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Pretrial Detention and The Poor

Floridians who are accused of a crime may be required to stay in jail before their cases go to trial. In some instances, this is because the judge believes that the accused is dangerous and allowing them to move freely in society would put others in danger of harm.

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Two Men Arrested in Florida Drug Bust

On Jan. 11, two Florida men were taken into custody for allegedly dealing drugs. The incident took place in Punta Gorda.

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What Is the Difference Between Reckless and Careless Driving?

When you think about careless and reckless driving in Clearwater, you might think they are the same thing. Though they are similar, there are some key differences you should be aware of. Both types of driving behaviors can lead to car accidents, injuries and death.

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State Representative Introduces Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana

People who are in Florida and who are carrying 20 grams or less of marijuana may no longer be taken into custody if a house bill is successful. Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith has filed legislation in an effort to decriminalize marijuana possession and increase people’s ability to access cannabis for medical reasons.

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Man Reports Himself to Police for Drunk Driving

On Jan. 6, Florida authorities released a report regarding a man who called the police on New Year’s Eve to report himself for driving while under the influence of alcohol. The dispatcher reportedly kept the man on the phone while authorities attempted to locate him.

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A Basic Understanding of Plea Bargains

Up to 90 percent of criminal cases in Florida and throughout the U.S. are resolved by plea bargaining. Plea bargains are attractive for some defendants because they allow them to get a lighter sentence.

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Late Night Fast Food Stop Leads to Charges for Country Star

A Florida McDonald’s was the scene of a minor car accident on Dec. 20 that led to criminal charges for country singer Michael Ray. The charges of DUI and drug possession came after Ray rear-ended a car that was in front of him at the restaurant’s drive-thru.

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Holiday Safety Campaign Illuminates Risks of Drunk Driving

Drivers whose holiday plans include travel on roadways in Florida and other states may want to heed the message of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s seasonal safety campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. According to an NHTSA deputy administrator, law enforcement officials will be on patrol across the country over the Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday weekends in an effort to protect motorists from intoxicated drivers.

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Understanding Prescription Drug Charges in Florida

Most physicians intend prescriptions to aid in either enhancing or maintaining a patient’s condition. When law enforcement has suspicions of an individual misusing prescriptions, an officer may make an arrest, and a person may face prescription drug charges.

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Florida Sub Charged for Alleged Drug Sales to Students

According to authorities with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Department, a 35-year-old woman who was working as a substitute teacher was charged after she allegedly sold marijuana to two middle school students. The woman was taken into custody on Dec. 8.

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