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Will FL lawmakers get rid of automatic driver’s license suspension for drug crimes?

According to a report released back in December, Florida is among a group of states that issue thousands of driver’s license suspensions every year for drug offenses. These suspensions occur under laws going back over 20 years. States began passing such laws back in the early nineties after a federal law made highway funding dependent on cracking down on drugs. Most states have since repealed their laws and seen a significant decrease in license suspensions.

Cell site simulator technology presents potential constitutional issues

We’ve previously discussed on this blog the issue of cell phones and privacy in the context of criminal investigation and prosecution. As we’ve noted, law enforcement is limited in its ability to examine cell phones for evidence of criminal activity without a warrant. Generally speaking, a search warrant is required for law enforcement to examine a cell phone, though exceptions can apply. In Florida, law enforcement can also compel cell phone owners to give up their passwords to facilitate a search.

Hotel, Motel, Methamphetamine Sting

Late last month, after receiving a tip, police in Polk County conducted a raid on room 246 of the local Stay Inn & Suites. Their operation resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine, marijuana, and firearms and yielded five arrests. The suspects face multiple felony charges and, if convicted, could serve decades in prison.

Fate of federal marijuana law enforcement under Trump administration not clear, P.2

In our last post, we began discussing the present uncertainty about how President Trump will address the enforcement of federal marijuana law. As we noted, while the Department of Justice under Barack Obama took a lenient stance toward law enforcement—only enforcing federal law against those who failed to abide by state law—marijuana is still an illegal substance under federal law.

Fate of federal marijuana law enforcement under Trump administration not clear

Those who have been following the developments in marijuana law in recent years know that there has been somewhat of an uncertain state of affairs with respect to federal drug law enforcement. Although the Department of Justice had, under President Obama, been working under a policy of leaving alone those who followed state marijuana laws, federal laws criminalizing marijuana have remained on the books.

Cell phones, password protection, and constitutional rights, P.1

Privacy is an important issue when it comes to criminal investigations. Law enforcement officers are required to follow very specific rules related to privacy, and their failure to do so is an infringement of the constitutional rights of criminal suspects. With the popularity of cell phones and other mobile devices, the question of privacy is coming up more often in criminal cases.

Predictive policing technology raises civil rights concerns

In previous posts, we’ve looked at the emerging issue of facial recognition technology in law enforcement, and the constitutional issues it may raise for criminal suspects. As we noted in those posts, the technology law enforcement has at its disposal is constantly changing, constantly improving, and the threats to privacy are therefore ongoing.

Bond amount may have surprised woman charged with drug crimes

Some people may not be aware at how high bond is sometimes set when a person is charged with a drug-related crime in Florida. This appears to be the case for one particular woman who is currently facing several charges for drug crimes in this state. The situation recently unfolded as part of an extensive investigation.

Shipmates detained in Florida for suspected drug crimes

A sailing expedition on the high seas in the Caribbean was brought to a halt in a surprising turn of events on a recent Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard was involved in the situation and helped in the apprehension of several drug smugglers. The vessel in question was brought to a U.S. Coast Guard base in Florida and at least five shipmates were removed from the boat and detained on suspicion of drug crimes.

Looking at search and seizure issues in criminal defense, P.4

Last time, we began looking at the exclusionary rule and the protections it can offer to defendants in criminal cases where prosecutors attempt to introduce evidence which was obtained from or as a result of illegal searches and seizures. Again, the exclusionary rule allows a criminal defendant to file a motion to suppress illegally obtained evidence from being introduced into the court record.

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