The state of Florida takes drug crimes extremely seriously and so should you. If you've been charged with any type of drug crime, you need experienced representation to help you navigate the difficult situation. These types of charges can follow a person for their entire life and there can be prison time and enormous fines.
If you have seen the documentary "Cocaine Cowboys" then you know who Mickey Munday is. Now 72-years-old, he was the star of that documentary in which he openly discussed his past as a pilot who smuggled tons of drugs for Colombian drug-lord Pablo Escobar in the 1980's. In addition to the documentary, he also infamously bragged about his drug crimes in several interviews and social media posts. He served approximately nine years in prison in the 1990s for that operation. However, Munday now finds himself in hot water again. This time, for a completely different, yet still similar, alleged criminal activity.
The state of Florida prohibits the cultivation or manufacture of controlled substances and has in place stiff penalties for each. This includes the growth and/or use of marijuana.
The state of Florida views conspiracy as an express or implied agreement between two parties with the intent to commit a crime. Conspiracy charges are often assessed as an additional charge against defendants who are charged with serious felonious crimes, especially those that involve drugs. Though the burden of proof for a conspiracy conviction lies on the prosecution, these charges are always best addressed with the help of an attorney experienced in defending drug crimes.
A 20-year-old mother and 29-year-old father were arrested on November 14, 2017 in Lakeland after their baby tested positive for methamphetamine. The parents took the child to Lakeland Regional Hospital for treatment of an infected area on the leg which had, by that time, turned black. The mother claimed that the child had received mosquito bites several days prior, and that one of those had become infected.
Drug distribution charges are serious charges which is why accused individuals facing them enjoy protections enshrined in the criminal justice system. In Florida, the sale and distribution of controlled substances is prohibited. Accused individuals can face serious criminal charges, potential penalties and possible consequences associated with possessing a controlled substance with the intent to sell or distribute it.
Any type of drug charges, either possession or possession with the intent to sale, are all serious criminal charges that carry significant potential penalties and consequences. Because of this, criminal defense rights are important to be aware of. A criminal defense strategy is developed in response to the unique circumstances of the situation the accused individual is facing but may challenge the stated facts of the case; challenge procedural errors such as search and seizure violations; or offer other defenses such as a medical use for the drugs.
We’ve previously written on this blog about Florida’s drug-induced homicide law, which allows for an additional criminal charge against those who illegally supply opioid drugs to those who overdose on them. As we pointed out, it isn’t clear whether the law will be an effective deterrent against the problem of illegal opioid use, but it is the way many states are sending a strong message about the problem.
Previously, we began looking at the push to enact and enforce drug-induced homicide laws, noting that Florida recently joined a number of states which have these laws on the books. As we noted, there are various criticisms of these laws, including that they are not effective in preventing overdose deaths, they can discourage suppliers from contacting authorities when an overdose occurs, and that they can end up targeting family members and friends rather than dangerous drug dealers.
Readers may be aware that illegal opioid drug use is an epidemic across the nation, with the number of opioid overdose deaths drastically increasing over the last couple years. State and federal authorities have been working to address the problem in a number of ways.