Nobody wants to live in a crime-infested neighborhood -- but it's important not to take away people's civil liberties and their right to due process in the name of safety.
Florida has been undergoing something of a reformation, at least where its criminal justice system is concerned. Legislative changes have -- for the first time -- reversed the tough-as-nails approach to all drug offenses that the state adopted in the wake of the War on Drugs back in the 1990s. Now, judges will finally have some discretionary power when it comes time to sentence at least some first-time drug offenders.
The COVID-19 virus has been making a lot of headlines around the nation. People are naturally concerned about how to stay safe.
Maybe you share your drugs with a friend who just had a back injury. Maybe you sold a few pills because you just needed to make the bills. Maybe you're just dealing enough to support your own habit. You're careful about who knows what you're doing, and you never engage in the kind of high-quantity deals that attract major investigations.
The federal government has moved to seize $1.6 million in assets from a doctor accused of operating a pill mill that operated in Tennessee and Kentucky. The curious thing about this is that the doctor has yet to be formally charged.
There have been a lot of changes under Florida's laws to the way that people are prosecuted and sentenced for drug crimes. However, there are hundreds of prisoners doing time for drug offenses under the old laws.
Being charged with a felony drug possession charge is scary and intimidating. You may be facing some serious time behind bars if you're convicted. You may even be so despondent about your chances of avoiding a conviction that you're contemplating pleading guilty and throwing yourself on the mercy of the court.
Do speaking fees equal bribery? Prosecutors may think so.
Florida authorities and those in the federal government are aggressively pursuing drug traffickers these days. According to news reports, there have been at least four significant drug trafficking arrests in the state since July.
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