Drug Crime Cases

Cultivation of Marijuana - False 911 Calls

Our client, R.E., was charged with Cultivation of Marijuana, a third degree felony, and False 911 calls, a first degree misdemeanor. The police said they found seven marijuana plants growing on our client's property. The plants were photographed. Our client was exposed to 6 years in prison. Our Jacksonville Criminal Attorneys got all charges DROPPED.

Possession of More than 20 grams of Marijuana

Our client, F.H., was charged with Possession of More than 20 grams of Marijuana, a third degree felony. The police recovered digital scales and 44.70 grams of marijuana. F.H. was exposed to 5 years in prison. Our Jacksonville Drug Lawyers were able to get his charge dropped.

Drug Crimes - Possession of a Controlled Substance - Possession of Less than 20 Grams of Marijuana

Our client, S.S., was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a third degree felony, Possession of Marijuana, a first degree misdemeanor, and Possession of Paraphernalia, a first degree misdemeanor. The police said that our client had a Loritab pills, marijuana, and a drug pipe in her purse. Our client was exposed to 7 years in prison. Our Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorneys were able to get all charges dropped.

Drug Crimes - Possession of a Controlled Substance

Our client, M.R., was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a third degree felony, Possession of More than 20 grams of Marijuana, a third degree felony, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a first degree misdemeanor. The police alleged that our client had 3 plastic bags containing marijuana, a razor knife, a digital scale, a box of plastic bags, and 8 Xanax pills. Our client was exposed to 10 years in prison and 1 year in jail. Our Jacksonville Criminal Defense Law Firm was able to get all charges DROPPED.

Drug Crimes - Possession of Cocaine

Our client, C.B. was charged with Possession of Cocaine, a third degree felony, and Possession of Marijuana, a first degree misdemeanor. The police said that our client possessed 4 baggies of marijuana and one bag of powder cocaine. The police said that our client admitted that the "dope was his". Our client was exposed to 5 years in prison and 1 year in jail. Our Jacksonville Criminal Attorneys got all charges DROPPED.

Drug Crimes - Driving on a Suspended License - Possession of Cocaine

Our client, H.H., was charged with Possession of Cocaine, a third degree felony, and Driving on a Suspended License, a first degree misdemeanor. The police said that he had powder cocaine in the center console of his vehicle. H.H. was exposed to 5 years in prison and 1 year in jail. Our Jacksonville Suspended License Attorneys were able to get the felony Possession charge dropped and the Driving charge reduced to a "No Valid Driver's License" charge. H.H. was ultimately not convicted of that charge.

Drug Crimes - Possession of Cocaine

Our client, P.N., was charged with Possession of Cocaine, a third degree felony. The police found crack cocaine on the top center console of the car P.N. was driving. P.N was exposed to 5 years in prison. Our Jacksonville Drug Law Firm was able to get the charge DROPPED.

Drug Crimes - Violation of Probation for Possession of More than 20 grams of Marijuana

Our client, M.M., was on Felony Probation for Possession of More than 20 grams of Marijuana, a third degree felony. He was violated because he was arrested for Driving on a Suspended License. When on probation, ANY new law violation automatically violated probation. Our client was exposed to 5 years in prison. Our Jacksonville Drug Lawyers were able to get M.M. continued on probation and he served no jail time.

Drug Crimes - Possession of Cocaine - Possession of Less than 20 grams of Marijuana

Our client, S.C., was charged with Possession of Cocaine, a third degree felony, Possession of Less than 20 grams of Marijuana, a first degree misdemeanor, and Petit Theft, a second degree misdemeanor. The police pulled over our client because the license plate on the car was from a stolen vehicle. The police found several pieces of crack cocaine and marijuana in his shoes. S.C. was exposed to 5 years in prison and 1 year 60 days in jail. Our Jacksonville Drug Crimes Attorneys were able to get all charges DROPPED.

Drug Crimes – Possession of More Than 20 Grams of Marijuana

Our client, D.R. was charged with Possession of More Than 20 Grams of Marijuana, a third degree felony. Police smelled the odor of marijuana in D.R.’s car and subsequently found 114 grams of marijuana in the vehicle. D.R. was exposed to 5 years in prison. Our Jacksonville Drug Lawyers were able to get all charges DISMISSED.

Drug Crimes - Possession of a Controlled Substance (Crack) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Our client, K.S., was arrested for possession crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with a third degree felony punishable for up to 5 years in prison and a first degree misdemeanor punishable for up to 1 year in jail. The police said K.S. lit a glass pipe with crack cocaine in it right in front of an officer downtown. K.S. admitted to the police that he drove downtown and bought a $10 crack rock. He also admitted to smoking it in front of the police officer. Our Jacksonville Drug Crime Attorneys were able to get K.S. sent to a drug program and at the completion of the program, ALL of his criminal charges will be DROPPED.

Drug Charges - Possession of a Controlled Substance - Possession of Less than 20 Grams of Marijuana

Our client, K.L., was arrested and charged with Possession of Oxy Pills, a third degree felony, and Possession of Less than 20 Grams of Marijuana, a first degree misdemeanor. The Clay County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at our client's home. In the home, police found may pills, a grinder, 2 scales, a rolling machine, plastic baggies, a glass pipe, and marijuana. In K.L.'s bedroom, the police found 5 pills and marijuana. Our Jacksonville Drug Lawyers were able to get K.L. placed in a diversionary program and at the completion of the program, all charges will be DROPPED.

Drug Crimes - Gun Crimes - Armed Possession of a Controlled Substance - Possession of More than 20 grams of Marijuana

Our client, L.T., was charged with Armed Possession of a Controlled Substance, a first degree felony, and Possession of More than 20 Grams of Marijuana, a third degree felony. The police found 7 bags of Marijuana, a Loaded 45 caliber Handgun with magazine, and a bag of Ecstasy in the car our client was driving. L.T. was exposed to 35 years in prison. Our Jacksonville Drug Crimes Attorneys were able to get all charges DROPPED.

Drug Crimes - Possession of Less Than 20 grams of Marijuana - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Our client, J.S., was arrested in St. Johns County for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He was pulled over for speeding and marijuana (multiple roaches) and rolling papers were found to have been in the car. J.S. admitted to knowing the pot and papers were in the car. After investigating the case, our St. Johns Criminal Attorneys got all charges dismissed.

Drug Crimes - Fraudulently Obtaining or Attempting to Obtain a Controlled Substance

Our client, M.L., was arrested and charged with attempting to obtain a controlled substance in Jacksonville. Jacksonville detectives reported that she called in a fraudulent prescription for hydrocodone. The pharmacist was suspicious and called the doctor's office. The office told the pharmacist they doctor wrote no such prescription. M.L. went to pick up the fraudulent prescription and the pharmacist took down her driver's license number. The police were called and M.L. was arrested for a felony. Our Jacksonville Drug Law Firm was able to get M.L. in to the Pretrial Intervention Program where she will have to do community service hours and get a drug evaluation. At the completion of the program, all criminal charges will be DROPPED.

Drug Crimes - Possession of a Controlled Substance

Our client, D.M., was arrested in Jacksonville for possession of a controlled substance. Jacksonville police went to investigate a house that was under surveillance for drug activity. D.M. was at the house and police say he gave consent to search his car, where police found 10 oxycontin pills. D.M. admitted to possessing these pills. He was facing up to 5 years in prison on this felony in Jacksonville. Our Jacksonville Drug Attorneys were able to get D.M. into the Pretrial Intervention Program and at the completion of the program, all charges will be DROPPED in Jacksonville.

Drug Crimes - Possession of Less than 20 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Our client, J.S., was arrested in Jacksonville for possession of less than 20 grams of pot and possession of paraphernalia. Police were riding by a parking lot and observed J.S. in his car smoking pot. Police went up to his car window and smelled a strong odor of marijuana. After being read his rights, police say he admitted to possessing the pot and the pipe. Our Jacksonville Drug Law Firm was able to get J.S. into the Pretrial Intervention Program and at the completion of the drug program in Jacksonville, all charges will be DISMISSED.

Drug Crimes - Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Sell - Violation of Probation

Our client, J.D., was arrested for violation of probation in Clay County. He was on probation for felony possession of marijuana with the intent to sell, a third degree felony. While on probation, J.D. was arrested for retail theft in Clay County. Probation also said J.D. was not compliant with his drug treatment and was delinquent on paying his court costs and cost of supervision. When he was originally put on probation, he received a Withhold of Adjudication, which means he was not convicted of a felony. After being violated, J.D. was facing an adjudication of guilt, which would have made him a convicted felon, and was facing 5 years in prison. Our Clay County Criminal Defense Law Firm was able to get J.D. reinstated on probation and he maintained his withhold of adjudication.

Drug Crimes - Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Marijuana

Our client, H.S., was arrested on drug charges in Jacksonville. He was arrested for felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of pot. The police received a complaint that H.S. was in a bathroom stall at a bar snorting cocaine. The person who complained worked at the bar and told police our client offered him cocaine in the past two months. The police entered the bathroom covertly and listened to H.S. talk to another person in the locked stall. When our client exited the stall, the police patted him down for weapons and found powder cocaine in a bag and a marijuana joint in his pocket. There was a straw floating in the toilet of the stall H.S. walked out of. Our Jacksonville Drug Crime Law Firm investigated the charges further and explored the issue of the initial police pat down. All drug charges against our client were DISMISSED.

Drug Charges - Sale of Marijuana - Juvenile Crime in Jacksonville

Our client, M.G., was arrested for selling marijuana twice in Jacksonville as a juvenile. When arrested on the pot charges, M.G. was on probation for trespassing and the his probation was violated because of the two new arrests for sale. Before his parents hired our Jacksonville Juvenile Law Firm, M.G. had been sentenced to a 30 day minimal risk program on the trespassing charge. Narcotics Detectives reported that M.G had sold them pot on 2 different occasions and each was caught on audio tape. The Department of Juvenile Justice recommended a moderate risk placement for M.G. because of his prior record. Our Jacksonville Juvenile Drug Attorneys were able to keep M.G. out of any program and he was able to return home to his family. Our Jacksonville Probation Attorneys were also able to get his probation terminated. M.G. was NOT CONVICTED of any drug charge.

Drug Crimes - Juvenile - Conspiracy to Traffic in Oxycodone - Possession of a Controlled Substance

Our client, A.H., a juvenile, was arrested in Jacksonville for Conspiracy to Traffic Oxycodone, a first degree felony, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, a third degree felony. A.H. was accused of taking her co-defendants to Target where they attempted to fill a fraudulent prescription for oxycodone. The pharmacy personnel felt it necessary to check the validity of the prescription and upon doing so learned it was fraudulent. A.H.'s co-defendant told police that A.H. knew about the fraudulent prescription and that the group was going to Target to fill it. When the police searched A.H., Xanax pills were found in her bag. A.H. admitted to knowing the pills were there and that they belonged to someone else. Our Jacksonville Juvenile Attorneys were able to present mitigation about A.H. to the prosecutor and were able to expose inconsistencies in the evidence. Our Jacksonville Juvenile Law Firm was able to get all charges against A.H. DROPPED.

Drug Charges - Trafficking in Hydrocodone

Our client, J.W., was arrested in Jacksonville for trafficking in hydrocodone. Police observed our client run a stop sign and pulled him over. The officers asked for consent to search the vehicle and J.W. gave them consent. They found a bottle of 20 hydrocodone pills and the name on the label was scratched off. Police say that J.W. told them that he got the pills from a friend's grandmother who is unable to take the medication. He told them he had a prescription in the past, but he was out and that was the reason he got the pills from his friend's grandmother. JSO also noted that our client takes the pills for back pain. After our Jacksonville Drug Trafficking Attorneys investigated the case and made contact with the prosecutor, all felony drug charges were DROPPED.

Jacksonville Drug Crimes - Trafficking in Oxycodone - Principal in the First Degree

Our client, M.S., was arrested on drug charges in Jacksonville. Police detained M.S.'s friend outside Old Navy because the security alarm sounded when he walked out. There was another man with M.S.'s friend who walked out to the parking lot. Police followed him to the car and noticed our client standing next to the car, a black Ford Excursion with a North Carolina tag. JSO called for a K-9 officer and the dog alerted to drugs in the car. Police questioned our client and he allegedly told them he agreed to drive his friends to Tampa to buy some pills. (prescription Oxycodone) Allegedly M.S. said that he had a verbal agreement with the other men that he would drive them for $100 and 4 pills. JSO found 4 bottles of pills. Three were bottles of Oxycodone and one bottle contained Xanax. None of the men had prescriptions for the pills. Our Jacksonville Drug Attorneys investigated the case further and were able to get all charges against our client DROPPED.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Our client, S.S., was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia in Jacksonville. Police stopped our client, who was driving, for not wearing his seat belt. The officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from inside the interior of the car. S.S. gave the police consent to search the car and 2 marijuana pipes were found. One was in the glove compartment and one was in the center console. Both pipes were place in JSO's property room. Our Jacksonville Drug Attorneys showed the state attorney proof that our client did not own the car and the charge was DISMISSED.

Fraudulently Obtaining a Controlled Substance

Our client, B.C., was arrested in Jacksonville on three counts of Fraudulently Obtaining a Controlled Substance, each charge punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Our client has been a registered nurse for 15 years. At the time of her arrest, she was a health care professional at a hospital in Jacksonville and the pharmacy manager suspected B.C. of diverting Fentanyl, a controlled substance. Health care professionals have a code to get into a dispensing machine to retrieve narcotics for patients. Once access to the machine is gained, the withdrawer must enter the patient number to track to whom the medication was given and log the doctor who ordered the drugs. The human resources department at the hospital began investigating B.C. because of erratic behavior at work. The hospital recorded several dates when B.C. withdrew the Fentanyl drips for patients who were not assigned to her. B.C. was facing up to 15 years in prison, becoming a convicted felon, and losing her license. Our Jacksonville Criminal Attorneys were able to get B.C. into a diversion program and after a drug evaluation and recommended follow-up, her charges will be DISMISSED.

Possession of Less than 20 Grams of Marijuana

Our client, C.C., was issued a Notice to Appear in Jacksonville for possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana. This is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail. Our client is an 18 year-old young man who is starting college soon and has a full time job. C.C. had a prior juvenile arrest for possession of marijuana. Our Jacksonville Drug Crime Attorneys were able to get C.C. into pretrial diversion program and he completed it. The charge against C.C. was DROPPED.

Possession of a Controlled Substance (Pills)

Our client, E.S., was arrested for possessing a controlled substance in Jacksonville. This is a third degree felony punishable for up to 5 years in prison. E.S. was in a pain clinic's parking lot and JSO searched everyone there. The officer asked if they could search our client and she gave them permission to do so. E.S. had 2 prescription pill bottles in her pocket that had 2 Suboxone pills. The bottles had no writing. Our client could not prove that she had a prescription, so they arrested her on this felony. Our Jacksonville Drug Attorneys were able to get the prescription and present it to the prosecutor. The charge was DISMISSED.

Armed Possession of Illegal Drugs - Possession of More than 20 Grams of Marijuana

Our client, R. T., was arrested for armed possession of marijuana, a first degree felony, and possession of more than 20 grams of pot, a third degree felony. A police officer observed a car parked in front of a home. The vehicle had dark tint and the officer could not see inside. The driver, a 16 year-old co-defendant of our client rolled down the window. The officer immediately smelled the odor or burned marijuana. There were 2 other occupants of the car, one of which was R.T. The 16 year-old did not have a driver's license and all occupants were asked to get out of the car. One of the people said there was a "sack" of pot in the car. Behind the front passenger seat, on the rear floorboard in plain view, was a plastic bag containing marijuana. It weighed 25 grams. Our client was sitting in the backseat on the passenger side. The officer looked in the glove compartment and found a loaded Smith & Wesson revolver. Each of the defendants denied any knowledge of the gun or marijuana. The officers said that the our client was listed as "known" gang members of the "Bloods" criminal street gang. Other than him saying it, there was no other evidence of gang involvement. Our Jacksonville Drug Attorneys were able to get all charges DROPPED.

Possession of Less Than 20 Grams of Marijuana

Our client, M.M., was issued a Notice to Appear for possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana, a first degree misdemeanor. M.M was pulled over by police for his tag light not working. JSO asked to search his vehicle and a bag of marijuana was found in the center console. Our Jacksonville Marijuana Attorneys were able to get M.M. into a diversion program. At the completion of the program, the charge against M.M. will be DISMISSED.

Trafficking in Oxycontin, Possession of Cocaine, and Possession of Suboxone

Our client, J.H., was arrested in Jacksonville for trafficking in oxycontin, possession of cocaine, and possession of suboxone. The trafficking charge carries a 25 year minimum mandatory prison sentence and the two possession charges are third degree felonies that are punishable by up to 5 years each. Police were patrolling an area investigating an armed home invasion robbery. They claim that our client resembled the suspect in the robbery. The only description the police had was a "white male". Our client was contacted and asked for his identification. After giving his license to the police, they asked J.H. what he was doing there. He told police he was visiting a relative. The police reported they saw two big bulges in both of his front pants pockets. For "officer safety", the sergeant physically took control of J.H. and patted him down. Upon searching our client's pockets, the officer found 500 oxycontin pills, 15.4 grams of powder cocaine, and 1 suboxone pill. Police also took our client's case, which was just over $2000.00. Our Jacksonville Drug Attorneys challenged the way the police searched our client and all charges were DROPPED.

Trafficking in Hydrocodone

Our client, D.J., was arrested for trafficking in hydrocodone, a first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison with a 3 year minimum mandatory sentence. An employee of a doctor's center called police to report a fraudulent prescription being passed by our client. JSO investigated and it was revealed our client had fraudulent prescriptions for hydrocodone 500 mg pills on 7 different occasions. Police also looked at video at the pharmacy and it shows D.J. picking up the prescriptions. Our Jacksonville Drug Attorneys were able to get the trafficking charge reduced and our client was not convicted of any crime.

Drug Charge

Our client, M.M. was arrested in Jacksonville on a third degree felony drug charge, punishable by up to five years in jail. M.M. was a reputable business owner and was arrested at his business. Our Jacksonville drug crimes attorneys were able to have the case DROPPED before arraignment. - December 2011

Selling Cocaine To Undercover Police

Our client, J.R., was arrested in Jacksonville on two counts of selling cocaine to undercover police. Each sale that J.R. was arrested for is a second degree felony, punishable by up to fifteen years in jail on each count. The State Attorney's Office presented video evidence of each of the sales by our client. The State offered our client 36 months in prison. Our firm was able to negotiate a deal as best possible for our client. J.R. received a better county jail sentence. - December 2011

Felony Drug Charge

Our client, D.O., was arrested in Jacksonville for a third degree felony drug charge, exposing our client to up to five years in jail. This case was particularly special because our client was not a U.S. Citizen, and the charge caused immigration problems for him. Even though our client was sentenced to thirty days in jail with a twelve-day credit for time already served awaiting court, our experienced Jacksonville drug crimes defense attorneys were able to work with the State so that our client received NO CONVICTION and NO PROBATION. – May 2012

Pill, Marijuana, and Paraphernalia Charges

Our client, J.R. was arrested for four drug related charges, including a 3rd degree felony pill charge, a 1st degree misdemeanor marijuana charge, and two 1st degree misdemeanor paraphernalia charges, exposing our client to a total of eight years in jail if convicted of all charges. Mitigating factors in a case like this, such as the offender going through treatment programs, can help in one’s defense. However, not everyone can afford private treatment leaving only government programs with very long waiting lists. As a minimum, a person facing charges for drugs or alcohol should enroll in any program that might help them become sober, including 12 step meetings, church meetings, or even cost-efficient outpatient programs. Being in one of these programs will help convince the State and Judge that once one’s substance abuse is on hold or gone entirely, that one will be out of the system forever, as a renewed individual. Presenting evidence to the State and Court of our client’s initiative in undergoing private substance abuse treatment, our experienced Jacksonville drug crime defense attorney’s were able to keep all charges off of our client’s record and KEPT OUR CLIENT OUT OF JAIL ENTIRELY. – June 2012

Misdemeanor Possession Of Marijuana

Our client, C.P., was arrested in Jacksonville for less than twenty grams of marijuana, a first degree misdemeanor. Our client was allowed and did community service hours in advance. Although a first degree misdemeanor, Judges rarely sentence individuals to jail for marijuana. However, when one is convicted of any drug crime, the DMV will suspend one’s license for two years. Our experienced Jacksonville drug crimes defense attorneys were able work with the State Attorney’s Office and have the case DROPPED. – July 2012.

Possession of Marijuana Joint Laced With PCP

Our client, F.M., was arrested in Jacksonville for possession of a marijuana joint laced with PCP, a third degree felony offense. Our client, who lived out of state, was exposed to 6 months in jail. Our experienced Jacksonville drug crimes defense attorneys were able to enter a final plea for the client having the charge dropped to a misdemeanor with No CONVICTION, NO JAIL TIME, AND NO PROBATION. – July 2012

Possession Of Synthetic Marijuana (Spice)

Our client, I.R., was arrested in Jacksonville for possession of Synthetic Marijuana, also known as “Spice” or “K-2.” This substance was not illegal in the state our client drove down from. Our experienced Jacksonville drug crime defense attorneys were able to get our client’s case into a Our experienced Jacksonville drug crimes defense attorneys were able to secure our client into a program known as Pre-trial Intervention (PTI). Some jurisdictions require signed contracts for PTI, while others require an admission of guilt, calling the contract a “Deferred Prosecution Agreement.” As a general rule, PTI is one of the best and most sought after arrangements by defense attorneys, and is usually not available to defendants with any sort of criminal history. Our client accepted PTI, and when he successfully completes the program, his charges will be DROPPED. – July 2012

Felony and Misdemeanor Drug Charges

Our client, J.N., was arrested in Jacksonville for a 3rd degree felony drug charge and a misdemeanor drug charge, exposing our client to up to six years in jail. Our experienced drug crime defense attorneys were able to secure our client probation, which our client can “early-terminate” once he completes a simple drug screening and any recommended follow-up procedures required. – July 2012.

Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia

Our client, C.M., was arrested in Jacksonville for a first degree misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge and a first degree paraphernalia charge. When one is convicted of a drug related offense, one’s license will be automatically revoked for two years by the DMV. Our experienced Jacksonville drug crimes defense attorneys were able to negotiate with the State Attorney to get the marijuana charge DROPPED, saving our client’s driver’s license, and a plea to paraphernalia charge, for which our client was NEVER CONVICTED. – July 2012

Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance/Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana/Paraphernalia

Our client, K.B., was arrested in Jacksonville for three drug related charges, including a 3rd degree felony possession of a controlled substance charge, a first degree misdemeanor possession of less that twenty grams of marijuana charge, and a first degree misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia charge, exposing our client to seven years in jail, as well as expensive fines. Our experienced Jacksonville drug crimes defense attorneys were able to secure our client into a program known as Pre-trial Intervention (PTI). Some jurisdictions require signed contracts for PTI, while others require an admission of guilt, calling the contract a “Deferred Prosecution Agreement.” As a general rule, PTI is one of the best and most sought after arrangements by defense attorneys, and is available to only a very small percentage of defendants. Some clients refuse PTI; at that point, the State Attorney’s Office will file the case, deeming the client as a “PTI-Reject.” Our client accepted PTI, and when he successfully completes the program, his charges will be DROPPED. – July 2012

Misdemeanor Trespass, Misdemeanor Paraphernalia, Possession of over Three Grams of Synthetic Marijuana

Our client, E.H., was arrested in Jacksonville for misdemeanor trespass, misdemeanor paraphernalia, and possession of over three (3) grams of synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice. Possession of more than three grams of spice is a third degree felony in Florida, exposing our client to a possible five year prison sentence, just on the drug charge itself. Our client was able to plea to the paraphernalia charge for which our client was required to pay $303 in court costs, but received NO CONVICTION, NO JAIL TIME, AND NO PROBATION. Our firm was able to have the felony spice and misdemeanor trespass charges DROPPED. – May 2013

Violation of Probation (VOP) and Felony Possession of Heroin

Our client, R.O., was arrested in Jacksonville on a nine-year-old warrant for violating his probation. Years ago, while on felony probation, our client left Florida and traveled North. Our client was arrested during a traffic stop when the police requested identification of all occupants of the vehicle. Our firm entered an admission on behalf of our client to the violation at our client’s first court date. Our firm was able to show the court that our client had not reoffended and had the same stable job for the past five years, showing he was not the type to reoffend. Our firm was successful in having the probation revoked and terminated, after which our client was released from jail. Had our client been arrested on a new charge, this outcome may have been different. – June 2013

Felony Concealing Information to Obtain a Prescription, Commonly Referred to as “Doctor Shopping”

Our client, O.P., was arrested in Jacksonville for concealing information to obtain a prescription, or what is commonly referred to as “Doctor shopping”. This crime is a third degree felony, exposing our client to a possible five year prison sentence. This is a very common arrest throughout Jacksonville and is usually made by the same small group of detectives and undercover agents who are arresting addicts rather than criminals. In most cases, including this one, the client’s drug addiction arose out of a legitimate injury of some sort in which pills were prescribed for in a legitimate manner. In this case, our client was presented with a legitimate struggle in her life with the pill addiction. Our firm was able to have our client’s case “diverted” to drug court, giving our client a chance to avoid the felony charges being filed. Drug court is offered to a select few defendants by the State and exists for those who truly have the desire to stop using drugs. Under this approach, the State attempts to clean up the offender removing the drug problem all together, rather than processing that same individual again as a repeat offender. In Duval County, drug court can last up to eighteen (18) months, whereas other counties in Florida may have longer drug court periods, depending on how well funded the program is in that county. In this case, if our client is rejected while in drug court, her case will return to the felony line division for prosecution. – April 2013

Felony Distribution of Marijuana, Felony Trafficking in Opiates, and Felony Distribution of Opiates

Our client, T.C., was arrested for three separate third degree felony charges of selling marijuana, third degree felony trafficking in Opiates, and second degree felony delivery/distribution of opiates, in total exposing our client to up to sixty (60) years in prison. In this case, our client was set up by law enforcement and recorded. The recordings plainly indicated our client was selling drugs. Our client was required to serve twelve (12) months county jail to attend a drug program. Originally facing 60 (sixty) years, our client avoided prison and received NO CONVICTIONS. – June 2013