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What are drug courts?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

At their most basic, drug courts were developed as an alternative to sending nonviolent drug offenders through the Florida prison system. When utilized appropriately, the drug courts can help offenders get help from local resources and save the state money on incarceration costs. As of 2012, there were more than 2,500 drug courts in the United States, but many people don’t know that the drug courts were first implemented successfully in Florida. Drug courts are different than traditional criminal courts because they seek to figure out what will best help defendants move forward with their lives and also match them with local resources that can help them deal with a prescription drug addiction and learn healthy life coping skills. While... Read More »

Can I go into a pretrial diversion program?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, June 4, 2015

Drug offenses related to cocaine often come with very serious penalties, and prosecutors are known for handling these cases very aggressively. Understanding all of the defense options is the first step moving forward, and a criminal defense attorney can give you more information on whether alternatives — such as pretrial diversion programs — may be a possibility in your case. These programs are a way for defendants to have the charges against them dropped and avoid a trial or a conviction on their criminal records as part of a plea bargain. In exchange, the defendants must satisfy the court’s requirements for the diversion program, which often include some type of drug rehab, counseling, probation and good behavior. Pretrial diversion programs... Read More »

Miami Springs police officer faces federal corruption charges

A sergeant with the Miami Springs Police Department was arrested by the FBI on federal charges of corruption. The 16-year police veteran who began his career with the force in 1999 as a public service aide was the subject of an investigation involving a confidential informant. The United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida, announced that he was arrested for "attempting to affect commerce by extortion under color of official right." The federal complaint alleges that the confidential source informed the sergeant in September last year that he was involved with drug trafficking. Rather than arresting him, the policeman reportedly offered to aid him in his illegal activities. His assistance allegedly included supply of the supposed drug trafficker with... Read More »

Expunging criminal records involving drug charges, other crimes

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Many Floridians believe that if they were arrested for an alleged crime but not found guilty or the charges were dropped, they have no criminal record. Sadly, however, that’s not the case. Anyone who has been arrested or even received a summons involving a crime has a record. That record is public, which means that it can be viewed by potential employers or anyone else who investigates your past. A record involving certain kinds of crimes, such as those related to drugs, can be particularly detrimental to your future even if the charges were dropped. At Mike G. Law, we may be able to get your Florida criminal record expunged or have it sealed if you meet certain legal requirements.... Read More »

Veteran on trial for using marijuana to cope with PTSD

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, May 15, 2015

A Florida war veteran is facing charges of growing and using marijuana after police found six plants in the man’s West Palm Beach home. According to reports, the man had been using marijuana to self-medicate for post-traumatic stress disorder. The man’s story began in 2003, when he joined the army and was then stationed overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq. The soldier was regularly subjected to gunfire, and in 2005, he witnessed the death of an 11-year-old boy he had become friends with. The boy was reportedly shot and killed when the man’s unit was hit by gunfire in an alley. After his service, the Army vet was presented with several medals and ribbons, and he was given an honorable medical... Read More »

What is the process for posting bail?

The process of posting bail is one of the first steps after an arrest, but many people forget about this until they are in jail waiting to be released. If you are given the opportunity to post bail, it can mean that you can continue to work and spend time with your family while you await trial instead of spending the time behind bars. Understanding what happens when you post bail can make the process as stress free and smooth as possible. The very first thing that happens is the courts decide whether you will be eligible for bail and how much it will be set at. If the number seems very large, don’t panic. In some cases, you may... Read More »

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Cocaine: Body effects and possession charges

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, May 1, 2015

Users often can describe clearly how a recreational drug makes them feel without knowing why their bodies and minds respond in certain ways. Knowledge about cocaine doesn’t make the practice of using it any more legal. The coca plant-based drug is addictive and dangerous – getting caught with it can result in a felony record. What does cocaine do that makes Tampa residents take risks? Cocaine delivers a powerful, albeit short-term, burst of energy. The euphoric high is caused by an overload of dopamine, like a pleasure switch that doesn’t turn off. Highs from snorted powdered cocaine last up to a half hour – more intense highs from crack cocaine, the drug in crystal form, last 10 minutes or less.... Read More »

Can drug charges keep me from getting financial aid for school?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sometimes the mistakes that we make can hamper our ability to move forward, even when we are trying to make a change for the better. Many students going to college for the first time or returning after an absence need financial aid to be able to afford a post-secondary education. While there are government grants and loans that can help, being convicted of a drug-related offense while you are receiving financial aid can automatically disqualify you. In some cases, you may even have to pay any money you’ve already received back if you are in the middle of the semester. Many people believe that only felony convictions are serious, but even a misdemeanor drug conviction while you are receiving federal... Read More »

New bill could mean harsher sentences for traffickers

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, April 16, 2015

A bill introduced by Sen. Wilton Simpson could mean heavier penalties and mandatory minimums for those accused of selling synthetic drugs. Substances classified as synthetic drugs include bath salts, synthetic marijuana and other similar substances and can cause adverse health effects or aggressive tendencies in those using them. Currently, there is no trafficking statute that applies to synthetic drugs, which means that the maximum sentence for a conviction is five years in prison no matter how much of the substance the charges involved. Proponents of the bill believe it is needed because the current laws do not offer enough of a deterrent and argue that the way the law stands currently, repeat offenders do not get any worse penalties. If... Read More »

Drug charges and your rights

As an American citizen, you have certain rights under the Constitution that protect you from things like illegal search and seizure. Unfortunately, however, these rights do not always take top priority in drug investigations. Problems with the search and seizure procedures or whether or not the officers had probable cause are two of the most common issues in cases involving drug crimes. Drug charges may involve marijuana, street drugs or even prescription medications, and the exact charges and possible penalties will depend on the type and amount of the substance, as well as the particular circumstances surrounding the arrest. No matter what the situation is, however, the officers must act according to the laws in place and refrain from violating... Read More »