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20 charged with various drug crimes

The Sarasota Police Department recently announced that it has charged 20 Sarasota residents with dealing drugs. The massive bust is part of a city-wide effort known as "Operation Corner Stone." As just one part of a Drug Market Intervention initiative, the program started in 2012 and ended in October of 2017.

Escalating opioid crisis could lead to new legislation

The opioid epidemic continues to plague our country as drug crimes continue to increase, and lawmakers have started to propose new rules aimed at combating the epidemic. Lawmakers have the daunting task of balancing enforcement of drug laws with rehabilitating people affected by opioid addiction. One of these lawmakers, Governor Rick Scott of Florida, has proposed legislation that would place additional legal responsibility on opioid prescribers.

What constitutes drug possession under Florida law?

There are a number of drug crimes people may face if they are found to have illicit substances within their control. For example, in Florida, a person may face manufacturing charges, distribution charges, or sales charges if he or she is found to have put illegal substances into other people's hands. However, one of the most common drug crimes that a person in the state can face is drug possession. This post will briefly explore the elements of a possession charge and some of the defenses that may exist to overcome it.

What is the 'Drug Court' in Bradenton?

Florida has a bit of a reputation when it comes to illicit drugs. Possibly due to the stories out of South Florida in the 1980s, along with pop culture references such as those found in TV shows like Miami Vice, many people think of Florida as a place where drug smuggling is pervasive. Another thing to come out of Miami in the 1980s, however, is the idea of 'Drug Court.' Now used throughout the state, including the 12th Judicial Circuit encompassing Bradenton and Sarasota, Drug Court is an alternative to traditional criminal proceedings for certain kinds of offenses.

Bradenton man arrested for drug charges

Those who are arrested for drug crimes in Florida know how serious the authorities treat drug offenses. Many times these crimes are covered by the media, and many members of the public has little tolerance for drugs. A drug conviction can bring a defendant prison time and high fines. It is important that those who are facing drug crimes know their legal rights.

Alleged cocaine smuggler arrested in Orlando

Sarasota County residents know how serious drug crimes can be. When a person is arrested for a drug crime, there can be many confusing details relating to the crime and the charges. Drug crime convictions can lead to a person being in prison for years and having thousands of dollars' worth of fines to pay. A drug crime conviction following an arrest can be life-altering.

When can the police search a car during a traffic stop?

Most of us have been there - the sudden jolt of adrenaline as we see the lights of a police vehicle behind us, signaling us to pull to the side of the road. We obey the directive and pull over, preparing for the inevitable encounter with the law enforcement officer. However, during a traffic stop, the police officer's power to investigate is not absolute. In fact, there are a number of important protections afforded to people who have been pulled over.


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