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4 Myths About Florida Criminal Charges

The general knowledge that people have about criminal law tends to come from popular television shows and movies. While the information is excellent for the big screen, it gives viewers myths about criminal law, and when someone is being convicted of a crime, these myths can be kinks in their criminal law case.  Misconceptions about …

Can I Face Both State and Federal Charges for the Same Crime?

In the U.S., each state is a separate sovereign entity with its own constitution, laws, governments, and courts. This allows each state the power to make laws as long as the laws do not go against federal law. When someone is charged with a crime at the state level, they can also be charged with …

Are Drug Dog Sniff Searches a Violation of the Fourth Amendment?

Drug dog sniff searches are one of the common tactics employed by law enforcement officers to detect contraband. Unless the situation warrants an emergency search, officers must have probable cause to instigate such a measure. After all, doing so without cause may violate an individual’s Fourth Amendment rights.  One of the ways to mitigate the …

Orlando Police Department Arrests More than 50 Alleged Drug Dealers 

In June, the Orlando police department arrested 53 fentanyl dealers after a 9-month investigation that officers dubbed “Operation Good Call.” Nine of the arrests were linked to fentanyl overdose deaths, while police arrested eight others after allegedly selling fentanyl to an individual who was later saved with Narcan. The remaining 36 arrests came from information …

Why Cannabis “Sniff Tests” Don’t Work for Police Anymore

You may be familiar with the idea of probable cause, which states that an officer of the law must have reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed before they can act on an unwarranted search of someone’s private property. In many circumstances across Florida, this was used by law enforcement to conduct a “sniff …

TSA Catches Man with 22 Pounds of Meth at Orlando Airport

In late January, Orlando International Airport (MCO) TSA officials caught a California man trying to board a plane with 22 pounds of crystal meth. A TSA agent conducted a random search of his bag at the gate. Police charged the man with trafficking of amphetamines over 200 grams, making it one of the largest drug …

How Serious is a Cocaine Possession Charge in Florida?

Both the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and Florida Statute 893 consider cocaine to be a substance that has a high potential for abuse or dependence. There has been a 57.1 percent increase in cocaine-related deaths between 2015 and 2016 in Florida. Cocaine use has steadily grown because of its short-term stimulating euphoric physiological effects; however, …

Why Shipping Marijuana in the U.S. is a Bad Idea

Although attitudes about marijuana have become more accepting, and more states are legalizing recreational use, the fact remains that marijuana is federally prohibited. In Florida, there are several marijuana charges you may face at the state level. However, sending marijuana or a substance that derives from it by mail can bring federal charges. If you …

Florida is Decriminalizing Weed City By City. Is Legalization Next?

According to the ACLU, more than half of all drug arrests in 2010 were for marijuana. There are many reasons to decriminalize weed, not least of which is reducing the number of people who get incarcerated for nonviolent offenses. The criminalization of marijuana causes many people to lose their jobs and benefits, and negatively impacts …

5 Bills That Could Change How Marijuana and Hemp are Treated in Florida

As we draw nearer to the 2020 election, it seems likely that recreational marijuana will be on the ballot in Florida. Yet, Florida lawmakers have already been plagued with challenges regarding the regulation of cannabis and hemp, two industries that are now worth billions of dollars. Throughout the state, lawmakers seeking to keep up with …

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