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Plan your drug defense carefully and with harsh sentences in mind

With the anticipation of heavier drug sentences that we discussed in our previous blog post, it is easy to understand why we are telling defendants that working hard on their defense is not optional. Anyone who is facing drug charges is facing potentially serious penalties.

We understand why you might feel like putting off your defense planning. Thinking about your defense makes the charges seem a bit more real. Drug charges are something that many people just want to ignore, but this isn't a good idea since they aren't going to just go away.

Can I be arrested for a DUI if I take prescription drugs?

You may already be aware of the risks associated with drinking and driving in Florida, but did you know alcohol is just one of many types of substances that can lead to driving impairment? Many street drugs and prescribed medications have side effects that are similar to the effects of inebriation. If you take prescription medications, you are at risk of receiving prescription drug-related DUI charges.

Here is a brief overview of what can occur if you take prescription drugs and drive.

Drug sentences anticipated to be harsher under new administration

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has a record of being tough on drug crimes as an Alabama prosecutor years ago, is expected to roll back a number of Obama administration Department of Justice policies.

Sessions criticized that administration and its attorneys general for being soft on crime. Under President Obama, the number of people in federal prisons dropped from what it had been under President George Bush and his predecessors.

Ex-postal worker faces 20 years for marijuana possession

If you're found to be in possession of drugs, you could face a number of serious charges. This is true even if you only possess the drugs for a short period of time or to transfer them to another party.

That's what happened in this case in Florida. The worker involved may now face serious charges for accepting a bribe to redirect parcels. The woman, previously a U.S. Postal Service worker, has been accused of giving an unidentified man an address on her route where drugs could be delivered without being detected.

You might be able to help a loved one facing drug charges

The pull that drugs have on the people who are addicted to them is something that can't be denied. These men and women are willing to do almost anything to get the drug that has them ensnared. This can lead to them facing criminal charges related to the actions that are because of the drugs.

We know that when you are sitting back watching your loved one that you might have some concerns. Will they get help to overcome the addiction to end this vicious cycle? What kind of penalty are they facing now? Is there anything you can do to help? Does your loved one have any defense options?

What is the new deadly drug cocktail 'Gray Death?'

It seems like there is no end to the illegal -- and potentially deadly -- drugs that are available now. One of the latest is something called "Gray Death." Just one dose, which can be purchased for as little as $10, can kill a person.

Gray Death is a lethal drug cocktail that looks like a concrete block and has been found along the Gulf Coast. However, it is finding its way to other states. A spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) says that they "are monitoring the potential spread of this deadly combination of drugs."

Team doctors face scrutiny before changes in drug transportation

Anyone can be charged for violating drug laws, even doctors. That may be why the doctors for the National Football League (NFL) felt harassed when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) came to talk to them in 2011 about their responsibility in medicating patients in the correct manner.

That meeting had a presentation including the responsibilities and obligations of medical providers under the Controlled Substances Act and federal regulations, and it was supposed to be informative. The medical providers at the meeting disagreed, stating that the presentation was a lecture telling them how to do their jobs; one doctor said the man made them feel like criminals.

Protect your future when you are facing drunk driving charges

Now that the summer is almost here, Fort Lauderdale is going to be a party city. From spring break to Memorial Day, people have barbeques and all sorts of other parties. Many of these are full of alcoholic offerings.

While there isn't anything wrong with enjoying alcohol when you are out with your friends, you have to ensure that you don't make the life-altering decision to drive home drunk. If you do choose to drive home after having a few drinks, you might end up facing charges. We can help you evaluate the ways you can combat those charges.

Why prom and graduation are dangerous times for teens

Spring break is over for nearly everyone, but prom and graduation are coming up soon for millions of teens across Florida and the rest of the country. While these are times of celebration, they're also, for too many young people, occasions for too much drinking. When they get behind the wheel, the results can be tragic. About 1,000 young people under 21 die every year in traffic fatalities and other tragedies surrounding prom and graduation.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that April through June are among the most dangerous months for teens. About a third of all teen traffic fatalities involving alcohol occur during this time.

Florida might legalize recreational marijuana in 2018

You are probably well aware that Florida residents voted to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. Due to the recent changes in marijuana laws in various states, it can be confusing to understand exactly where your state stands. To be clear, recreational use is still illegal in Florida, but that could change in a few years.

The Florida Cannabis Act might be on the ballot in November of 2018. A Florida advocacy group is seeking to amend the state constitution to legalize and regulate recreational use of marijuana. Learn what the implications of legalization are, based on a Drug Policy Alliance report.

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