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What is robbery by sudden snatching and its penalties in Florida?

Criminal allegations in Florida will vary and many of these acts that receive intense focus are violent crimes and crimes involving drugs. However, people can be arrested for many other reasons and these acts can result in harsh penalties including jail time, fines and other short and long-term consequences. Theft is a common crime that can lead to long-term problems. In this category, one act that happens quite frequently is when a person is accused of sudden snatching of the property of another.

Often, this is a crime of opportunity and people who commit it could be doing so on a whim or out of desperation. While there is no excuse, that can be important when the circumstances are assessed based on this law. A criminal defense is imperative for these accusations. With "sudden snatching," the robbery is the taking of property or money from another person and doing so to deprive them of it on a temporary or permanent basis while the alleged victim knows that it is being taken.

Man faces drug trafficking charges after fleeing DUI stop

When a driver is subjected to an attempted traffic stop in Sarasota, it is often due to the person having behaved suspiciously, having been identified as taking part in a crime or as part of a law enforcement crackdown on driving under the influence. Any traffic stop can yield surprising results with a subsequent arrest. For people who are stopped for one reason like a suspected DUI and then are accused of drug offenses, it is imperative to have legal advice from a law firm that defends people for a wide array of criminal and traffic violations.

A driver was being stopped by law enforcement due to a suspected DUI. However, she is alleged to have refused to stop. As she tried to flee in the vehicle, she eventually crashed into a pole. After trying to flee on foot, law enforcement used a Taser and placed her under arrest. She was uninjured from the crash and the steps taken to make the arrest. In addition to the DUI charge, law enforcement stated that they found drugs and money. She now faces drug offenses and DUI charges among other violations.

Men face drug offenses after traffic stop in Florida

Drug possession and other drug offenses in Bradenton and across Florida can cause serious problems in a person's life. Not only might there be a conviction with jail time and fines, but it can be an issue that grows in seriousness and negatively impacts them as they seek to get admitted to a school, enter the military, or try to get certain jobs. While there is a stigma for those who deal with an arrest for drugs, there are also alternatives to lodge a defense against the charges. Before accepting an arrest and conviction as if it is automatic, having legal assistance is necessary to consider the available options.

A traffic stop in which law enforcement was testing the vehicle's tinted windows to see if they were in violation of the law led to two men being arrested for drugs. The stop was made after 1 a.m. During the investigation, the men were not wearing their seatbelts and there was a smell of marijuana emanating from the car. After checking the vehicle, the 22-year-old driver was found to have marijuana, cocaine and to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. The 26-year-old passenger had marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Their tinting of the windows also violated state law.

New to drug crimes in Florida?

Consequences for drug crime convictions range from simple to grave. Federal drug crime laws may have longer sentences. State laws can enact different laws as long as they do not compromise federal statutes. State law may result in probation or a shorter sentence.

Miami was once named the "drug capital of the world" by media sensationalists due to its heavy trafficking, drug wars and rampant corruption. Florida drug crime laws evolved to effectively purge the state of drug lords and cartels and remove drug possession from addicts and opportunists. The majority of criminal endeavors in Florida are, unfortunately, still connected to drugs.

Assault or battery on a person 65 or older and its penalties

When a Floridian is accused of violence against another person, there are a litany of penalties they can face if there is a conviction. The circumstances of the case will dictate how severe these penalties are. For example, a person who is accused of assault or battery could face enhanced charges if the allegations involve a victim who is 65 or older. While the idea of committing assault or battery on an elderly person is difficult to reconcile, that does not mean the person who is accused is automatically guilty and should just accept the charges and punishments. Having legal assistance is crucial. First, knowing the law is key.

Assault is the threat or act of violence with the ability to do so; aggravated assault is done with a deadly weapon and no intention of killing or done with the intention of committing a felony; battery is touching or striking a person intentionally without his or her consent and the intentional causing of bodily harm; and aggravated battery is when there is an intentional causing of great bodily harm, permanent disability, permanent disfigurement, or use of a deadly weapon.

Man arrested for multiple weapons and drug charges in Bradenton

As the debate about how to handle the ongoing drug crisis continues across the U.S., law enforcement officials in Bradenton and throughout Florida are actively seeking those who are alleged to be involved in drug trafficking and other serious drug offenses. The penalties for a conviction on high-level drug charges can be severe. Even though most will agree that drugs are a major problem in society, an arrest does not mean that a person is automatically guilty or that they should face the harshest penalties the legal system can muster. Everyone deserves a strong defense and the circumstances of the case are critical to crafting that defense.

According to a recent report, a man, age 55, was arrested on numerous drug and weapons charges after a search and seizure at his home. The search allegedly uncovered many illegal and prescription medications, including heroin, crack, cocaine and oxycodone. An investigation had been underway in which drugs were bought prior to the arrest. A gun was found under a pillow. There were reportedly significant amounts of the drugs and drug paraphernalia found along with cash. There was also a shotgun in a separate room. The man reportedly has previous felony convictions on his record.

The options when facing drug offenses for marijuana

Marijuana laws seem to be in flux for much of the country. Florida has legalized it for medical purposes, but it remains illegal for people to use as a recreational drug. Despite that, people will still purchase it and run the risk of being arrested. Even those who are buying a small amount can face drug offenses. Those who are involved in possession and sale can be confronted with serious consequences if they are convicted.

In Florida, those who have 20 grams or less of marijuana - for possession or sale - can be arrested and face a jail term of as long as one year. There can be a fine for $1,000. Having paraphernalia can also result in these penalties. That includes items that are used to package, weigh and store the drug, like baggies, scales and pipes. Another popular drug in this category, hash, will have these same penalties, but the difference is these punishments can be assessed for less than three grams. These are misdemeanor penalties.

Woman charged with multiple offenses after airport crash

Given the concerns about people trying to commit various illegal acts at U.S. airports, it is no surprise that every airport - Sarasota's included - is vigilant about people who might violate the law. Driving onto the property in areas where unauthorized vehicles cannot go will inevitably lead to an arrest. Whether the person was under the influence or not is irrelevant. In fact, it can result in significant charges. While this is an inadvisable act, those who are arrested on felony drunk driving charges and related infractions after driving onto an airport must have a legal defense to avoid the worst possible penalties.

According to a recent report, a woman allegedly ran through a fence at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and drove onto airport property. After crashing through the fence, she spent approximately a minute-and-a-half driving on the property before leaving. The vice president of the airport said the vehicle was watched on camera as the car hit a small plane, denting it. Airport law enforcement went to the scene, but the driver fled before they could reach her.

How to behave at DUI checkpoints in Florida

DUI checkpoints pop up in Bradenton and neighboring cities all the time. More will definitely come at the end of the year when people host New Year's parties. You can always go online to see where these checkpoints will come up, but you should also know what police look for at these stops. 

The best tip for avoiding a DUI is to not drive after drinking in the first place. You do not want any trouble, so here is some advice for avoiding a prolonged conversation at a DUI checkpoint. 

Woman facing drunk driving charges claims she was ill

When vehicles are on the road in Bradenton and the surrounding areas of Florida in the early morning hours, law enforcement will be keeping a close watch on them to see if the drivers make any maneuvers that are considered clear signs of a driver who is under the influence. When there is a suspicion that a driver is drunk or under the influence of drugs, a traffic stop may occur. It is important to remember that simply because a person is charged, it does not automatically imply guilt.

According to reports, a 47-year-old woman was arrested for DUI after a recent traffic stop. The incident occurred at shortly before 1 a.m. when she was allegedly driving erratically and surpassing the speed limit by nearly 25 miles per hour. As law enforcement investigated, they allegedly found that the woman had trouble with keeping her balance during a field sobriety test. According to the woman, she was ill with high blood pressure, and she claimed that algae that is present near the coast called "red tide" also made her sick. She was taken to jail where her breath was measured twice. Both times, it allegedly surpassed 0.20 blood-alcohol concentration. She was released on bond and will need to return to court.


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