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March 2017 Archives

Know your options for handling a drunk driving charge

As we discussed in our previous blog, spring break is a time that is meant to be fun. If you are out drinking, make sure that you aren't doing anything that can land you in legal trouble. One action you most certainly need to avoid is driving drunk. We know that mistakes happen. If your mistake was driving drunk, you need to take the time to understand your options for dealing with the drunk driving charges.

5 illnesses that may be treated with medical marijuana

As states all around the country debate the advantages and disadvantages of legalizing marijuana, many are unaware of the impact that medical marijuana can have on patients struggling with certain illnesses. With the Florida Medical Marijuana Legislation Initiative passing with approval from over 70 percent of voters, medical marijuana is now legal in Florida to treat certain illnesses.

Don't ruin your spring break with a DUI

With college students all over the country on spring break -- heading here to Florida and other warm location -- it's essential more than ever to remember the dangers of drunk driving. While individual state laws regarding the legal drinking age and the specific penalties for DUIs vary, a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 can get you arrested in every state. Further, if you're under the legal drinking age, you can face legal DUI charges for any measurable amount of alcohol in your system.

Violent crimes charges require a carefully planned defense

As we recently noted, the new attorney general is placing a focus on violent crimes. These crimes are often ones that have very serious penalties. If you are facing charges for a crime of violence, you need to get to work today so that you don't have to try to throw a defense strategy together the night before a trial.

New attorney general focusing on violent crimes

New U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has indicated that he is going to make changes that will mean harsher sentences for those convicted of violent crimes as well as drug crimes. He's already instructed federal prosecutors around the country to "address the problem of violent crime in your district."

What is doctor shopping? Is it a felony?

Doctor shopping is a serious problem in the United States. It may lead to felony charges that can result in long-term prison sentences and fines. It specifically refers to patients who go to various doctors to obtain prescriptions for the same drugs. Usually, those drugs are opiates or other narcotics.

Drug rehabilitation provides more help then incarceration

Being arrested for drug charges is something that might make you realize that you have a problem. The issue that you face now is that the criminal justice system might want to just put you in prison without offering you any help for the addiction that led to the drug charges. This is something that seems a bit off, but it is how the system seems to work.

Common misconceptions about medical marijuana

There are some major misconceptions about marijuana that are causing some patients in Broward who qualify to use it legally to question their treatment options. These stigmas make it harder for them to benefit from the use of this substance to manage their conditions. These misconceptions also cause some patients to suffer unfairly from consequences that infringe on their legal right to use medical marijuana. Anyone who is in the process of qualifying or already has their medical marijuana card should make themselves aware of these misconceptions so they can protect their rights.

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