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Florida’s Expensive “Drive Baked, Get Busted” Campaign Highlights Issues with Identifying and Prosecuting Drivers Impaired By Marijuana

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The state of Florida’s recent efforts to put up “Drive Baked, Get Busted” billboards, posters, and radio and video ads have reportedly cost the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles approximately $3.2 million. However, the campaign  also highlights a very important gap in knowledge that the state suffers from when it comes to… Read More »

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According To New Study, Florida Ban on Food Stamps for Ex-Felons with Drug Convictions Has Increased Arrest Rates

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According to a new study, prison recidivism rates increased after Florida passed a law banning felons with drug convictions from receiving food stamps. Specifically, researchers found that former felons “turned back to crime”–monetary-based crimes—just to make ends meet after being denied access to social-welfare programs after leaving jail. In addition, the ban clearly places… Read More »

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Florida Man Wrongfully Arrested Over Doughnut Glaze Highlights Problems with Roadside Drug Tests

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It’s not a headline you see every day: Florida police mistaking doughnut glaze in a car for crystal methamphetamine and wrongfully arresting the car’s owner. As a result of the incident, the man received a $37,500 settlement from the city of Orlando in mid-October. Yet perhaps most shockingly, the roadside drug tests were positive… Read More »

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Drug Trafficking Charges

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It is estimated that over $50 billion in drugs are trafficked in the United States every year. As such, it comes as no surprise that all levels of federal and state law enforcement are perpetually searching for individuals trafficking illegal substances. The Florida state government and the United States federal government are both heavily… Read More »

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Marijuana Defense in Florida

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A recent study has revealed that marijuana arrests across the country have far outnumbered arrests for violent crimes. In fact, in 2016 there were nearly 70,000 more arrests for marijuana charges than arrests made in connection to violent crimes. This includes crimes like rape, assault, and murder. Many use these alarming statistics to highlight… Read More »

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What You Need To Know About Marijuana in Florida

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On November 8, 2016, residents of Florida voted in favor of Amendment 2, commonly referred to as the medical marijuana amendment. The legislation went into effect on January 3, 2017, however, rules and enforcement of the new legislation are still murky. It is understood that this amendment opens the door for cannabis use for… Read More »

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What to do When Your Child is Arrested for Drug Possession

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When your child is arrested for drug and alcohol related offenses, it can have serious repercussions on their future. For the possession of some substances, the related punishment is time in juvenile detention. For the possession of other, more serious substances, your child may be tried as an adult and face considerable time in… Read More »

Florida’s Heroin Problem Leads to Harsh Punishments for Possession of the Drug

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Possession of heroin is a serious offense in any state, but considering Florida’s history with drug crime and the violence that comes with it, Florida has cracked down on heroin possession – and the possession of any illicit substance, for that matter – in recent years. Believed to be because of its close proximity… Read More »

If You Make It, the Feds Will Come: Florida’s Drug Manufacturing Laws

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Drug possession charges are extremely serious in the state of Florida, with penalties ranging from one year to life in prison. Most drug possession charges—meaning the individual was merely holding the substance and had nothing to do with its manufacturing or distribution—are considered third degree felonies in the state of Florida, although possession of… Read More »

Can Police Search Your Car Without a Warrant if They Smell Marijuana?

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The right to be free from unreasonable governmental searches is protected by the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment.  As a general rule, any search performed without a search warrant is presumed to be unreasonable – but there are many exceptions to this rule.  For example, if you are pulled over while driving for a minor traffic… Read More »

Drug Trafficking Offenses in Florida

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Drug trafficking charges are far more serious than charges of drug possession.  Trafficking is a felony charge that carries with it stiffer penalties and statutory mandatory minimum sentences.  Anyone who “knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state, or is in actual or constructive possession of” certain quantities of controlled substances or… Read More »

Fighting a Florida Drug Possession Charge

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Florida’s drug laws are among the strictest in the nation.  Mere possession of a controlled substance such as cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine is a third degree felony, which can carry penalties including fines and up to five years in prison. If you are currently facing possession charges, however, you are not without legal defenses…. Read More »

Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Crimes

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Beginning in the 1980s and 1990s, when federal and state governments began waging the “war on drugs,” harsh mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes became a prime weapon against drug trafficking. After decades of applying these inflexible penalties, however, the federal prison population has grown nearly a whopping ten times the size it was… Read More »

Marijuana Laws and Probable Cause

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Many jurisdictions across the country have experimented with changes to drug laws, and one of the most prominent changes is the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana. These changes have called other laws and practices into question, including the practice of drug testing for marijuana as a basis for employment and the law enforcement practice… Read More »

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