When to Hire a Drug Crime Lawyer

Drug crime lawyers are normally hired when a person is arrested on some kind of drug related charge. There are several types of illegal substance charges that include possession, conspiracy, manufacturing, and distribution. Each type of charge will either be classified as a misdemeanor, felony or in more severe cases of a federal felony.

Possession charges are illegal and are mandated under state and federal laws. Possession is the most common type of drug charge which people are arrested for. Possession is defined as actually having a controlled substance on your person or in your possession. There is physical possession where it has to be somewhere on your person such as your pockets or your hands. Constructive possession indicates that the substance must be somewhere that you had access to such as in your car. So if you don’t have the substance on your person, but it was found in your vehicle, this is where a good drug crime lawyer can come in handy to fight your case. All prosecutors need to do is to link you to the substance found in the vehicle. An experienced drug crime lawyer can argue successfully that just because it was your car that could have been someone else’s chemical substance.

Sales of certain controlled substances are not legal under federal and state laws. The sale of an illegal substance means that you must have transferred the product to another person who then offers to you money for it. However, there are times when a middleman is involved so the drugs and money are exchanged through the middleman. Under this classification, the most common charge is possession of an illegal substance with the intent to sell. Under the intent to sell charge, the state does not have to prove that you were in possession of the drug at any time, all they have to prove is that you intended to sell the substance.

Manufacturing of a chemical substance is punishable by state and federal laws. This charge means that you either produced or created an illegal substance. The two most common charges under the manufacturing charge are marijuana growing and meth labs. In recent years, because of the growing trends in manufacturing chemical substances, many pharmacies now have to resort to storing certain over the counter behind the pharmacy counter.

The most common drug charge in a federal court is the charge of conspiracy. This is when an individual plans to possess an illegal substance with the intent to distribute the substance. This charge carries the most jail time and normally involves more than one person and huge quantities of illegal substances.

If you are caught possessing a methamphetamine, the penalties have become more severe over the years because of the increasing problems with methamphetamine labs. The penalty depends on the state, but is normally 15 to 20 years as a mandatory minimum sentence. The amount of jail time will also depend on the quantity that was found as well as if there were any children present in the home where the math labs are found. Many states now monitor and regulate the sale of cold medication and household ingredients.

Offenses Requiring Sex Offender Registration

Florida took the first step in 1997 to make a list of sex offenders available on the internet as well as making that information also available by telephone hotline for people who do not have the internet. It is a requirement in Florida for those convicted of a sex crime to register and report between two and four times per year, to the Sheriff’s Office. Florida’s requirements include more than just an address to register as sex offenders are required to also report any instant message names and numbers, and email addresses to the Sheriff’s Office. A sex offender’s birth month is what is used to determine which months he/she will be required to report in. If they fail to report, submit to all restrictions or provide all information requested will have penalties that classify as felonies. Sex based crimes in Florida are divided into two categories, Sexual Offender and Sexual Predator.

Sexual Predators

Florida law states that all sex offenders are not always considered to be sexual predators, and that for this to happen, the offender must appear in court before a judge who considers the evidence and makes the designation. Even someone who was convicted of sex based crimes, this does not automatically mean they are a sexual predator. There are five different ways in Florida for someone to be classified a sexual predator. These include first time convictions of: lewd and lascivious behavior in front of someone under the age of 16, kidnapping, buying or selling child pornography, false imprisonment, or sexual battery. You should be aware that this applies even if the conviction occurred in another jurisdiction or state besides Florida.

Another way you can be designated a sexual predator is if you commit one of the above mentioned offenses and especially if you were found guilty of having committed other sexual offenses in the past. Past sexual offenses that can get you a designation of sexual predator include: sexual battery, kidnapping, unlawful sexual activity with a minor, false imprisonment, having a child perform sexually, luring or enticing a child or getting someone under 18 for prostitution. Lastly, anyone can be designated a sexual predator if they are determined to be a sexually violent predator at a civil commitment hearing.

Sexual Offenders

he courts in Florida provide three ways to designate someone a sexual offender. The first way includes if you attempt to commit or commit: luring or enticing a child, kidnapping a minor, sexual battery, false imprisonment of a minor, getting someone under 18 for prostitution unlawful sexual acts with a minor, sexual misconduct, selling or buying minors for sex trafficking, or computer pornography. The second way says if you have a conviction that occurred in another state or jurisdiction, you can be considered a sex offender in Florida. If a person has been designated a sexual offender in a different jurisdiction or state, Florida laws will also designate that person as such and they will be required to register their status. The third way says that under Florida laws, if someone attempts to commit or commits lewd and lascivious molestation, sexual battery or lewd or lascivious battery on someone 14 or older, they can be designated a sexual offender in Florida.

The Dangers of Drug Abuse in Our Societies

Drug abuse has become a matter of constant discussion on the radio, television and in the daily newspapers recently. The menace of drug abuse in our country has reached a frightening proportion and it has pervaded every sector of our society. Drugs, which are made from medical substance formulated by pharmacists for the cure of persons’ ailments, is used wrongly and abused by people across the social strata. A lot of people just walk across to the nearby chemist to their houses to buy drugs which are not prescribed for them by a pharmacist or a doctor, they abusing the drugs.

There are lots of dangers in drug abuse. In fact, many families have endangered the live of their parents, out of self medication. There are cases of many small children who lost their lives simply because their parents, out of administered such drugs on their children. In our society nowadays, it is common to see young children with one deformity or the other. This is so because many pregnant women abuse drugs easily. They simply buy drugs and use them without doctors’ prescription during pregnancy. The resultant effect of this ignorant act is that most babies are born with one deformity or the other.

Drug abuse also leads to the several psychiatric cases we have around in the country. Several youths take drugs such as heroine, cocaine, Indian hemp which affects their brain. They take these drugs ostensibly because they want to be in fashion and they want to be daring and bold. Consequently, most of them constitute themselves into nuisance to the society and end up in psychiatric hospitals.

Our national prestige and honor are not spared of the gruesome effect o the social malaise called drug abuse. Many people traveling abroad are subjected to derogatory search at the points of entry into other countries. This has destroyed our international image as many people are found to be carries and couriers of these hard drugs.

Many crimes in the countries can be linked to drug abuse. The high rate of criminal activities is a pointer to the danger inherent in drug abuse. Armed robbers and like operate under the influence of drugs which make them to be so daring and ruthless in their nefarious activities.

It is certain that drug abuse has posed a lot of dangers to our society and the government has to do something about it. Our people need to be enlightened about the dangerous consequence of drug abuse. Mass enlightenment campaign should be organized by the government. In addition, the government should also be a law which forbids a chemist from selling drugs to the public without prescription paper from a doctor or a pharmacist. Religious bodies also have a role to play in educating the public about the dangers of abuse.

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The Endless Cycle of Crime in America

For as long as there have been laws there have been criminals. In fact, as long as there have been humans on this planet, I’m sure there have been those who found it easier to steal a meal than to hunt for it. And so ancient civilizations established laws as well as means of enforcing them to help discourage such behavior. To an extent these rules have helped us to support an orderly and civilized existence, because most people abide by them. But still there are those who choose not to and who never will and these few are our subject here. I’m not talking about people who have a few mistakes and learned from them, I’m talking about career criminals, drug dealers, hardcore addicts, thieves, gang members, sexual predators, child molesters, murders, professional con artists, and other assorted vermin.

In America these people have become a burden on our society and or personal safety and that of our families. There are predators among us just as dangerous as any wild animal. They are always looking for the next opportunity, the next victim. And once these people finally do get caught, offenders get placed into a system that will soon spit them right back out on the street to continue on the pattern of violence and thievery. If we could “cure” or reform these people into safe productive members of society this would be great but unfortunately for most of these people there is no such hope. The only thing most of them will learn in jail or prison is how to avoid getting caught next time or how to get out of it more easily when they do get caught. And of course they will learn a few new tricks from their cell mates, new ways to con, steal, or a new recipe for their favorite narcotic.

From what I have seen most the time these criminals have a brood of offspring that will soon follow in their footsteps, just as many of them have followed in the footsteps of their parents. I have worked in a detention facility for over 20 years and yes this has made me a little bias. It has also opened up my eyes to the problems that surround us every day, problems that many of the good people of the world seldom notice or choose to ignore. I live in a small town in the south and I had no idea of the level of crime that was occurring all around me until I came to work in law enforcement. I remember the first thing that shocked me was the rights and privileges these people had, and the hordes of lawyers there were just waiting for you to violate one of them. These guys sat around all day smoking cigarettes and watching TV. They got 3 hot meals a day, and better medical attention than most of the free population and all for free! I soon came to realize that in addition to paying for their room and board most of the guys had families on the outside that were getting some type of government aid so we were paying for them too. Most of the criminals also received government checks of some sort when they were not occupying a jail cell. I never knew there were so many seemingly able-bodied people who were on disability. And who ends up ultimately paying for all this? The honest and hardworking tax payers of course, yet another way these people take advantage of us every day. We have to pay for the Police to try to keep their dirty deeds down to a dull roar, the prisons and jails that house them, the lawyers that defend them, the doctors that treat them, and in many cases their multiple children whose mothers either don’t work or don’t make enough money to support them.

And over the years I have noticed several patterns. The first is that someone arrested for an offense, like say shoplifting, is highly likely to commit the same offense repeatedly or to move on to more serious offenses in the future. They all say “you’ll never see me again” but this rarely happens. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior and that definitely holds true here. The second and more disturbing pattern is a lot of the people I see being arrested now are second or third generations of the same people who were committing the same offenses years ago. The little 5-year-old I saw visiting his father with his mother 14 years ago is now following in his father’s footsteps. And why not? This is the way of life he learned when he was growing up and it’s the only thing he knows. I think one of the biggest influences on the way a person acts as an adult is what they observe as a child and what kind of role models are available. That’s why it really saddens me to see these mothers drag their children out to the jail twice a week to see their fathers. What kind of message is this sending to them? In most cases the message intentional or not is its okay to break the law, just don’t get caught. These kids learn to distrust and despise law enforcement and see them as the enemy and thus creating another criminal. One of the hardest things for me to understand is the mothers involved here. Do they not see the damage they are doing to their children by allowing this influence?

I am constantly amazed at why women choose to stick by these guys no matter what they do. I have seen women beat by a man and had their children abused by these men in every way imaginable and the next day they are begging and pleading to get them back. I have seem women work two or three jobs to support the children of some criminal and still find time to come visit them every time the door is open and send them cards and love letters every day. And of course to bring them money so they can buy snacks, cigarettes, and other goodies. And what do these women get in return? They get a man with little or no source on income that will usually cheat on and lie to them at every available opportunity. With this kind of support why would any of these guys want to change their ways? Most offenders receive support from a network of enablers like their mothers, baby’s mothers, mistresses, lawyers and of course other criminals.

So what is the answer, how can we break the cycle, and is it even possible? Law enforcement is not really to blame here as I truly believe they are trying to do the best they can with the tools and resources at their disposal. Most agencies are severely underfunded and understaffed, jails and prisons everywhere are already overcrowded and all they can do is keep the pot from boiling over. The only solution at hand now is for everyone to look for and end this pattern in their lives. If you are enabling a person who is a career criminal it’s time for some tough love. It is hard to do this with someone you care about. Think about it next time they want you to come bail them out or bring money to put on their books. In most cases you’re not helping them you are simply making it easier to make the same mistakes again. And parents or relatives of children whose fathers or mothers are bad influences find ways to bring positive influences into their lives, and lessen the impact of the bad decisions and lifestyle of that parent.

What can everyone else do to stop this cycle? We can look for ways to help end it, like maybe being a positive role model for children who lack one. There are a lot of organizations out there like Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America or Boy Scouts as well as a variety of local organizations that can really help these kids to learn that there is another way of life and break the cycle.