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Recent reports have indicated that a new drug has hit Florida’s streets. Referred to as flakka, the drug has been involved in a string of bizarre and unusual crimes throughout Florida. For example, one man ran through a Florida neighborhood naked while engaging in lewd sexual behavior, while another was arrested while running naked down a busy city street in broad daylight, claiming that a pack of german shepherds was chasing after him.

Another pair of flakka users were caught attempting to break into the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, stating that they thought a group of people had been chasing them. One of the individuals suffered injuries after becoming impaled on a fence. In Palm Beach County, a SWAT team was called to the scene after a man was observed firing a gun from a rooftop, claiming that a Haitian gang had threaded his family and that he was being followed. 

Flakka is a synthetic drug, similar to ecstasy and bath salts. According to authorities, flakka can be obtained through the mail, and it is commonly created in countries overseas, including Pakistan and China. For example, DEA agents recently intercepted several packages destined for Palm Beach County containing flakka that was manufactured in Hong Kong.

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Florida’s drug possession statutes are some of the strictest laws in the country, posing severe penalties for minimal amounts. Due to Florida’s location and close proximity to South American countries known for drug trafficking, the state enacted strict drug possession laws in the 1980s to help dampen the flow of drugs from these foreign locations through Florida.

In Florida, you do not need to be a drug dealer or trafficker to face heavy fines or jail time for possessing a small to moderate amount of drugs. For example, if you are caught while in possession of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, or another illegal drug, you could face a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance. A defendant facing drug possession charges for a third-degree felony may be sentenced to prison for a term of five years or less and required to pay up to $5,000 in fines. Additionally, possession of more than 10 grams of heroin constitutes a felony in the first degree and carries a potential 30-year prison sentence and $10,000 in penalties. Other opiate-based drugs carry similar punishments. 

Florida treats the possession of certain manufactured drugs like ecstasy, MDMA, and GHB as a second-degree felony charge, which can result in a 15-year prison sentence and $10,000 worth of fines. Unlike many states, Florida’s marijuana possession statutes have not been relaxed. A small amount of marijuana can result in severe fines and penalties, including a misdemeanor criminal offense. Individuals who are caught in possession of 25 or more marijuana plants face a third-degree felony charge and a possible 15-year prison sentence. Additionally, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana constitutes a fourth-degree felony charge, which carries a potential five-year prison sentence and may result in up to $5,000 in fines.

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Charged with possession of marijuana in Florida? Though this is one of the most widely used banned substances in the Sunshine State, it’s absolutely crucial not to take these charges lightly. Because cannabis is classified as a Schedule 1 drug in the state, meaning it’s one of the most dangerous drugs, the criminal charges can be severe.

So what can you be charged with? The most frequent offenses include the following:

  • Marijuana possession – Simple
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The popularity of prescription drug crimes and abuse continues to rise, as the tabloids and magazines littered with the faces of famous celebrities and public figures testify to. The consequences of prescription drug abuse can be devastating and life-threatening. State and federal government authorities exercise a variety of different methods to catch prescription drug criminals, but sometimes their strategies can lead to the suspicion and/or arrest of innocent people.

If you find yourself in this alarming situation, do not panic. The Hoffman Firm has an expert legal team lead by Miami Criminal Defense Attorney Evan Hoffman, who is a former prosecutor and an experienced criminal lawyer. The Hoffman Firm can help you if you are wrongly accused; to learn more about us and our services, please contact us.

Our Drug Crime services include:

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When arrested for Drug Possession in the state of Florida you will more than likely get put into the drug court system. The nation’s first drug court was established in 1989 in Miami-Dade County by Chief Judge Gerald Wetherington, Judge Herbert Klein, then State Attorney Janet Reno and Public Defender Bennett Brummer.  Drug Court was designed with the purpose to include drug treatment into the criminal system for people that are believed to be getting into legal trouble due to drug abuse problems. Drug courts combine mandatory substance abuse treatment, sanctions and incentives, and focused judicial supervision to break the cycle of drug addiction and associated crime. Miami Criminal Attorney Evan A. Hoffman is well versed in all procedures in drug possession arrests and drug court procedures.

Florida Statutes have authorized two types of “drug courts” The First type is PTI or Pre-Trial Intervention Programs and the second type is Probationary Programs. Since the first drug court there have been major expansions and we now have misdemeanor drug court, felony drug court, juvenile delinquency, and dependency divisions. There are over 106 different drug courts in the Florida State Court System.

According to Florida Statutes some of the consequences that can be included in sentencing for someone in drug court are as follows:

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Have you been arrested? Have you missed a court date and now have a warrant? Have you violated your probation or community control? Worried about losing your license due to traffic violations?

If you are in any of these situations or you need help with any criminal legal situation help is just a phone call away.

Get a FREE consultation from West Palm Beach Criminal Attorney EVAN A. HOFFMAN, in the Law Office of The Hoffman Firm. Here at The Hoffman Firm we believe that our knowledge and experience are your best defense. Facing criminal charges can be daunting and over-whelming; you do not have to face the judicial system alone. Call us for a free consultation and let us review the case information with you so that you can rest assured knowing our team here at The Hoffman Firm are on your side. We will be with you every step of the way making sure you do not face this alone. West Palm Beach Criminal Attorney Evan A. Hoffman has the knowledge of the criminal judicial system that you need and getting you a favorable outcome is his top priority.

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