If you've been arrested on drug charges in Florida, do you know your rights? If not, you are at a disadvantage. First, you have a right to have an attorney, which you probably already know, but it is more than likely the most important thing you can do. Being represented when you face your charges goes a long way.
Florida laws are very specific when it comes to drug charges. If you are accused of being involved with illegal drugs of any kind, you should be aware of the penalties you could be facing if you are charged and convicted.
Drugs are apparently not just for the young. In Miami-Dade, a 62-year-old woman was arrested for growing and trafficking marijuana. Investigators claim she was running a full-blown hydroponics lab.
A recent investigation into a prolific drug operation in Florida has led to the arrest of more than four dozen people who were allegedly using the drugs. Official reports say that the St. Lucie operation was a hub for prescription drug distribution, with the alleged leaders selling hydromorphone, Xanax, oxycodone and a variety of other medications. Further, the drug ring was also selling hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and ecstasy, according to allegations from investigators.
Miami-Dade county readers know that drug addicts often find themselves committing other illegal crimes to be able to support their illegal drug habits. Therefore, arrests in crimes such as burglary and robbery sometimes lead to drug charges as well. One Miami-Dade worker has allegedly been exposed for stealing from his job to trade paraphernalia for drugs.
Inside informants are very important to many Florida police investigations and are especially indispensable in the field of drug investigations. Informants can provide specific information that is just not available from other sources outside of the investigation.
California was the first to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 when it passed Proposition 215. Now Florida is considering it, and it has been reported that The Florida Sheriff's Association is trying to fight against the legalization of marijuana. In November, voters will determine whether the use of medical marijuana is legal or not.
Florida law separates crimes into felonies and misdemeanors. Drug selling and possession crimes cover a wide range of offenses and types of drugs. The law also differs in the severity of crimes and from Florida state to federal crimes.
When Florida police investigate a drug-related crime, they may use such tactics as wire taps, surveillance and informants. There are many tactics that are used by the police, which are legal, but that people may not be cognizant of. An arrest and conviction of drug possession of even small amounts of marijuana or other drugs can result in high fines, jail time and a criminal record for life.
As the Florida prison population continues to grow, Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder is advocating for a proposal regarding drug sentencing changes in an endeavor to reduce prison overcrowding and the very large cost of incarceration.