Category: Drug Possession

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Is Possession of a Controlled Substance a Crime?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Controlled substances in Florida are subject to strict legal rules and regulations—but they are not always illegal to have in your possession. But being charged with the possession of a controlled substance that you are not cleared to own can be a serious offense, especially in Florida, which has some of the most stringent drug laws in the country. Possession charges can have severe consequences, including: Fines Prison time Driver’s license suspension Difficulties finding employment or housing But there can be a lot of confusion around what a controlled substance is and who is allowed to own and use them. If you are being charged with the possession of a controlled substance, it is important to understand what rights you... Read More »

Florida medical marijuana laws

Florida Medical Marijuana Laws: Know Your Rights

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Many Florida patients are happy that they live in a state where medical marijuana is available. Unfortunately, there still remains some confusion about Florida medical marijuana laws (and Florida marijuana laws, in general). In addition, there is growing concern about the state’s involvement in maintaining a registry of medical marijuana patients. One question that we’ve seen a lot is whether the database can be accessed by law enforcement. Here’s what you need to know about Florida medical marijuana laws in order to protect yourself. Who Can Get Medical Marijuana in Florida? To become a medical marijuana patient, you must have a qualifying condition that is recognized by the state’s MMJ program. Currently, the Florida Department of Health Office of Medical... Read More »

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What You Need to Know About Marijuana in Florida

The marijuana industry is big. It seems like there are dispensaries popping up all over the place, with big names like MedMen vying for Florida licenses. And while this visibility may bode well for the industry, for many people, it can be confusing. The ubiquity of marijuana can make it seem like it’s no big deal to carry some flower or a vape cartridge with you. However, doing so could land you in deep legal trouble—even if you have a prescription. Is Marijuana Legal in Florida? Currently, medical marijuana is legal in Florida. However, marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I drug under both state and federal law. The recreational use, possession, or sale of marijuana remains illegal. Individuals... Read More »

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Charged with Drug Trafficking? What You Need to Know

There are a variety of drug charges that can be brought in Florida at both the state and federal level with varying degrees of severity. The deciding factors for which charges will be filed generally have to do with the type of drug and the quantity of drugs seized. In this article, I’ll be covering state drug trafficking charges in Florida and providing an overview regarding drug classes, charge types, and possible punishments. Ultimately, no blog post can compare to have a one-on-one conversation with a skilled Tampa drug lawyer. If you’ve been charged with drug trafficking or another drug offense, contact the office of Mike G Law for a free consultation. Drug Classifications in Florida The long list of... Read More »

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What are Florida Drug Possession Laws?

The nation is gripped in an opioid epidemic. Overdose deaths have made the news, not just because of their prevalence, but because they can affect all communities. While groups attempt to curb the use of opioids and provide help or treatment to addicts, the possession of opioids without a prescription remains illegal leaving law enforcement to crack down in an attempt to save lives and get illegal opioids off the streets. Simultaneously, more states are approving medical marijuana (including Florida) and even recreational marijuana for adult use. What does this mean for drug possession laws? Is it ok to possess marijuana but not fentanyl or oxycodone? Is possession of particular drugs punished more harshly than possession of other drugs? What... Read More »

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Charged With Federal Drug Crimes? What You Need to Know

When charged with federal drug crimes, having an experienced Tampa defense lawyer who can properly represent you in court is essential. A federal drug crime charge will lead to a tough prosecution and heavy penalties if convicted. To ensure that your rights are protected and that you have the best legal defense, you’ll need a lawyer with experience at the federal level. Public defenders are often overworked and ill-equipped to handle individual defenses. Seeking qualified representation can help you fight a charge or seek a plea agreement that results in a reduced sentenced. Here’s what you need to know about being charged with a federal drug crime and what your next step should be. The Difference Between Federal and State... Read More »

Drugged drivers

More law enforcement agencies looking for drugged drivers

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, June 23, 2017

The growing danger of drugged driving leading accidents continues to be a concern for law enforcement agencies across Florida. It is also widely viewed as a reason against the legalization of marijuana for recreational use even though a number of surveys and polls suggest that many more Americans would not oppose its legalization. Despite this sentiment, there is still the looming danger of people being injured and losing their lives in crashes ostensibly caused by drugged driving. In fact, the number of people found to be impaired by prescription or illegal drugs while behind the wheel has increased. A USA report found that at least two in ten drivers involved in accidents in 2015 were found to have Xanax,... Read More »

When drugs are the root of another legal problem

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Monday, March 27, 2017

From Florida to New York to Wisconsin and beyond, people struggle with substance abuse. Men and women and teenagers from all demographics can find themselves battling addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. It is a physical, emotional and societal problem. Addiction is also the cause of other situations that get people into trouble with the law. One example of a criminal charge that an addict is more likely to face is domestic violence. Research shows an alarming connection between the use of drugs and someone’s chance of engaging in violent behaviors toward family members or partners. The U.S. National Library of medicine cites research showing that as many as half of domestic violence cases involving men as the alleged perpetrators include... Read More »

What follows an arrest and what is to be expected?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Sunday, March 19, 2017

If you are reading this blog, maybe you are not facing legal trouble but a loved one is. Did you just learn that a family member or friend was arrested? Did this news make you anxious, worried and wondering what the legal options are? At the beginning of a criminal arrest experience, two things can come into play: bail and bonds. There is also the entire booking experience that you might wonder about. The following are some basics to learn about these matters according to FindLaw. You’ve received a call informing you that someone you love was arrested. You might wonder, “Now what?” The next step will depend on a few things. How serious was the alleged offense for which... Read More »

More than luck of Irish needed following St. Paddy’s drug arrest

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Sunday, March 19, 2017

Friday began what was likely a variety of St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans in Tampa and greater Florida. The day for the Irish serves as more than a holiday for them; people of all backgrounds love a reason to celebrate not just that part of our nation’s past, but also the arrival of spring. But as drug crime defense attorneys see so often, holiday celebrations can be capped off with bittersweet endings when something like a St. Paddy’s celebration results in a drug arrest or other criminal allegation. It isn’t just criminal defense lawyers who see that reality play out. There is a study out suggesting the risk of getting into trouble in Florida on St. Patrick’s Day. A source compiled... Read More »