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June 2016 Archives

What does a prosecutor need to prove for a drug charge?

Drug possession laws in Florida are particular about which substances you can and cannot have, distribute or sell. If you're caught selling or distributing drugs that you have specifically for yourself, then you can be in serious trouble. For instance, if you receive a prescription drug, you can't give that prescription to someone else for his or her use. It has to be specifically prescribed to that person. Selling a prescription, like hydrocodone, for instance, is against the law. Opiates are easily abused, which is why they are restricted.

What you need to know about bail

If a family member or friend has been arrested, that person may have to remain in custody until bail is posted. This is required to help ensure that a person shows up for hearings on the case and sometimes to protect the public. If the person appears in court as required, the bail money is returned. If not, they face an arrest warrant.

Risk assessments and their use in the courtroom

Are you aware that some jails and courts are using computer programs to predict whether someone is at risk for missing court, committing a future crime or not completing probation or parole? There are multiple programs in courts across the country that use these risk assessments when determining bond or bail amounts, conditions of probation and sentencing.

Why is fentanyl so dangerous?

The epidemic of opioid addiction and overdoses has become an increasing concern in the medical and law enforcement communities alike. One powerful painkiller, fentanyl, stands out from the others. Just recently, it was identified as the drug responsible for Prince's death in April. The medical examiner who performed the autopsy determined that the 57-year-old music icon died from a self-administered, accidental overdose of the drug.

What should you know about first-time prescription drug crimes?

Although many people need prescription drugs on a daily basis, these drugs can sometimes be addictive and lead to drug abuse. There are criminal penalties for prescription drug abuse. Things like shopping doctors to obtain extra prescriptions, selling narcotics and possessing prescriptions that are not your own are all criminal acts.

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