Category: Cocaine

Cocaine trends might suggest increase in related arrests

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, December 30, 2016

It might seem cliche to discuss Florida and cocaine together. These aren’t the days of Miami’s big cocaine boom. Still, Tampa authorities and police throughout the state make cocaine-related arrests relatively routinely. Men and women find themselves accused of drug crimes tied to cocaine these days, too. And the threat of a conviction is a serious threat against people’s freedoms. If stats published in a recent Washington Times piece are accurate, it is probable that people not just in Florida but in other states will endure cocaine-related arrests. According to the Health and Human Services Department, the rate of cocaine use has increased in 16 states and decreased in none of the rest. So, while much drug law discussion has... Read More »

Why did you have a false positive for cocaine?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, June 3, 2016

Most people feel a bit nervous when being given a drug test in Florida, even if they haven’t used drugs before. The fear is that the test is somehow going to come up positive anyway, causing all manner of legal and employment-related problems. This fear isn’t entirely unfounded. False positives do happen. If you’ve tested positive for cocaine and you think it’s a false reading, there are a few reasons why it could happen. Drug testing labs aren’t always well run and well maintained. Some experts have noted that kitchens in restaurants have more government regulations. Tests have been carried out and some labs performed poorly even when they knew they were being tested. In other cases, samples were sent... Read More »

Do drug officers target certain types of people?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Technically, drug officers are not supposed to target certain groups of people. They are supposed to treat everyone fairly, never assuming that people are guilty because of the way that they look or anything else. However, in practicality, this may not always be how things work out. One officer said that he definitely targeted different groups because he’d seen that those groups were more likely to have drugs. He also claimed that the practice, no matter how bad it looked, would work. For example, he said that he knew college students often brought drugs to parties. Therefore, while working on a highway, he’d just look for cars that had bumper stickers for local colleges. He knew those cars were more... Read More »

Cocaine charges can be mitigated

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, January 7, 2016

When you get picked up on cocaine charges in Florida there can be some fairly stiff penalties that you face. No amount of regret can remove the stigma of getting arrested on drug charges. The police sometimes want their arrest record to grow and they are not concerned with your rights. At the Law Office of Mike G. Law, we are concerned with your rights under the laws of Florida. We know that you need someone in your corner who will help fight these cocaine charges. In Florida, the laws are pretty clear. Section 775.082 of the Florida Statutes deals with this type of arrest and what penalties will be imposed. If you are caught with a small amount of... Read More »

Cocaine charges can be fought

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Because of where it is situated, Florida is a fairly popular place to import drugs. Being surrounded by the ocean is an ideal situation for drug traffickers and for those who do the transporting. It has been said that no other drug has shaped the region more than cocaine. Drug money from this type of operation brought millions of dollars into the state in the 1980s. It has even been said that 80 percent of the Miami, Florida, skyline was financed by the cocaine trade. Manuel Noriega and Pablo Escobar were part of the ruthless cocaine cartels that helped shape Florida’s history. Knowing this, it should not come as a surprise that the cocaine laws in Florida are particularly harsh... Read More »

Short-term and long-term effects of cocaine use

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Monday, November 9, 2015

Using cocaine can lead to more than just an arrest record and a fine. It has physical effects that are pretty damaging. The short-term and long-term effects prove that this is a dangerous drug that can lead you into hurting yourself and those around you. If you are involved in taking this drug, or have someone you love who is hooked, you may want to read on. The facts speak for themselves. The short-term effects of cocaine use cause you to feel high immediately. This is followed by an intense depression, an edginess that leaves you wanting that high again, so you use the drug again. Can you see the circle you can get into with this drug? People who... Read More »

Conspiracy charges for three men in drug case

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, September 10, 2015

A 42-year-old man has been arrested in Florida for trafficking cocaine. He allegedly also used his son to dilute the drug so that he could sell it locally. The 42-year-old man also allegedly employed his 44-year-old brother to go to Texas to pick up the drugs and gave him money to accomplish this task. These men, based in Jacksonville, Florida, will all get a chance to defend themselves in a court of law. Unfortunately for the brother, Texas authorities made the man stop on Interstate 10 and allegedly found more than 20 pounds of cocaine in his vehicle. After his arrest, the 42-year-old man who is supposed to have paid for this trip turned himself into the police in Florida.... Read More »

Cocaine overdose leads to a woman dead and a man in jail

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, August 13, 2015

When you are charged with cocaine possession, you could get jail time, a fine and a record if you are found guilty. In North Miami, one man, who has been in trouble with the law in the past, is being charged with drugging a woman with cocaine and raping her after they went for drinks together. He was free on bail, a $10,000 bond, while waiting for his trial to begin. This was a concern for the prosecutors. After that arrest and charge, he has now been arrested on another charge that is drug-related. He let a 24-year-old exotic dancer die of a cocaine overdose in her car. He put her in her car, drove her to a remote spot... Read More »

What can I expect if I am arrested for cocaine possession?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It has been said that man is a product of his or her environment. In Florida, the environment is sunny and warm most of the year. It is also a place that cocaine can be found fairly easily. Since the 1980s, this drug has found its way from south and central America to south and central Florida and to the rest of the state and the nation from there. It is said that even the skyline of many cities in Florida have been financed by drug dealing that included cocaine. Being accused of trafficking this drug or even using this drug is disheartening. You can be ostracized by your friends and family, you can lose your livelihood and can be... 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 »