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December 2016 Archives

What does the prosecution have to prove in a drug crime case?

Possessing drugs can get you in trouble with the law depending on the drug you have and if you have a prescription or if it is illegal. Drug possession is an offense in every state, and the possession of most controlled substances, except for medical marijuana, can land you in deep trouble with the law in Florida. Florida also added bath salts and spice to the list of banned substances in 2016.

Who is eligible to use marijuana for medical purposes?

For decades, marijuana has been deemed an illegal substance for private, public and medical use. Now that there is a new medical marijuana law going into effect, many people in Broward County may not be clear about how to qualify to legally use the substance. Having a good understanding of who is eligible to use medical marijuana can help to prevent legal complications and entanglements down the line.

Even small details matter in Broward County drug cases

Almost everyone in Ft. Lauderdale knows that I-95 is a major drug corridor. This means that law enforcement officers are likely to come down hard on people who they think have drugs in their vehicles or in their possession. This preconceived thought could lead to some erroneous drug charges being placed on people who actually didn't have any drugs.

Opioid overdose deaths are increasing

Prescription pain medications cause a significant number of overdose deaths in this country. The number of deaths almost tripled between 1999 and 2014. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of drug fatalities caused by synthetic opioids rose by more than 72 percent between 2014 and 2015.

How a drug investigation can lead to an arrest

When you're stopped and questioned about drug use or are arrested for the possession of drugs, you're in a position where you need to consider how you're going to defend yourself against the charges the police place against you. If you were part of an investigation, the police and the prosecution may believe they already have enough evidence to convict you, but you still have several defensive options.

Life as a registered sex offender isn't easy

Almost everyone knows that a person who is facing sex-related crimes will have to deal with some pretty strict requirements if they are convicted of the crime. The criminal justice system can impose penalties like incarceration and fines; however, some of the penalties that a person convicted of these crimes have to deal with might be those associated with having to register as a sex offender.

Can you use illegal drugs for physical and mental disorders?

A number of drugs that are illegal have been found to be effective for people dealing with various physical and emotional conditions. A recent study has found that the drug ecstasy (also known as MDMA), and commonly considered a party drug, can help people who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety-related conditions.

What can you do if you're accused of possessing drugs?

If you've been accused of being in possession of drugs, there are a few different defenses that you have available to you, depending on the specifics of your case. For example, you may be able to claim that the police unlawfully searched your home or vehicle, which could make any evidence they recovered inadmissible in court.

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