Category: Drug Possession

How police can search a dorm without a warrant

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Generally speaking, dorm rooms are covered by the 4th Amendment. Even though the school owns the property, students have a right to privacy in those rooms. Police cannot just barge in and search them for no reason, and neither can university officials. That being said, there are a few situations in which a search can be carried out without a warrant. These are as follows: If there is an imminent risk that someone is going to be harmed. In these cases, police say that it’s not possible to get a warrant in time, as the person could be harmed before the warrant is given out, and carrying out the search in advance is the only way to keep everyone safe.... Read More »

Schools can drug test athletes randomly

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, March 17, 2016

Did you know that random drug testing is legal in schools in Florida? The Supreme Court decided that students could be tested if there was suspicion that they were using the drugs, but it also upheld that random testing could be used to catch students who had not previously been linked in any way to drug use. Technically, schools are not allowed to test any students. They can only test those who decide to join in competitive extracurricular activities. Students who decline to join these groups then have a right to refuse the testing. This does give students a bit of a choice. If they don’t want to be subjected to testing, they are able to get out of it.... Read More »

Far more drug arrests are for possession than manufacturing

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, March 10, 2016

Many people would likely say that the "War on Drugs" is aimed at stopping those who manufacture and distribute controlled substances. However, the stats show that the vast majority of arrests are actually made for possession of drugs. For example, take a look at the numbers for the past few years: In 2014, there were 1,561,231 total drug arrests. A full 83.1 percent of them were made for possession, while just 16.9 percent were for manufacturing and selling drugs. In 2013, there were 1,501,043 total drug arrests. A total of 82.3 percent of them were made for possession, while just 17.7 percent were for selling or manufacturing. In 2012, there were 1,552,432 total drug arrests. A full 82.2 percent of... Read More »

You may be eligible for drug pretrial intervention

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, February 25, 2016

If you’re facing drug charges, you may be worried that the only options for you are fines and jail time. However, you could actually have more legal options than that, including the use of drug pretrial intervention. It’s incredibly important to know about all of your options and how they work. The drug pretrial intervention program was set up by state law, and it’s a very intense treatment program. If the prosecution offers you the opportunity to use this program, you’ll have to sign a contract and agree to abide by the rules of the program until you have graduated. When you do, the charges against you will then be commuted. Failing to do so means that the judge still... Read More »

The statutes of Florida deal with drug possession

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

Getting accused of drug possession in Florida is no laughing matter. If you are a pharmacist, you can sell drugs. If not, you cannot possess, sell, manufacture or deliver drugs to other people or take them yourself, under penalty of law. There are some strict penalties when you violate these statutes. There are more than 57 substances listed as a controlled substance in Florida statute number 89303(1)(a), and more in others. The selling of illegal drugs is punishable by jail time and fines, and could see you going through a rehabilitation program and probation. If the amount in your possession meets the guidelines, you could face a felony charge on your record. A small amount could see you charged with... Read More »

Drug possession is a serious charge in Florida

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Drug possession in Florida can lead to some serious charges, depending on the drug itself and how much of it is found on your person or in your car or home. Drugs like heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and even marijuana can be detrimental to your freedom. Having drug paraphernalia or precursors to make a drug can also be seen as possession. If you only have a small amount, the charge will be possession. If you have a large amount you may be charged with possession with intent to sell the drug. Prosecutors have to be able to prove that you knew that the drug in question was a controlled substance, beyond a reasonable doubt. Did you have some type of control... Read More »

Does drug possession affect your student aid?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

If you get caught with drug possession in Florida, there are wide-ranging consequences. Some of them have to do with Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Getting caught with drugs can affect your eligibility for student aid. In other words, if you are found to have drugs in your possession — that can be your car, home or purse — and you are currently receiving Federal financial aid, you will be ineligible to receive aid for a specified amount of time. There are ways to get your eligibility back. You can successfully complete an approved rehabilitation program that includes passing two unscheduled drug tests that are given to you by the rehabilitation program you are in. You can also have... Read More »

Drug intervention program possible in Florida

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

In Florida, the authorities crack down on drug possession pretty hard. This means that if you are caught with illegal drugs in your pockets, in your car or in your home, you could be charged with possession. Sometimes, in order to have a high prosecution rate, the police and the assistant attorneys general (the prosecutors) will fudge a bit on the law and will place a higher priority on getting you convicted than on your rights as an American citizen. In the Tampa, Florida, area, our law firm, Mike G Law, has a reputation for fairness and getting those who have been charged with possession of an illegal drug off the charge or getting the charges mitigated to a lesser... Read More »

‘Flakka’ is the new drug of choice in Florida

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Saturday, September 19, 2015

There is always a new drug on the streets that catches the attention of those who seem to be attracted to the latest rage. The new drug is called "flakka," and this word has many meanings to the Hispanic community in Florida. It can mean skinny. The drug, under this name, gives the connotation that it is a strong stimulant and will suppress your appetite to give you a small, anorexic frame. However, it actually means "beautiful, elegant woman who charms all she meets." It may even be attached to a popular music group called Waka Facka Flame. In south Florida, this drug seems to be taking hold in a big way. Sometimes, the person high on this drug will... Read More »

What are stimulants and what do they do to you?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

When you hear about drug possession in Florida, you automatically think that someone is abusing them. Most of the time, people use the drugs they get from the doctor responsibly. Concerns have been raised that certain stimulants such amphetamines (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Ritalin and Concerta), may lead to further drug problems after using them for an extended period of time. The stimulants listed above are usually prescribed to people of all age groups that have attention–deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. People who have ADHD have problems with paying attention and may have impulse control as compared to others their age. The risk of drug abuse may come to these vulnerable people much more easily than it does to the average... Read More »