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DUI court in Florida

Statistics show that Florida has one of the highest rates of traffic fatalities related to alcohol. Considering this number, it is easy to understand why significant measures are in place to help prevent and, if need be, punish such events.

For those who commit DUI offenses continuously, additional measures beyond a punishment may be beneficial. For that reason, the DUI court was created, and it continues to grow as a productive alternative to traditional court.

Drug trafficking, prescription fraud and Florida penalties

One example of the opioid crisis that exists nationwide is a recent Florida incident involving the illegal distribution of prescription drugs.

The Office of the Attorney General has confirmed that authorities broke up a prescription drug trafficking ring and arrested seven people, including a pharmacist. If convicted, the participants face serious penalties.

Understanding Florida's 10-20-Life law

Section 775.087 of the Florida Statutes has become widely known as the 10-20-Life law. Passed by the Florida State Legislature in 1999, this law sets forth the mandatory minimum prison sentence you will receive if a jury convicts you of using a firearm during the commission of a forcible felony.

Florida includes numerous violent crime felonies within the forcible felony category, including the following:

  • Murder
  • Aggravated assault
  • Carjacking
  • Home-invasion robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter

When possession crosses the line to trafficking

Drug possession is a serious crime in Florida, and your charges depend primarily on the type of class the drug falls into and the amount you have.

Possessing a "usable quantity" of a drug means you had enough for personal use. However, if an officer finds a large amount of the drug, the police may suspect you of trafficking. When your charges escalate to that level, you cross into the felony category. Take a look at how a recreational drug habit may escalate into something more serious.

An in-depth breakdown of Florida’s DUI law: Part 1

When it comes to drunk driving in Florida, many motorists are not aware there are various aspects to the state’s DUI law. Not only does it encompass driving under the influence of alcohol but also of a controlled or unlawful chemical substance. Regardless of the type of chemical impairing a driver when apprehended for a DUI, penalties are dependent on the other details regarding the offense. 

Law enforcement uses several factors to determine the severity of a DUI charge. It is important for motorists to understand them. Here is a brief overview of the assessment of a DUI charge.

Health effects of heroin use

Heroin is a dangerous and deadly drug. More and more people use the drug, with the usage rate nearly doubling from 2007 to 2012. The fact that heroin use and addiction are so widespread makes it imperative for everyone to know as much as possible about it. 

It is necessary to learn about the short- and long-term effects of heroin use. While it may give users an initial euphoria, the lasting health implications are devastating.

Man imprisoned on false charge of heroin trafficking

Imagine spending over a month in a jail cell for possession of laundry detergent. That is exactly what one Florida resident had to endure earlier this year.

The officer on duty attempted to pass off a large quantity of laundry soap as heroin, using it as evidence to initiate an arrest. This situation raises some important questions about your rights in an accusation as devastating as this one.  

Could the results of your Breathalyzer test be thrown out?

If law enforcement arrested you for DUI and used a Breathalyzer to measure your blood alcohol concentration level, how accurate were the results?

Breathalyzer testing can be inaccurate as an incident in Philadelphia illustrates, and that could mean a whole different outcome for your case.

Are shoppers unfairly targeted at the Target self-checkout line?

Target is a major retailer in Florida. The company has a strong anti-theft shoplifting policy. They aggressively prosecute people who appear to steal items from the store. Nowhere is this more apparent than the self-checkout line.

Every day, innocent shoppers bypass long lines to scan a few items at a convenient self-service kiosk. The process is simple. On this particular day, a female shopper is scanning the bar code on each item before placing them in a plastic bag at the side of the scanner. Her next-door neighbor walks by and stops to chat for a minute. The woman resumes processing her items. She uses a credit card in payment when she finishes scanning her purchases. The machine prints a receipt, and the customer begins to push her shopping cart towards the exit.

3 reasons you may want to skip the self-checkout line at Walmart

No one likes to wait in line, especially in Walmart. After wading through the throng of shoppers in narrow aisles, the last thing you want to do is wait in line behind them.

Enter the self-checkout solution. More stores in the Orlando metro-area have installed a section of checkout stations designed to keep customers moving. However, the self-checkout line comes with a price and it may include handcuffs. Consider these three reasons you should avoid scanning your groceries yourself.

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