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Getting rid of a black spot on your criminal record

Expungement is a vital part of the Florida criminal process that allows ex-convicts and people who were arrested in the past to put their crimes and alleged crimes behind them to start their lives fresh and new. This article will review what the benefits of expungement are and why you might want to try and apply for one.

Technically, expungement causes an individual's convictions and arrests to be erased from the criminal record or "sealed" from view. The lasting effect of expungement is that the individual who had his records expunged will no longer need to disclose the fact that he or she was convicted or arrested in the past – or at least as it relates to the particular records that were expunged. This means that job applications, apartment applications, school loan/scholarship applications and other applications will no longer need to be marred by a blank spot on one's criminal recorded that cannot be ignored. Furthermore, if an employer searches the individual's criminal background, the issue simply won't show up. Expungement is that powerful.

Drug trafficking defense in Florida

State, federal and local law enforcement agencies are constantly on the lookout for people violating drug laws in Florida. Because we are a costal state, drug trafficking activities are indeed quite common in our state. However, just because an individual has been arrested accused of drug trafficking and other crimes does not mean that he or she is guilty of the offense. Every Florida resident accused of a crime will have the opportunity to defend him or herself against the charges

At the Figueroa Law Firm, we are passionate defendants of people accused of drug crimes in both state and federal courts, and we have extensive experience in all manner of drug-related accusations. Here are some of the most common types of cases we handle:

Man arrested after donut glaze confused with methamphetamine

An Orlando man, who was arrested and accused of crystal meth possession, has filed a legal action against the city for damages related to his inappropriate arrest. Another defendant has also been named for negligence in the manufacture of a faulty drug test kit intended for use in the field. The man alleges that he was wrongly arrested for meth possession when a police officer confused crumbs of Krispy Kreme doughnut glaze on the floor of his car for methamphetamine residue.

The man is asking for damages of $15,000 in his lawsuit relating to the arrest, which happened last December. If he is successful in the litigation, a judgment award of $15,000 would allow him to purchase approximately 15,151 99-cent doughnuts from Krispy Kreme.

Woman accused of drug crimes after caught digging up cash in yard

Federal agents approached a 39-year-old woman earlier this month to ask her what she was doing in the backyard of her residence in Boynton Beach. She responded that she was in the process of burying an urn. However, the federal agents kept digging and allegedly found that the woman was digging up $20,000 cash from the hole.

The agents proceeded to arrest the woman and charge her with the federal crimes of giving a false statement and attempting to remove property to evade seizure. If the woman is convicted of the crimes, she could be sentenced to up to five years in jail and up to $250,000 in fines for each criminal count. The arrested woman is a mother of four, she works in the medical industry, and she does not have a prior criminal history.

Key Largo man arrested and accused of cocaine and heroin crimes

A man from Key Largo has been arrested by police on drug crimes allegations. The arrest followed a joint federal, state and county sting operation. Police had been investigating the defendant's involvement in local heroin and cocaine dealings for some time.

Agents from homeland security, the State Attorneys' Office and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office arrested the 35-year-old man last Thursday. In addition, they arrested a 26-year-old woman who had arranged a meeting between the 35-year-old man and an informant at a resort in Key Largo.

Defending against marijuana crimes in Florida

Marijuana regulation is changing around the United States. Some states allow individuals to grow marijuana at home for their personal use, and some states allow the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. However, the most important fact to note in the discussion, especially when it comes to marijuana and Florida, is that it's still illegal in our state no matter if it's grown, bought or sold.

When it comes to the cultivation of marijuana, those accused of this crime should know that the charges are particularly severe. Those accused of marijuana cultivation could also find themselves facing additional narcotics-related charges, like drug trafficking or intent to traffic drugs. These kinds of allegations might be brought against a Florida resident, even if he or she was only found to be growing a single marijuana plant.

Obama has granted clemency to unprecedented numbers of inmates

President Obama gave a reason to celebrate to 111 inmates who have been held in federal prisons due to nonviolent drug-related convictions. Obama has argued that the prisoners he granted clemency to received overly strict punishments. According to counsel for the White House, the commutations are a reflection of Obama's commitment to making full use of his power to grant clemency in order to give a second chance to people who deserve it.

Obama has granted 673 commutations so far, which is more commutations than the last 10 presidents granted combined. Over one-third of the clemency recipients are currently serving lifetime federal prison sentences for nonviolent drug crimes.

Geneva man accused of drug crimes after traffic stop

A Geneva, Florida, man was recently accused of third-degree drug possession during a routine traffic stop. The 33-year-old man was pulled over by authorities on Exchange Street at around 5:30 a.m., this week, when police accused him of driving on a suspended license.

After investigating the man's vehicle, police claim to have found 22 individually packaged bags of cocaine, which they believe were packaged to sell. They allegedly seized both the cocaine and the money as evidence against the man to later be used in criminal court. In total, the traffic stop led to multiple allegations, including: Class B felony third-degree drug possession, second-degree aggravated unlicensed vehicle operation and speeding.

Do you know the crimes associated with domestic violence?

There is more attention than ever before on domestic violence crimes. For this reason, you need to tread softly to ensure that you are never charged with this crime (among others).

Unfortunately, a domestic violence case can come down to a "he said she said" argument. Furthermore, this is often associated with other crimes, including but not limited to:

What are the details of drug trafficking?

When it comes to drug trafficking, the name alone may be enough to scare you. So, if you're charged with this crime, it goes without saying that you will be worried about the future.

Drug trafficking laws are in place to punish people who sell, transport and/or import illegal substances, such as heroin and cocaine. The punishment for drug trafficking varies based on numerous factors, including the type of drug, the amount of the drug, the area of distribution and whether or not any children were involved with the operation.

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