Category: Drug Possession

Drug classifications: Do you have a medical use for that?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, February 24, 2017

Various drugs fall under the taboo umbrella of controlled substances. But a controlled substance can vary greatly in terms of regulations compared to another controlled substance. In fact, you probably know that the U.S. criminal justice system classifies drugs quite specifically. How does the drug classification work and why is it set up the way it is? Lawmakers in the U.S. as well as in individual states classify drugs in order to set up potential legal consequences according to the system. Someone caught in illegal possession of a Schedule II drug would face “x” consequence, while someone caught in illegal possession of a Schedule V substance would face “y.” What is a Schedule II drug versus a Schedule V drug?... Read More »

Drug courts have a history in Florida, and important role

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Saturday, February 4, 2017

Various posts on our drug crimes defense blog have touched on the important truth that so many drug cases are tied to medical afflictions, such as mental illness and addiction. Incarceration often doesn’t help society or the person who is locked away. There are alternative options in drug cases here in Florida and throughout the country. Drug courts attempt to address the deeper factors connected to the cases at-hand. They can be a more productive way for society to respond to drug activity.  Did you know that Florida is the home of the first official drug court? It was introduced into the state’s criminal justice system in 1989. With that seemingly long history, many might wonder why the option isn’t... Read More »

Beyond the legal matters of drugs: Mental health, Pt. 2

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

This post continues the conversation of the medical aspects of drug use. As we have shared in prior posts, many men and women get wrapped up in Florida’s criminal justice system not because they are drug criminals, but essentially because they are living with mental illness.  According to the NIH, those struggling with drug addiction are about twice as likely compared to non-addicts to have mental health issues such as depression or anxiety disorders. Beyond the mental health link, there is another link that could predispose people to become addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. Scientists suggest that genetics are another significant factor that increases a person’s risk of abusing drugs. Researchers continue to investigate the exact cause of the genetic... Read More »

Beyond the legal matters of drugs: Mental health

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, January 19, 2017

Drugs can and do create problems within the society of Tampa and beyond. You probably know someone who deals with personal struggles related to drug use. If you do know someone or perhaps have faced drug struggles yourself, you also probably know that drug activity doesn’t occur in a vacuum. This is one of various posts to come that seeks to raise awareness of the health matters that are so often at play behind the scenes of drug charge cases in Florida. The National Institutes of Health explain the numerous health conditions that are tied to drug cases. A common health matter encompasses a number of possible specific conditions. Mental health problems are often linked to the men and women,... Read More »

With flu season here, so is new law impacting cold and flu drugs

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Sunday, January 8, 2017

When there are substances such as cocaine and heroin impacting lives in Florida, it might seem silly to bring up an over-the-counter substance. But one of various new laws that have taken effect in the state creates a consequence related to the use of a common household medicine: NyQuil.  As of Jan. 1, Florida legislation puts locals at-risk of facing drug charges tied to an ingredient on which many of us rely when we are sick. Florida SB 938 regulates the sales of medicines containing dextromethorphan. A couple of common products found in stores with this substance are NyQuil and Robitussin.  Why regulate these products? The cause behind the new Florida drug law is to protect minors from the adverse... Read More »

Teens report less drug and alcohol use, but some still at-risk

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, December 16, 2016

Many of us can look back on our teen years and recognize that we may have made bad choices. It is generally normal for teens to push some boundaries and engage in risky behaviors. These behaviors include drug and alcohol use.  Reuters reports on the results of a study into teens’ current use of cannabis and alcohol. Researchers commonly look at these trends in order to assess whether safety and warning efforts are working to reach the youth regarding the dangers of substance abuse. The newest numbers suggest that efforts to curb teen drug and alcohol use might be working.  Still, there is a percentage of kids continuing to engage in the risky behavior. Those who are caught with or... Read More »

Discuss alternative options with lawyer regarding addiction

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, November 25, 2016

While watching the news or reading about arrests in Florida, it is easy to forget that "suspects" and "defendants" are people. Behind every criminal case is a person, with a family and friends. They have a story and unique circumstances.  Because of that reality, it is important for someone who has been arrested for drug issues to know about an opportunity through Florida’s courts. Drug court might be a worthwhile option for you, an option that could lead to a life change. Basically, drug courts are available options to defendants in specific legal circumstances: Those whose charges involve some sort of substance abuse Those without a felony on their records Those whose cases don’t involve violence Those who are 18... Read More »

Be wary of requests by police during a traffic stop

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Saturday, November 5, 2016

You are out driving in Tampa. A police officer pulls you over. Maybe he tells you that you were speeding. This is a pretty routine traffic stop, but even a routine incident can become something more serious if certain caution isn’t exercised. Many drug cases in Florida begin with a so-called simple traffic stop. The reasons for that might vary. One reason, however, could be because not enough people understand and exercise the rights that are important to protecting their freedoms. What can you do to try to best protect yourself from aggressive, sometimes sneaky police tactics? When you are in the midst of a traffic stop, the stress and confusion of the incident can leave you feeling helpless or... Read More »

Man falsely arrested for doughnut mixup stands up for his rights

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Saturday, October 29, 2016

How can something as seemingly innocent as a Krispy Kreme affection lead to a drug case in Florida? The answer is both simple and very troubling: unreliable drug testing by police. As we shared in an August post, a man was arrested last year following a traffic stop because police believed doughnut icing in his car was methamphetamine. A drug test reportedly confirmed the officers’ hunch, only later to be determined faulty. There is an update in the Florida false arrest case. Due to the negligence of the police and the inaccurate nature of the tests, the man who went through the drug arrest is suing the police as well as the maker of the faulty test. This true story of... Read More »

‘Truth’ photos: Violation of privacy or drug crime prevention?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, October 21, 2016

The United States is infamous for its ongoing "War on Drugs." In at least a couple of cases outside of Florida, authorities have adopted their own, some might say startling, method of fighting drug use in their communities.  When the police arrived at scenes and found people who were unconscious because of drug use, what did they feel the urge to do? The officers snapped and/or collected and shared photos of the situations, both of which involved young children who can be seen in the images.  These photos and the philosophy behind releasing them have ignited debate and mixed emotions. Do you think that the pictures of parents passed out because of opioid overdoses with their children in them cross... Read More »