Posted On: August 24, 2012

Armed Drug Trafficking in Florida

In South Florida, there are statutes that define controlled and non-controlled substances, as well as statues that define the amount of a particular drug that is needed for a criminal charge to take place. After the “War on Drugs” in 1980, the number of cases involving drug trafficking has increased tremendously. This is true not only for Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, but also for other regions in South Florida. Punishment became strict towards people involved in drug trafficking, minimum sentences were created, and the number of arrests doubled.
The Florida statutes on drug trafficking stipulates different substance categories as well as the amount, which differs for each different drug. The most common drug trafficking cases involve marihuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine, among others.
When there was a weapon involved during the drug related offense, this raises the charge to what the Florida statute defines as armed drug trafficking. When this is the case, the minimum sentencing guidelines are enhanced.
If you, or someone you know, has been accused and charged with a drug related crime such as armed drug trafficking, you need to call a criminal defense attorney in South Florida immediately for a free consultation.

Posted On: August 17, 2012

Was I “Driving Under the Influence” in South Florida?

The State of Florida has laws which determine who can consume and sell alcohol. In South Florida, DUI arrests are becoming common. People in Ft Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach and other places in Florida are being arrested by police officers and charged with an alcohol related offense.
The most important thing in these cases is the broad term of determining whether you were “operating” the vehicle.

Even if you were sleeping in the back seat, courts may say you were operating the vehicle. Alcohol is not the only intoxicant that justifies a person being arrested for DUI. Any intoxicant such as marijuana or cocaine can be grounds for a DUI arrest.
It is the State's obligation to prove you were operating the vehicle at the time of your arrest. They must also proof that you were impaired, and as a consequence, not capable of driving.

If you think you were not operating the vehicle at the time of your arrest and that you are being unfairly accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicant, you should call a South Florida criminal defense attorney for a free consultation.