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Heroin possession charges in Florida

If you face heroin possession charges in Florida, there is no sugarcoating it - your situation is serious. Possession of any amount at all, no matter how minimal, counts as a felony. 

The one part of a possession case where the amount makes a difference is sentencing. Generally, the Florida penalty for possession of 10 grams or less consists of imprisonment for up to five years. If prosecutors prove possession of an amount over 10 grams, the penalty can be as much as 30 years. If the charges also include manufacturing, trafficking or intent to sell, additional harsh penalties can come into play.

When a confession is coerced

The arrest process is extremely distressing to almost every person. From drunk driving to aggravated murder, a conviction can lead to a criminal record that negatively impacts your future. How you respond to law enforcement officers who arrest and question you can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. 

Those arrested are at times coerced into making a false confession. One notorious example is the Central Park Five. After a jogger was raped and murdered, five men falsely confessed to the crime, even though they were innocent. What causes a person to confess to a crime they did not commit?

Could age be making you more sensitive to alcohol?

Adults of all ages can have problems with alcohol, but typically, senior citizens are not the ones going out to drinking parties. Unfortunately, as people age, their bodies change. Alcohol is not metabolized as efficiently as it was when a person was younger. Medications change how alcohol affects a person. It is essential to consider how alcohol affects you based on many different factors before you get behind the wheel of a car after you have been drinking.

What is double jeopardy?

If you have watched movies, TV or listened to the radio, then it is likely that you have heard the term double jeopardy in reference to criminal trials. Double jeopardy is part of a clause written into the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution that protects you from being tried twice for the same crime. There are a few exemptions to double jeopardy, and some states do not guarantee this right, although the Bill of Rights applies to all local and state governments, ensuring that all defendants get the same protection.

Why do I need a criminal defense lawyer?

It seems like common sense that you would want a lawyer to represent you if you are charged with a crime. It is not for nothing that the Constitution provides a right to be represented by counsel in a criminal case. However, for a variety of reasons, many people seriously consider representing themselves. Some simply do not trust lawyers, others are concerned about the expense, and yet others feel that their case is a simple matter they can handle themselves. While these feelings can be valid, there are several strong reasons that legal DIY is not a good idea.

Multiple functions let ignition interlock devices monitor drivers

If you should have the misfortune of being charged with driving under the influence, your whole life could be turned upside down. Even a single charge could result in a loss of your driving privileges. But if you should be arrested multiple times within a certain time frame, you will be facing a number of possible penalties that include a license suspension.

An arrest record expungement could improve your job opportunities

Florida's job market can be very competitive. And even if you have spent years in school or on the job acquiring your work credentials, there will always be others who have equally impressive resumes. So when an employer is considering which candidates to interview or hire, the decision could turn on a single item in a background check; a criminal record.

Can I request an independent blood test?

Many people have heard of and are familiar with the breath test as conducted by law enforcement at the time of a traffic stop where suspicion of driving under the influence is a factor. Many people have also heard the test can be inaccurate and unreliable. And then, in some cases, a breath or urine test may be deemed impossible or simply impractical and a blood test is instead ordered when law enforcement suspects a person of operating their vehicle while under the influence. The blood test is used to determine to presence and content of alcohol within your blood and possibly any controlled or chemical substances in the blood. But what if you don't trust the test performed on you or think the results are inaccurate?

Drunk driving charges follow dunked car

When you are navigating the roads at night, you are not always able to see with the ease you have during the day. Sometimes there are no streetlights, other times a car may not have its lights on, and sometimes people wear dark clothes and nothing reflective to catch your car's lights and alert you to their proximity. Even still, lights from other sources when directly in your line of vision can make it difficult for you to see and provide moments of uncertainty and panic.

What if I need to drive for work?

When you receive your first-ever driving under the influence charge in Florida, you are going to have a lot of questions. Some of the most intrinsic to carrying on your daily routine revolve around what will happen to your license. This is a major concern, as public transit and ride-sharing may only be tolerable for a short period of time before greater changes may become necessary in order to make your situation work.

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