A question many clients have for me is what is a Nebbia hold? While the most common cases with Nebbia hold's are drug crimes there are other crimes that can get one as well. A Nebbia hold is a detainer or a hold put on by a Judge typically at initial appearances for drug crimes. What is means is that before you are able to bond out of jail the clerk or the Judge needs proof that the funds that are being used to post the bond are coming from a non-nefarious source. What does this mean?
Being caught with "drug paraphernalia" even without the drugs is serious charge in the state of Florida. Any type drug paraphernalia possession is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000. The state defines any product, equipment, or device used to make illegal drugs as "paraphernalia".
Starting this Friday the 7th of November, Orlando will be hosting a two day - two night music festival called the Electric Daisy Carnival. While an event such as this is supposed to be about enjoying the festivities, it is also a perfect time for the police to crack down on drug users and dealers.
Police drug busts are becoming more and more elaborate. As alleged users and dealers get smarter, so do the cops. Gone are the days of suspects being busted only for marijuana or cocaine. Now being caught with illegal pharmaceuticals, or running a potential meth house, has law enforcement's attention.
The United States of America has extremely strict laws when it comes to drug possession and not many states are stricter than Florida. While marijuana is becoming more and more acceptable, the punishment for being in possession of cocaine is as harsh as ever. It doesn't matter how much you are in possession of, even if it is just some cocaine residue in a bag or on your hands, it is a Third Degree Felony in FL.
Local authorities here in the Central FL area continue to crackdown on meth labs. But a recent case proves that sometimes the police don't even need to target a meth lab to get the job done.
When someone is convicted for possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia, the state has to prove that there was "actual or constructive" possession of a controlled substance and or paraphernalia.
MDMA, which is a form of Ecstasy also known as "Molly" in the club scene, has become the new drug of the 21st century. It's even caught the attention of the NFL. Just today, the league suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick four games for failing a drug test that showed "Molly" in his system. Scandrick claims that while he was vacationing in Mexico with a girlfriend, she provided him with the substance and slipped it into the cocktail they were drinking.
Xanax is best known as a prescribed pill that doctors give out to patients in order to treat anxiety and panic disorder. But did you know that you can be arrested for having even just one unprescribed Xanax pill on you? Xanax happens to be the most common prescription drug that is often illegally obtained through theft or prescription fraud. The legal ramifications are harsh for illegally possessing pharmaceutical drugs in the state of Florida. Prosecutors and law enforcement have been focusing on taking down prescription drug offenders for years now.
Drug charges can fall under many categories. Delivery, distribution, trafficking, sales. But what about drug possession for crack/cocaine? Did you know that if you travel with drugs across state lines, that it may lead to federal charges? If you are a first time offender, you might qualify for drug court. If you qualify, drug court can be a very good alternative to regular litigation. So that is some positive news. However, drug court is not too simple. If someone is charged with possession of crack/cocaine and enter drug court, they must attend mandatory classes, counseling, and undergo regular drug testing. Drug court can be a nice alternative to being prosecuted for possession of crack/cocaine since the case gets dismissed after the defendant has successfully completed the drug program.