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Florida counties punish marijuana possession differently

As you may know, the severity of the penalty for possessing marijuana depends in part on the amount that’s possessed. Possessing 20 grams or less is a misdemeanor. Any amount exceeding 20 grams is a felony.

It turns out that it’s not only the amount of marijuana that impacts the severity of the penalty imposed. The location where you’re using marijuana can also have a major effect on the type of penalty you receive.

When can the police search a car during a traffic stop?

Being pulled over by a police officer is always a tense situation. It can become an even more stressful event if the officer asks to search the car during the traffic stop.

If the officer has a search warrant, they will likely be able to legally search a driver’s car. However, there are also times when the police can search someone’s car. These searches may be legally valid even if the officer doesn’t have a warrant.

3 reasons you should consider fighting a traffic ticket

Police pullovers are fairly common. Maybe you’ve just recently received a traffic ticket for speeding, running a red light or some other violation. Many people would just accept that they have to pay the fines and move on. That is not always the best option.

You can challenge a traffic ticket and you may want to do so. Tickets can have more impact on your life than you think. Here are the 3 main reasons you should consider fighting the ticket:

Florida DUI enforcement among strictest in US

It's no secret that DUI laws in Florida are tough, and are enforced strictly. But how strict is our state compared with the rest of the country? It may not be surprising, particularly to people who have ever faced DUI charges, that enforcement of Florida's laws regarding drunk driving are among the strictest in the country.

A study published last summer found that overall, Florida ranked 14th out of the 50 states when it comes to drunk driving enforcement. This means that our state is above average overall in terms of enforcing drunk driving penalties, and is actually well above the average in certain key components of DUI enforcement.

Options for erasing a criminal charge from record

Criminal records can be accessed by far more people than you might realize. You also might not realize that a criminal charge goes on your record even if you were found not guilty or the charges were later dropped. Having marks on your record can hinder opportunities like employment, financial aid, housing rentals and more.

Your record does not have to haunt you forever though. Sealing or expungement may help you pursue the future you want, free from past charges.

Convicted drunk driver prepares for retrial

If you are charged with a crime, there is one thing that you should remember; no matter what the circumstances, you are innocent until proven guilty. No matter how dire the situation seems, even if you believe that there is no chance that you will avoid a conviction, you should still consult with an attorney and mount a legal defense. Even if you are convicted, the fight is not necessarily over, and you should always be searching for ways to defend yourself and prove your innocence.

Legal Marijuana? Not In Florida.

With marijuana legal in some states for recreational use and legal in others if you have a doctor's prescription, it's easy assume that possession is marijuana is no longer a crime. This is not the case in Florida. You could end up with a criminal record simply because you were unaware of the law.

Just because you obtained cannabis legally in another state does not mean it is legal when you bring it into Florida. If you are arrested for possession of marijuana, it is important to seek prompt legal advice from a Florida attorney before you make any statements that could be incriminating.

Consider carefully before filing domestic violence charges

Domestic abuse is a terrifying thing, and one of the most frightening and serious criminal acts under the law. It is a special kind of torture in which victims face emotional, psychological and sometimes physical trauma on a daily basis, and there is often nowhere for them to seek refuge. Because of the severity of domestic violence, the state takes such accusations very seriously. That is why you should not bring charges without good reason.

Are you a criminal suspect? Here's what you need to know

The vast majority of American citizens and Florida residents are not criminals, and even those who have been convicted of criminal activity are not necessarily criminals. Obviously they are criminals in the eyes of the law, but wrongful convictions are not unheard of. This is important to remember because all too many people think that just because they are innocent, they have nothing to fear.

Florida law covers many different drug crimes

As you probably know, Florida law has very extensive establishments when it comes to drug charges, which is necessary because there are so many different types and classifications of crimes when drugs are involved. The activity in question will change the possible punishment of a conviction, and the substance in question will also play a role in determining legal penalties. Because there are so many variables, it is imperative that those who are accused of drug crimes seek legal aid as soon as possible.

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