In 2014, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released a survey which shows the comparison between prescription vs. illicit drug use among 12th graders that year.
Statistics on Teen Drug Use
You may have seen the ESPN documentary, “26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story.” It brings to light the details of the wrongful conviction of a man accused of murder.
Laws regarding the Juvenile Justice System are governed, enacted, and regulated on a state basis. The state acts as a parent to a youth who is charged with a juvenile crime. This is called the parens patriae doctrine.
Proof. That’s what the state needs to adjudicate you guilty in the criminal courts. When you plead guilty, especially in first appearance, you likely have not received or reviewed ANY of the evidence that the state allegedly has against you.
If you didn’t follow the trial itself, you most likely saw the Oscar-winning documentary, “Murder on a Sunday Morning,” about the trial of Brenton Butler, a 15-year-old boy who was accused of the murder of a woman in Jacksonville, Florida on May 7, 2000.
If you are pulled over by police - whether or not you are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or in possession of an illegal substance - it is very important for you to remember these critical steps.
The Washington Post released an article last week detailing how 20 years-worth of criminal trials have included flawed testimonies regarding hair analysis from "nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit."
* All information presented in this article reflects the official 2014 Florida Statutes.
First, it is important to know that Florida law enforcement can arrest you without a warrant if there is probable cause to believe that you are in possession of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia (Florida Statute 893.13). The laws are strict, and it is very important for you to be aware of these laws, especially if you have been accused and have yet to consult with a defense attorney.
As Jacksonville criminal attorneys, we ourselves use a variety of resources to help you find the best solution to your unique case. Along with those resources, we've provided links to other information you may find helpful in the meantime.
5 Common Criminal Law Myths
By Reinhold Law Firm
What may seem legal or logical on the outside may be the complete opposite of the truth. Sometimes, there are more to local or federal laws than you know. Here are 5 of the most common misconceptions we've seen with our own clients.
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