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September 2015 Archives

What does Florida law have to say concerning drug paraphernalia?

When it comes to drug-related offenses, there are terms that seem entirely foreign and steeped in legalese, terms that require no explanation whatsoever, and terms that fall somewhere in the middle. Regarding this last category, it includes those terms that the general public has certainly heard of in the context of drug crimes, but may nevertheless not understand completely.  

Pharmacy board looking to improve access to prescription drugs

In previous posts, we've discussed how the Florida Board of Pharmacy has attempted to crackdown on the problem of prescription drug abuse and its associated fatalities via the now infamous “Standards of Practice for the Dispensing of Controlled Substances for the Treatment of Pain.” 

Understanding more about retail theft - II

Last time, our blog began examining what actions constitute shoplifting -- otherwise known as retail theft -- here in the state of Florida. To that end, we discussed how it must be proven by prosecutors that the accused 1) had the requisite intent of "depriving the merchant of possession, use, benefit, or full retail value," and 2) committed one of four very specific acts.

Understanding more about retail theft

When it comes to shoplifting, there is an unfortunate adage that it is somehow a "victimless crime." This couldn't be any more untrue, however, as there are essentially two victims: the merchant who is deprived of their valuable goods and the shoplifter who faces very real consequences for their actions.

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