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Government report has good and bad news on opioid prescriptions

A recently-released report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presents a mixed picture regarding the opioid epidemic in this country. According to the CDC, doctors are writing fewer opioid prescriptions than they did in 2010 and for smaller dosages. However, on average, the prescriptions they are writing are for longer periods.

According to the report, which studied opioid prescriptions between 2006 and 2015, the annual prescription rate fell by 13 percent. High-dose prescriptions dropped substantially -- by 41 percent. However, the average prescription length increased from 13 days to 18 days.

Cookie Monster stopped for smuggling drugs in the U.S.

This piece of news is something different that not many can say they've heard before. A report stated that police found cocaine stuffed inside a Cookie Monster doll. While it's common to find drugs stashed in a number of different items, this item shocked police in Florida.

Today, a man from Key West, 39, is in jail following the discovery. He had the doll on him when he was stopped by police. They had stopped him for having an obscured license plate and tinted windows that made it difficult to see inside the vehicle.

What is considered involuntary manslaughter in Florida?

A person can be charged with involuntary manslaughter for a host of reasons. Unlike a voluntary manslaughter charge, which requires that someone intended to kill another person, even if it was in the heat of passion, no such intent to harm or kill is required with involuntary manslaughter.

The state does have to show that a person was guilty of "culpable negligence." In Florida, that means reckless or wanton behavior that shows a disregard for human life.

Violent crimes demand a well-planned defense strategy

If you are charged with any violent crime, such as involuntary manslaughter or murder, you need to take the time to think carefully about the consequences you are facing. These charges can come with some serious penalties.

We know that you might be worried and hoping that the charges would just go away. The chances of this happening are very slim. Instead, you need to use the time that you have to come up with a defense strategy that accurately addresses the issues in your case.

The death sentence: A severe penalty for the most heinous crimes

Any time you're accused of a violent crime, you could face a misdemeanor or felony. Depending on the act, a felony can mean severe punishments.

Florida still allows the death penalty. It's typically reserved only for those who participate in the most heinous of crimes, but anyone facing a felony trial that has the death penalty listed as a potential punishment could be at risk of being sentenced to death.

Florida enacts new fentanyl possession penalties

If you are among the many Floridians affected somehow by the increasing popularity of fentanyl in the area, know that the state has now enacted minimum jail sentences for anyone who possesses certain amounts of the synthetic opioid. The governor recently signed House Bill 477 into law in an effort to reduce the number of fentanyl-related deaths and overdoses in Florida, many of which occur around the southwestern part of the state.

Should law enforcement officials find you in possession of certain amounts of fentanyl, you can anticipate the following penalties.

Fight back against drug possession charges in Florida

Drug possession charges in Florida can come with some serious consequences. These charges aren't ones that you can just ignore and hope that the prosecution decides that they aren't worth pursuing. Instead, you have to spend time preparing your case.

We understand that the fun lifestyle of the Fort Lauderdale area has many people living a life that is focused on an easy-going existence. In some cases, people might turn to marijuana and other drugs to help them relax and stay chill.

What are 'controlled substances?'

Many drug-related laws involve what are known as "controlled substances" and governed by the Controlled Substances Act. It should be noted that not all drugs listed in the CSA are illegal in all cases.

Many are drugs that can be legally obtained with a prescription from a doctor, such as Vicodin, Xanax, OxyContin and even Tylenol with codeine. However, possession of drugs on the CSA without a prescription can land you under arrest.

Arson: The malicious fire that can lead to prison

When you found a building burning nearby, you stopped to watch. You assumed someone else had called for help. When the police arrived, they began to question you. Suddenly, you realize that someone who saw you there believed that you were the one who started the fire.

Starting a fire with the intent of burning or charring the property maliciously is the definition of arson. This crime is typically tried as a felony, because a fire can cause serious injuries or death.

Understand what you are facing with a DUI charge

Drunk driving is a serious matter because it can lead to death, injury and property destruction. All of these are reasons why the laws in Florida are so harsh when it comes to drunk driving.

If you are facing a first-time drunk driving charge, you might be very worried. The entire process might seem mystifying. It is imperative that you take steps to learn about the different penalties that you face. In the case of charges for driving while drunk, you face criminal justice penalties, as well as administrative penalties. These can all make it difficult for you to live your life as you know it.

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