Florida is known as a major drug crime state. Because of its geographic location and history, many drugs pass through Florida each year. The state of Florida takes drug crimes seriously, and those who are convicted can face serious penalties.
A person who has been charged with a serious crime in Florida may be facing some serious penalties. Violent crimes such as robbery can carry years in prison. This can affect a defendant and their family forever.
If someone said they were being abused by a loved one, would you believe them? If you're like a lot of people, you probably would. That's because it's frowned upon in our culture to think an alleged victim is telling us anything but the truth. It's even harder still in our culture to call an alleged victim a liar.
Those who are involved in criminal law know that search and seizure is an important concept. Bradenton residents who are facing criminal charges may discover that their defense includes challenging a search and seizure of some item. But what constitutes a legal or illegal search and seizure?
If a Florida law enforcement officer pulls you to the side of the road and you have been drinking, you may think about refusing to take a breath or chemical test. Florida has an implied consent law, though, so your refusal could lead to a suspended license and a mark against you in court. The good news is that it may be possible to successfully dispute a positive result.
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.
Drug crimes in Florida are a common offense. Many people from all walks of life face an arrest as the result of drug crimes. Those who are convicted of a drug offense can face serious consequences, including jail time.