If you are like many residents of Florida, you do not spend a lot of time in the courts. Therefore, you may not realize who you are up against when you file a personal injury claim or mount a criminal defense.
Drug charges can result in serious, lifelong consequences if they end with a conviction. Because of this, many families often overlook physical and psychological aspects of addiction while dealing with the legal aspects of a drug problem.
The question of whether you should accept any type of plea deal for a drug charge in Florida is far from simple. In fact, you should probably avoid any general advice on the subject — only a specific review of the details could answer your question adequately.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.