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Law aims to tackle state drug problem

Florida House Bill 477 aims to strengthen the state's drug trafficking laws by putting certain synthetic drugs on the same level as heroin. The goal is to stop a recent increase in opiod overdoses, and it also provides penalties on drug dealers who sell to those who die of an overdose. The bill, which was passed the House unanimously on April 20, would see dealers charged with first-degree murder in such a scenario.

What are the penalties for a reckless driving charge?

For many people in Florida, driving is so much more than a luxury; it is a privilege. If you abuse your driving privilege by engaging in reckless behavior, you may find yourself facing a reckless driving charge. A reckless driving charge is very serious and can have a significant impact on your future. Not only does it put you at risk for accidents, but your actions could result in the injuries and deaths of others.

The rise in driving under the influence of drugs

Florida is seeing an increase in the use of methamphetamine and heroin, and more Florida drivers may be under the influence of drugs than in previous years. In a number of states, law enforcement has reported an increase in opioid addiction and overdoses including overdoses while behind the wheel. Heroin is a growing problems in some communities as well. Since a drug like heroin requires regular doses in order to avoid withdrawal, a driver might use it while still in the car.

Drug sting results in arrests

Florida residents concerned about the use of illicit drugs in their area may be interested to learn of several arrests by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office in March. Over 50 people were taken into as a result of a two-month-long investigation.

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. Particularly, those that involve drug allegations, which is why you also don't do drugs.

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. Ignition interlock devices prevent a vehicle from starting until the driver has breathed into the device and the device has determined that the person's blood-alcohol concentration is under the legal limit.