So often my clients ask me if they qualify for a downward departure when facing a drug trafficking charge or drug charges where the quantity is high enough that it qualifies as a "trafficking" charge. This is one of the most devastating effects of our current laws regarding drug trafficking -- A judge has NO discretion to downward depart on a drug trafficking charge UNLESS the State attorney (the prosecutor) agrees. Otherwise, the Judge, regardless of it being a first offense or that the person was not selling drugs, but merely possessed over X amount of a certain drug, unfortunately that automatically triggers these harsh penalties.
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.
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.
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.