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What’s the best drug possession defense?

With potentially severe consequences for a drug possession conviction, it's critical to do whatever it takes to defend yourself in court.

Regardless of what happened leading up to your arrest, there's a drug possession defense strategy you can use to your advantage. You simply need to compare your options and settle on the one that makes the most sense for someone in your position.

Florida woman reporting for jury duty charged with possession

A 39-year-old Florida woman has been charged with cocaine possession after allegedly bringing bags of the drug with her when she answered a jury duty summons. A Pasco County Sheriff's Office representative said that the woman was taken into custody on June 25 when she emptied her pockets after triggering a security alarm at the West Pasco Judicial Center. Deputies are said to have used a portable drug testing kit to identify the white powder allegedly found in her possession as cocaine.

Media accounts indicate that the woman was reporting to find out if she would be selected for jury duty. PCSO deputies say that they also discovered traces of methamphetamine on a straw the woman was carrying. She has been charged with possessing methamphetamine, cocaine and drug paraphernalia. According to reports, the woman was booked after being transported by deputies to the Pasco County Jail in Land O'Lakes. Her bond was later set at $6,000.

An overview of underage DUI laws

Individuals under the age of 21 in Florida are subject to "zero tolerance" alcohol laws. In addition to not being allowed to possess or consume alcohol, they are not permitted to drive with a blood alcohol content higher than .02 percent. This is lower than the .08 percent legal limit that drivers 21 and over are subject to. In fact, drivers under 21 can be charged with a DUI even if they don't feel or appear to be drunk.

Zero tolerance laws were designed to combat the potential danger caused by young drivers who are intoxicated. Roughly one-third of all deaths of those between the ages of 15 and 20 occur in car accidents. Of those fatalities, about 35 percent are killed in crashes caused by alcohol.

Florida woman facing drug charges following traffic stop

A Florida woman was taken into custody on June 23 for allegedly trafficking meth and heroin. According to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, deputies conducted a traffic stop on the 2018 Cadillac XTS that the woman was driving on Interstate 95 near Wildwood.

After the vehicle was stopped, a K-9 deputy was brought to the scene of the traffic stop. Authorities did not say why the initial traffic stop was conducted. The K-9 alerted deputies to the smell of narcotics. During a search of the vehicle, 2.21 pounds of methamphetamine and 170 grams of heroin were seized from the vehicle. Additionally, more than $5,000 in cash was also recovered.

Charges filed in Florida heiress fraud case

Authorities have charged a 52-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man with swindling the heiress to the Wrigley chewing gum fortune out of almost $500,000. The arrests come after a yearlong investigation by the Florida Attorney General's Office and Department of Law Enforcement. Reports indicate that the pair worked as a housekeeper and ranch hand at the heiress's Pasco County estate and allegedly began to siphon money from her accounts after being promoted to the positions of bookkeeper and ranch manager.

After their promotions, the woman was authorized to pay ranch expenses and prepare checks for the heiress to sign and the man was tasked with running and managing the ranch. Prosecutors claim that the pair soon became romantically involved and began to take advantage of these privileges. According to reports, the man was fired in January 2017 after the heiress became concerned about several improprieties. He also allegedly attempted to use fraudulently acquired paperwork to retain possession of a Freightliner truck and trailer owned by the ranch.

Landmark drug charges filed in fentanyl case

A 22-year-old Florida man has been charged with distributing fentanyl resulting in death. A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office representative said that the man is the first county resident federally indicted for this crime. He is alleged to have sold the drugs that caused a man to overdose fatally in May 2017. Reports indicate that the man is being held without bond and faces a mandatory life sentence in a federal prison.

HCSO detectives attached to the office's Heroin Working Group were assisted by the U.S. Attorney's Office during the investigation. After paramedics were unable to revive a Tampa-area overdose victim with Narcan, detectives determined that the drugs involved had been purchased from the accused man. Reports suggest that the man told the overdose victim that he was buying heroin, but an autopsy is later said to have revealed that fentanyl had killed him.

Points about victim cooperation in domestic violence cases

Many different factors may be involved in a domestic violence charge. In some cases, the prosecution is relying on statements made by the alleged victim. This means that your family member could have to testify against you, in some circumstances, e.g., if the alleged victim decides to stop cooperating. This is a precarious position.

There are several things to consider when the person at the heart of the prosecution's case withdraws from helping to prosecute the case. If you are in this position, here are some things you should realize:

Man facing drug charges allegedly claimed to be federal agent

A 31-year-old Florida man was taken into custody on May 30 on drug possession charges after allegedly claiming to be a federal agent according to a report from the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Deputies say that the man told them that he was working undercover when a records check revealed that he was driving on a revoked license. He is also said to have admitted to concealing several items on his person. Deputies assigned to the office's street crimes unit say that the man then produced $900 in cash and 31 packages of heroin.

The man has been charged with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and is being held at the Lake County Jail. Deputies say that the heroin was packaged in a way that suggested it was available for purchase. His bond has been set at $40,000, and he is next scheduled to appear in court on June 25.

Five arrested in Florida drug bust

On May 22, Florida authorities arrested five people on various drug and firearms charges. According to the Hendry County Sheriff's Office, deputies searched a property on Bridle Way in Labelle and uncovered 281 grams of marijuana, 7 grams of cocaine, nine Xanax pills, four rifles, two handguns and $3,500 in cash.

Five people found on the property were placed under arrest. They included a 26-year-old man, a 25-year-old woman, a 19-year-old man and two 18-year-old men.

Unpaid hotel room leads to drug charges for 2 people

Residents of Fort Lauderdale may be interested in a drug case that is unfolding in the middle of the Florida Keys. According to news sources, two people are facing charges after authorities discovered cocaine in their possession in separate locations. The series of events that led to the arrests began on May 18 at approximately 9 p.m.

Sources say that Kingsail Resort motel staff contacted Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies after a 21-year-old woman and 27-year-old man entered a hotel room on the premises without remitting payment. When the deputies responded to the scene, the woman reportedly answered the door and allowed them access to the room. There, the law enforcement officials discovered a pipe and 4.4 grams of cocaine.

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