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Will a first-time offender have to pay bail?

Getting arrested is a scary experience, particularly for first-time offenders. They likely do not know anything about the arrest process, other than what they have seen on TV. What is shown on most TV shows would not do much to alleviate fears. Usually, a first-time offender will face less severe penalties and should not have to stay in jail.

Women increasingly falling victim to opioid addiction

When people picture the face of the opioid epidemic, they likely imagine a young man shooting up heroin somewhere like an abandoned building. They probably do not think about their wives or mothers becoming addicted to an opioid. The startling truth is, that in the United States, the number of women dying from opioid overdoses has increased more sharply than the number of men.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 18 U.S. women die each day from an overdose of prescription pain killers. In 2015, women accounted for 33 percent of the opioid deaths. From 1999 to 2015, the number of women dying from an opioid overdose increased 568 percent compared to a 380 percent increase for men.

What to do if your child is charged with drug possession

You and your spouse have worked hard to provide a loving, comfortable home for your children. You tried your best to raise your child right. Now your son or daughter has been charged with drug possession. You are not sure how you got here, but you know you want to do everything you can to protect your child’s future.

The federal government is about to 'get tough' on opioids

The opioid crisis has captured national attention in recent years. It finally reached the White House in March when President Donald Trump announced his new plan to combat the opioid epidemic in America. Trump's plan is multifaceted and could mean different things to different people. What does it mean to you?

An estimated two million Americans have a substance abuse disorder involving prescription painkillers, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine. For many people in need of pain relief, an opioid prescription becomes an addiction, leading them to be an unwitting participant in America’s opioid epidemic. Further, some people seeking pain relief now find themselves facing criminal charges.

Can I clear my criminal record in Florida?

If you’ve ever been arrested, you now have a criminal record. Even if the charges against you were subsequently dropped, or even if you were found not guilty in court, the offense remains in your public history. Anyone who does a background check on you can discover the offense—sometimes just by conducting a simple Google search.

However, if the offense occurred in the state of Florida, you may have the opportunity to clear the offense from your record—either by sealing or expunging it.

Understanding the consequences of probation violation

Probation is a form of community supervision granted to low risk offenders in lieu of incarceration with the main goal of rehabilitation. During the probationary period, the person must comply with any conditions ordered by the court. The length of the probationary period and the terms differ for each case and usually depend on the severity of the offense and any prior convictions. The state of Florida views probation as a privilege and not a right.

Florida AG joins united push against opioid makers

Just in time for the 2018 elections, Attorney General Pam Bondi has announced a fresh initiative against drug makers and drug users.

The focus of this new initiative is on opioid drugs prescribed by physicians, including hydrocodone (Vicodin) and Oxycodone (OxyContin).

Boating under the influence (BUI)

Boating while impaired is a serious offense. Florida has some of the strictest boating under the influence (BUI) laws in the nation, and some of the strongest enforcement.

If you have recently been issued a BUI citation, the process for fighting it is very similar to a driving under the influence (DUI). The consequences are not as severe, but you don’t want this on your record as a prior conviction. It is important to fight a BUI just like a DUI for that reason.

Tiger Woods to benefit from diversion program

Tiger Woods has spent more time in the news for his driving infractions than his golfing successes recently. Woods, who was arrested in May after he was found unconscious in his Mercedes-Benz in Palm Beach County, pleaded guilty to reckless driving recently, agreeing to enter a diversion program to settle a charge of driving under the influence that stemmed from the incident.

Woods, who did not test positive for alcohol but did have two painkillers, Xanax and Ambien in his toxicology report, was found in his car some fifteen miles from his house, according to an article by the LA Times. 

Probation: Is it just a 'get out of jail free' card?

People who are charged with a crime may be eligible for probation, especially if it's a person's first offense. Probation replaces some or all of a jail sentence that would have otherwise been imposed, so it is typically something to fight for if you are facing criminal charges.

However, receiving a sentence of probation is not something you should take lightly. While it can be a much more attractive option than spending weeks, months or years behind bars, there are several reasons why probation is not simply a "get out of jail free" card.

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