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What is drug paraphernalia?

While most Florida residents are probably aware that possessing or distributing controlled substances such as cocaine and heroin are illegal, they may not be aware that it is illegal to own or possess items related to drugs. This means someone can be prosecuted for owning and possessing related items even if they do not possess actual drugs.

Man faces serious consequences after Sarasota drug arrest

Although drug penalties are significant in Florida, people will still get involved in their sale at various levels. That could be as a lower level drug dealer, a middleman or a person who is handling drug trafficking. Law enforcement will seek out people who they believe to be behaving in ways consistent with drug involvement, make a traffic stop and arrest them on drug offenses. There are serious consequences for a drug conviction, especially if there are large quantities and other offenses along with the drug charges. Those placed under arrest must have legal help from the beginning.

What are the penalties for drug trafficking in cannabis?

The words "drug trafficking" have severely negative implications. These allegations go beyond simple possession or even the sale of low level drugs like cannabis. While the debate is ongoing as to whether cannabis should be legalized, Florida has yet to make it legal and people continue to be accused of violating the law in relation to it. Despite arguments for legalization and the number of states across the nation that have legalized it or are taking steps to do so, it can still warrant major penalties in Florida. A defense is critical when charged.

Traffic stop leads to arrest for drugs and weapons in Sarasota

During a traffic stop in Sarasota and across Florida, those who are in the vehicle could find themselves facing various charges depending on what law enforcement finds. If there are drugs, weapons and other illegal items, it will result in an arrest. Although drugs and gun charges carry serious consequences if there is a conviction, there are multiple avenues where the accused can lodge a defense and possibly achieve a favorable resolution. No matter the charges, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

Woman faces drug charges after setting off alarm in home

Drug charges in Florida are often perceived as being lodged against those who are selling, manufacturing, trafficking and distributing them. However, that is not always the case. Often, these arrests are not due to an ongoing criminal enterprise, suspicious activity or complaints, but as a matter of circumstance. Law enforcement must make arrests in these cases just like any other, but there are many avenues for defense against a low-level charge of drug possession if the person was simply a marijuana user who was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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