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Parents: Your college student's penalties for selling Adderall

College proves to be an exciting time for both parents and students. Newfound freedoms lead to increased responsibility, and this responsibility may include managing prescriptions.

Millions of students suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) across the United States and throughout Florida. A remedy for ADHD symptoms includes Adderall, a form of Amphetamine, and if sold, the seller can receive serious penalties. Not only is the drug popular among those affected by ADHD, the depressive drug is popular among unaffected college students.

What is the felony murder rule?

Intentions are supposed to count for quite a lot in the criminal justice system. The intentions behind an act of violence often make the difference between a charge of manslaughter and murder.

That's why the felony murder rules used to convict many defendants of homicide are so troubling. Defendants charged under Florida's felony murder laws are often confused about why they're facing a murder charge in the first place -- because there's absolutely nothing in the law that requires the defendant to have actually committed murder to be convicted.

"Doctor shopping" is dangerous in Florida

You may or may not have ever heard the term "doctor shopping." Essentially, it's used to describe the way that some people go from doctor to doctor until they find one that will give them a prescription for the drugs that they're trying to obtain.

It's definitely not a healthy practice -- and it's also illegal. In Florida, it can even land you in jail. Here's what you should know:

Penalties for minors using Juul devices

The popular e-cigarette brand Juul Labs is under investigation for targeting advertisements toward minors. There have been three recent lawsuits against the $15 billion vaping company alleging the thumb drive e-cigarette caused users to become addicted to nicotine. One of the Juul lawsuits was filed by the parents of 15-year-old Juul user.

As studies show a hike in high-schoolers using e-cigarettes, it’s important that students remember there are legal penalties for any person under 18 years of age who knowingly possesses or attempts to obtain any nicotine product or a nicotine dispensing device.

There's nothing benign about synthetic marijuana

The medical community's growing acceptance of marijuana as a beneficial drug and the increasing availability of marijuana through legal means around the nation have some people confused about the place of synthetic marijuana.

Synthetic marijuana, which is also known as "Spice," "K2" and a host of other names, is not really marijuana. It is also neither safe nor legal.

What is a community control sentence in Florida?

If you've been charged with a felony, you may have an opportunity to receive a community control sentence in lieu of incarceration as part of a plea deal.

While this is an alternative to prison, it's important to understand exactly how community control works -- and how it differs from probation -- before you accept the terms. Otherwise, you may quickly find the sentence intolerable.

Sharing drugs can lead to murder charges

In 2016, there were 63,600 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. according to the CDC. This was three times higher than in 1999. As these types of deaths continue to mount, prosecutors treat each death as if it were part of a crime scene and they are looking to hold someone criminally responsible.

Friends, acquaintances and family members of the deceased may now find themselves charged for the homicide of an overdose victim. Sharing drugs at a party or a family member who provides drugs to a parent who ran out of pain medication could be prosecuted if those drugs cause a death. Those charged with murder due to an overdose may have been very close to the victim and are usually struggling with addiction themselves.

What are some possible defenses to drug trafficking charges?

A drug trafficking charge is far more serious than a basic possession charge, simply because the nation's drug laws can be draconian. They impose long, mandatory jail sentences on anyone who is convicted -- no matter what the circumstances.

Defense strategies are extremely important in drug trafficking cases, so make certain that you discuss the specifics of your situation with your defense attorney -- and no one else. (You certainly don't want to discuss how you ended up in your situation with the police, for example.)

Violent crime in rural areas is increasing, eclipsing city crime

People used to think of cities as the place where violent crimes were likely to happen. Today, anyone with any knowledge on the matter knows that rural areas are probably a lot more dangerous than anywhere in a city.

These days, cities are far safer than they were in the not-so-distant past. In the meantime, rural areas have become polluted with violence and drugs. In some rural areas, violent crime has risen by as much as 50 percent in the 10 years between 2006 and 2016.

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