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Florida's evolving approach to drug sentences

Residents in Florida and around the country have experienced a variety of approaches to dealing with crimes involving drugs over the past few decades. Some politicians, legislators, advocacy groups and more have pushed for a harsher approach to people convicted of drug crimes. This often involved strict jail or prison sentences that may not always truly reflect the severity of an actual offense.

Detailing Collier County's Drug Court

A conviction for a drug offense can seriously hinder your future, limiting your opportunities to secure housing or even work in certain fields in Naples. Thus, if the opportunity exists for you to mitigate the impact of such a conviction, you may want to seriously consider it. Many come to us here at here at The Caldarone Law Group, P.A. asking if such opportunities do indeed exist, and are often pleased to learn that Collier County offers its own equivalent of a drug diversion program. To complete such a program may require a strict commitment on your part, but the benefits it offers may ultimately be worth it. 

Was your doctor authorized to prescribe your medications?

The rise of prescription drug abuse in Naples (and throughout the rest of the U.S.) also introduced a new term to criminal justice lexicon: "pill mills." Pill mills are clinics where practitioners prescribe higher numbers of narcotic medications than those would expect from a standard practice of the same medical specialty. You trust your doctors implicitly, and thus likely assume that they have the authority to prescribe you the medications they suggest. Knowing for sure may help you know whether or not the prescriptions you have were prescribed lawfully. 

Reviewing Florida's medical marijuana laws

The debate over the use of marijuana for medical purposes has grown significantly in recent years, to the point where many states have enacted laws allowing for it. Florida is one such state, yet a lack of understanding over the guidelines regulating it is still rampant. Misinformation about medical marijuana use could leave you facing drug charges. If you have questions about it, know that you are in a similar position to many in Naples that we here at The Caldarone Law Group, P.A. have assisted. A better understanding of legal medical marijuana use will certainly help you manage such treatment (if you wish to pursue it). 

Where are drug charges considered more serious?

No one in Naples ever wants to face the prospect of being convicted on drug charges, yet if you do happen to be arrested for a drug offense, you want to ensure that you are only charged with that which is directly applicable to your alleged actions. Law enforcement authorities will often look for aggravating factors in a case that seemingly make it more serious. This may simply be a way to embellish the drug charges against you in order to strengthen their case. Thus, you should be wary of any attempts to do this against you and how you might be able to challenge them. 

How can I get help for drug addiction?

Every day people in Florida suffer from the ramifications of drug addiction. Seeking appropriate treatment is crucial in this case, especially if you’ve been recently charged with drug use or possession, which are very serious offenses. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains a few of the many different treatment approaches, which can help secure the best option for you.

Whose drugs are they?

If you face drug charges in Florida, your freedom could be at stake. Depending upon which drug and how much of it law enforcement officers allege you possessed at the time they arrested you, a conviction could result in a long jail or prison term plus a hefty fine.

Behaviors that constitute prescription drug abuse

When people hear the term "drug abuse," their first thought is often extreme addictions to drugs like methamphetamine or heroine among others. However, prescription drug abuse is also a common problem in Florida and one that is not as noticeably prevalent. When people understand the behaviors that constitute prescription drug abuse, they can take active measures to protect themselves from potentially misusing a drug and putting themselves at risk of becoming addicted or injured. 

Detailing pain clinic registration requirements

The rise seen in prescription drug abuse in both Naples and throughout the rest of the U.S. in recent years has prompted lawmakers to enact policies intent on restricting access to addictive medications. A problem may exist, however, with many of these new laws in that they may make it more difficult for those (like you) who legitimately need medications on a frequent basis for pain management. Many have come to us here at The Caldarone Law Group, P.A. worried that the types or amounts of prescription drugs that they take may be unlawful. Such concerns may be legitimate if you are not receiving your meds from an authorized source. 

Detailing legal opioid medication supplies

Recent news reports suggest that the abuse of opioids in prescription drugs has reached near-epic proportions both in Naples and throughout the rest of the U.S. The rise in prescription medication abuse has prompted legislation that some might even accuse of deterring doctors from prescribing drugs when they may be warranted. Many clients come to us here at The Caldarone Law Group, P.A. confused as to whether their prescription drug use might be considered criminal. If you share the same concern, know that understanding the laws regarding medication prescribing and use may help protect you (and your doctor) from facing criminal accusations. 

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