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Man arrested for drug offenses and fleeing deputies

In Sarasota and throughout Florida, allegations of drug offenses can lead to substantial consequences. Many of these cases begin with a traffic stop. The situation can be made worse if the driver does not comply or flees the scene. People who are confronted with drug crimes should be aware of the penalties that accompany the allegations as well as what can happen if they are accused of other violations along with it. Having a strong legal defense is essential with any arrest, drug-related or otherwise.

Developing an aggressive criminal defense against drug crimes

Drug crimes can vary from minor to serious. As such, the penalties for these crimes can vary as well. What remains with these varying charges is the fact that the accused can assert a defense. Even if a defendant is not fearful of the consequences, the reality is that a strong and timely criminal defense could help the accused offender avoid criminal penalties entirely.

Helping you assert a defense against drug charges

Much like other states, Florida takes a strong stance against drug crimes. Because certain drugs have became an epidemic in the nation, the penalties associated with these drug crimes can be rather harsh. Thus, those accused of committing such crimes will want to explore ways in which they can avoid these consequences and clear their name. Initiating a strong criminal defense is the first step in this process.

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.


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