Category: Drug Possession

Ask defense lawyer about Florida’s drug pre-trial intervention

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Police and prosecutors in the state of Florida aggressively pursue drug cases. If you become the target of their aggressive drug prosecution tactics, do not hesitate to work with a criminal defense lawyer whom you trust. Why? Even a relatively minor drug charge can be life-changing. For example, a young adult who might be facing a criminal charge for the first time could fall into the trap of severe criminal sentencing if they are convicted of that drug charge.  It can be an invaluable option in certain cases for someone who is accused of a drug offense to understand all of the options they have in their case. An option that can be life-changing in a positive way for some... Read More »

Florida man, woman facing drug possession and other allegations

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, September 29, 2016

After recently being taken into custody, one man and one woman may be hoping to address their separate legal predicaments for related incidents. Reports stated that the two individuals were arrested in Florida and are facing multiple charges each, including drug possession. In this situation, there is no doubt that some good legal advice about their criminal defense options may aid them as they move forward. The reports stated that authorities were alerted to the man’s presence after receiving a call about a suspicious vehicle. The man was reportedly parked in a condominium parking lot, and when police questioned him, he purportedly stated that he was "waiting on the woman." He had allegedly agreed to give her a ride in... Read More »

Understanding Florida’s drug possession laws

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, September 23, 2016

From the college student caught with a small bag of marijuana in his pocket to the business executive lacking a valid prescription for the few pills in her car, drug possession arrests happen with stunning regularity here in Tampa and across the state of Florida. When people’s mistakes in judgment and/or addiction issues put them in this position, they naturally want to know from the outset what state law calls for, particularly as it relates to the potential penalties for a drug possession conviction. While this is certainly understandable, any discussion of the penalties for possession charges must be prefaced by an examination of how Florida classifies drugs or, to be more precise, controlled dangerous substances. In general, state law... Read More »

Drug possession charges don’t have to derail your future

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, September 23, 2016

When you are facing drug possession charges, you may feel as if your options are limited, your fate is sealed and your future is compromised. Indeed, you may envision months or years behind bars only to be released into a world of diminished job prospects and perpetual stigmatization owing to a permanent criminal record. While it’s true that drug possession charges are a serious matter, it’s important to understand that you have options, and that life as you know it is by no means over and can perhaps even change for the better.   If this seems hard to believe, consider that there is always the possibility of the state attorney agreeing to assign you to what is known as... Read More »

Was it Flakka?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, August 26, 2016

Drugs, legal and illegal, carry many risks. While those who sell these drugs referred to "side effects," those side effects, in reality, primary effects, just not the ones the drug is marketed for. Some drugs are considered more dangerous. Aspirin can be bought over the counter very cheaply. A kilo of cocaine is slightly more expensive and it comes with much more risk, both for the user and for those who sell it. The presence of illegal drugs was used as the reason for the so-called ‘war on drugs,’ which has cost billions of dollars, increasingly militarized law enforcement and left tens of thousands incarcerated. The latest crisis has been the appearance of "synthetic drugs," such as bath salts and... Read More »

Police test doughnut glaze, decide that it’s meth, arrest driver

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, August 5, 2016

Police officers in Parramore, Florida, pulled a man over and found a suspicious white substance in his car. The man had been pulled over for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign, but officers suddenly realized they may have a bigger case on their hands: a drug bust. They tested the white substance with a drug kit. The kit determined that it was meth. They used a second kit to make sure, and it also showed that the substance was meth. The officers arrested the man, who proclaimed that he was innocent and that he’d never done drugs or even smoke marijuana in his life. The substance was then tested in an official crime lab run by... Read More »

Unreliable drug tests could lead to arrests and convictions

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, July 22, 2016

Every year, police arrest over 1.2 million Americans and charge them with possession of illegal drugs. Often, they use field tests to check for things like crack cocaine. These tests can lead to a conviction when used as evidence. For example, there is one test that uses cobalt thiocyanate, a chemical that changes in color — turning blue — if it comes in contact with cocaine. However, some have argued that these tests are not reliable. After all, they’re pretty much the same in 2016 as the tests that were used in 1973 — more than four decades ago. The tests only cost about two dollars. This is far from the advanced scientific methods people may assume would be used... Read More »

Nursing licenses suspended after conviction of drug charges

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, June 24, 2016

Two women are among two dozen medical professionals who had emergency restrictions placed on their licenses or had their licenses suspended by the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida Department of Health. The two are licensed practical nurse, one who lives in Bartow, Florida and the other is believed to be in Lake Wales, Florida. Both women faced drug charges. They either pleaded no contest or were convicted of the charges. That is what caused the emergency suspensions. One of the women pleaded guilty to possession of Xanax or Alprazolam. That is a third-degree felony. She was arrested in 2014. The other woman faced two charges from cases that began in 2008 and 2008. Both of the charges,... Read More »

Police could bluff with the smell test

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, May 26, 2016

The so-called smell test is fairly unscientific. Essentially, it just means that a police officer thinks he or she smells marijuana. This could happen, for example, if the police pull you over and they’d like to search your car. According to some, though, the police are more than willing to bluff. They may not actually smell any marijuana, but they’re just saying it to watch your reaction. If you stammer out something about how you haven’t smoked in your car in forever, they’ll take that as an admission that you have smoked and use it as probable cause to look in the vehicle. Remember, they need probable cause to do a search. You don’t ever have to give them permission... Read More »

3 key drug laws in Florida

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, April 29, 2016

Tourists and Florida residents alike need to make sure they are well versed in the state’s many drug regulation laws. Below are three key laws to keep in mind: — Marijuana is illegal, and the majority of the possession charges handed out in the state qualify as third-degree felonies. The punishment for breaking this law could be five years behind bars and fines of up to $5,000. However, possession of a very small amount of marijuana—under 20 grams—is not a felony, but a first-degree misdemeanor. This means you’d see no more than one year in jail and fines would only reach a maximum of $1,000. — Rohypnol is illegal, even if you just possess it and you never use it.... Read More »