Tag Archive: Criminal Defense

Pregnant addict charged with aggravated assault for overdose

Should someone with a serious addiction problem be criminally charged for overdosing? She should if she is pregnant and the overdose harms the child, according to prosecutors in another state. Unfortunately, it’s not at all clear the mother was fully responsible for the harm to her child in this case. Emergency medical technicians, police and emergency room personnel all seem to have missed the symptoms of an overdose, causing a potentially major delay in treatment for the overdose. The 30-year-old woman was seven months pregnant when she was released from jail recently. She had been in jail for much of her pregnancy on charges of retail theft. When she was released, however, she was prescribed Narcan, a substance that reverses... Read More »

Drug-overdose manslaughter bill passes Florida House unanimously

The Florida House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill that would hold drug dealers criminally responsible when their products cause death. Contributing to a death by distributing a controlled substance would be considered manslaughter. A corresponding bill has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is awaiting consideration by the full Senate. In addition to the manslaughter charge for contributing to death, the bill also adds regulations regarding the opiate drugs fentanyl and carfentanil. Both would be added to Florida’s Schedule I of controlled substances. Fentanyl, which was ruled responsible for the death of internationally renowned artist Prince last year, is approximately 100 times as powerful as morphine and is sometimes used by opioid addicts. The bill adds... Read More »

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Cocaine: Body effects and possession charges

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, May 1, 2015

Users often can describe clearly how a recreational drug makes them feel without knowing why their bodies and minds respond in certain ways. Knowledge about cocaine doesn’t make the practice of using it any more legal. The coca plant-based drug is addictive and dangerous – getting caught with it can result in a felony record. What does cocaine do that makes Tampa residents take risks? Cocaine delivers a powerful, albeit short-term, burst of energy. The euphoric high is caused by an overload of dopamine, like a pleasure switch that doesn’t turn off. Highs from snorted powdered cocaine last up to a half hour – more intense highs from crack cocaine, the drug in crystal form, last 10 minutes or less.... Read More »