other than medically-prescribed uses remains illegal.

Other than the exception for medical purposes, the marijuana laws in Florida are fairly straightforward. Marijuana possession laws, for example, increase in severity incrementally based on how much marijuana a person possesses. Individuals who are alleged to be in possession of 20 or less grams of marijuana will face a first-degree misdemeanor charge. Such a charge comes with a potential maximum sentence of one year in jail. However, as with most other misdemeanor charges, a conviction on this type of marijuana charge is more likely to bring about a sentence to a term of probation supervision.

Did you experience a violation of your rights at a DUI stop?

A drunk driving charge in Florida can bring various consequences that can negatively impact your life. From time behind bars to expensive fines, the penalties are significant. It is prudent, no matter your criminal history, to present a strong defense against DUI charges of any kind.

One of the aspects of a strong defense is to understand if you experienced a violation of your personal rights during your traffic stop. If the police did not follow procedure or there were other issues with the treatment you received, it could undermine the case against you. It is beneficial to learn more about reasonable suspicion and appropriate grounds for a traffic stop.

Know your options in the criminal defense process

Being arrested and charged with a crime in Florida can be a scary event in a person's life. Whether the charge is a misdemeanor or felony, criminal charges can be a difficult burden to bear. However, as our readers probably know, every criminal defendant is afforded a plethora of constitutional rights to ensure that they are treated fairly in the criminal defense process.

But, to protect your own rights, it is important to know your options when it comes to criminal charges. For instance, while a misdemeanor - like a DUI charge - is a less severe charge than a felony, it is still serious. However, a person who is facing a misdemeanor charge may be more willing to enter into a plea bargain with the prosecution in order to get the incident behind them, while a person who is charged with a felony may be more inclined to fight the case all the way to a jury trial since their freedom may be on the line.

Did the driver who hit you exhibit these behaviors?

Florida highways are often traffic-laden, busy, dangerous places. Whether you're one of thousands of tourists who visit the state on occasion while on vacation or you live here throughout the year and travel state roadways every day, you can reasonably expect all other motorists to adhere to traffic and safety regulations, just like you do. The problem is that you can be almost certain that not every driver will; in fact, some may place your life and others at risk because of negligence.

Drunk drivers cause innocent people to die on roads in Florida and throughout the nation, every day. Would you recognize a possible drunk driver if you saw one? While every situation is unique, intoxicated motorists often exhibit similar driving behaviors that may alert you to potential danger and, quite possibly, help you to avoid collision. If you or your loved one was injured in a drunk driving crash, it's critical that you know where to seek support to help you achieve as full a recovery as possible.

Drunk driving suspected in fatal car accident

Fort Myers is typically a pretty safe place for Florida residents. However, like other metropolitan areas throughout the country, deadly auto accidents occur occasionally and, in some cases, law enforcement officials can be quick to attempt to pin the blame on the alleged intoxication of a driver involved.

According to a recent report, an alleged drunk driver is being blamed for a deadly accident in Lee County on August 1. The reports indicate that the collision occurred at approximately 3:45pm that afternoon, when the alleged drunk driver - a 58-year-old man from Fort Myers - lost control of his vehicle and hit two men who were on the roadway putting out signs. One of the victims died as a result of the collision, while the other suffered injuries.

Don't face situations of personal injuries alone

While some are lucky to go through the majority of their days without any type of serious accident, injuries are a very real and very devastating element of many people's lives. Unexpected injuries can wreak havoc on you or a loved one in many different ways. It's important to remember, however, that you are not alone through the ordeal.

Situations of serious personal injury can take many different forms. From unexpected car accidents on the way to work, motorcycle accidents while taking a cruise, run-ins with big rigs on the road, and more, there are unfortunately a lot of ways you or a loved one can be harmed. Even professionals you trust most, such as doctors, can inflict life-changing injuries if the proper care isn't taken. Experience any of these incidents can be harrowing and affect your life in ways you never thought were possible. From pain and suffering to missing out on a salary you have worked hard to earn; these injuries can turn normal lives completely upside-down.

Were you surprised by a burglary charge?

If you have recently faced a criminal charge for burglary, you may feel immensely surprised by the allegation. Your situation may have simply been one of your being in the wrong place at the wrong time or of someone having the wrong idea about your intentions. Nonetheless, you now face a serious legal predicament that could have immense impacts on your future if a conviction takes place.

Fortunately, you have the opportunity to create and present a criminal defense against the charge. In order to do so effectively, you may first want to fully understand the allegation that has been brought against you.

Get convicted of drug possession, lose your license

A drug possession conviction can cost a person many things here in Florida. This includes, for a time, their driver’s license.

This is due to a provision of state law. Under this provision, convictions of adults for certain drug crimes (including controlled substance possession) trigger a requirement for the court to direct the state's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to revoke a person’s license.

Do you fully understand Florida marijuana laws?

You may be one of many people in Florida and throughout the nation who are glad that some states have decriminalized use of marijuana. Perhaps you or a loved one suffer from a seizure disorder or some other condition for which cannabis oils are used to help alleviate pain or lessen symptoms. Then again, you might merely be among those who believe that everyone should be able to use pot for recreation.

The problem is that the federal government still lists it as a crime to possess or use marijuana in any situation or in any form. While many states have their own laws, if a situation arises where federal law enforcement becomes involved, it's crucial to remember that federal law always takes precedence over state law. This state has adapted its laws to allow highly restricted use of marijuana in certain circumstances; however, you'll want to seek clarification of those laws to avoid legal problems down the line.  

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