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Drug charges sometimes carry serious penalties in Florida

Florida prosecutors are typically known for being aggressive when it comes to prosecuting those accused of drug-related crimes. Depending upon the circumstances of an individual situation, a person facing drug charges can incur serious penalties if convicted under Florida law. Legal issues pertaining to the specifics of alleged drug crimes can be quite complicated and confusing to those who stand accused of wrongdoing.

Police say traffic stop for window tinting led to cocaine charge

When a police officer pulls you over, there must be probable cause to stop you. Police officers are not allowed to simply pull you over and start investigating without a good reason. In some cases, even when police claim to have probable cause, careful analysis of the traffic stop reveals that they really didn't.

Police body cameras to play a bigger role in Orlando

Police departments throughout the United States are increasing their use of body cameras on police uniforms. The idea is not only to collect video evidence against defendants, but also to protect against police misconduct and violation of people's rights.

Can a drug charge be wiped from my record?

In addition to fines and jail time, the possible repercussions of a drug charge can extend for years into a person's life. Employers and landlords throughout the United States conduct background checks on job applicants, and a drug charge on your record could limit your employment and housing opportunities.

Under Florida law, when does cocaine possession become cocaine trafficking?

Trafficking in cocaine is a first-degree felony in Florida, but the penalties upon conviction can vary, depending on the amount of cocaine and whether the defendant has any prior convictions. Under Florida law, for a person to be convicted of trafficking, the prosecution must prove that the defendant "knowingly" took part in the manufacture, sale, purchase or delivery of drugs in the state.

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