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What You Should Know About Prescription Drug Charges

You are a law-abiding citizen. You don’t steal. You don’t cheat. You barely push the boundaries of speed limits while driving. In short, you know that criminal charges are serious.

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DUI Convictions May Carry Heavier Penalties in The Future

The Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee of the Florida House of Representatives has approved a bill that would require people convicted of a first time drunk driving offense to have an ignition interlock device installed in their automobile.

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Man Who Needed Something to Drive Takes Forklift from Marina

Authorities say that a man is facing a number of criminal charges in Florida following an incident involving a forklift that occurred on March 9. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the man allegedly stole a forklift from a marina in Marathon because he could not find his keys and needed something to drive.

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Lawmakers Seek to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Pot

On March 11, it was reported that two Florida lawmakers introduced a bill that would decriminalize possession of personal amounts of marijuana. If the bill is passed, those who are found in possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana will face a noncriminal civil violation.

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African-Americans More Likely to Be Wrongly Convicted

Florida residents may be interested to learn that a study by the National Registry of Exonerations, which looked at cases from between 1989 and 2016, found that African-Americans were 12 times as likely to be wrongly convicted of drug crimes and seven times as likely to be wrongly convicted of murder compared to whites.

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DUI Stops and Prescription Drugs

When most people think about drug-based DUI stops, they assume the driver was taking illegal drugs. Maybe the driver was taking completely illicit substances or prescription drugs that did not belong to him or her. However, you may be surprised to learn that even taking your own perfectly legal prescription medicine can lead to a DUI stop and even charges.

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Colts Player Charged with DUI

Florida NFL fans may have heard that David Parry, a member of the Indianapolis Colts, was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, criminal damage, suspicion of robbery and auto theft after an incident that occurred on Feb. 25.

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Michael Floyd Sentenced for His DUI Conviction

Florida NFL fans likely remember when Michael Floyd, the former wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, was charged with a DUI last fall after the Cardinals lost to the Miami Dolphins. Floyd entered a guilty plea to the DUI charge and was sentenced to 120 days, with 24 days to be spent in jail and 96 days to be served on home arrest.

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Proposed Bill Targets Drivers Who Refuse DUI Tests

Under current law, Florida motorists who refuse to take a chemical test after being suspected of driving under the influence may have their licenses suspended for a period of time. Republican Senator David Simmons thinks that this penalty is not strong enough, and he has proposed a bill that would increase the penalties for refusing DUI tests.

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Woman Receives Multiple Charges

A 40-year-old Gainesville woman was taken into custody by the Florida Highway Patrol on Feb. 7 for multiple offenses. They included suspicion of drunk driving, leaving a scene of a vehicle accident and filing a false report.

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