Prosecutors in Florida very rarely drop domestic violence charges. This is why it is so important to take these charges seriously, even if you think they are without merit. A Jacksonville, Florida, woman is currently serving a 20-year sentence after she was convicted of a domestic violence charge related to firing a gun in the direction of her husband.
Gainesville, home to Santa Fe College and the University of Florida, is full of young undergrad and graduate students. Add that to a hipster local culture and particularly infamous high-quality marijuana and you've got the perfect storm of producer, product, and consumer. Although for some, smoking marijuana is as much a part of the college experience as cramming for finals, it has potential legal consequences that are serious.
Prosecutors in Florida take drug charges very seriously. However, drug charges often stem from somewhat questionable evidence. This may include unreasonable search and seizure or false testimony from drug dealers or confidential informants. Those who have been charged with drug crimes in North Central Florida are often wise to seek experienced legal counsel.
Gainesville residents may have read an LA Times report last week about how members of the U.S. military are much more likely to cause a motor vehicle accident within six months of returning home from a deployment. Late last week in Tampa, Florida, a Marine agreed to a plea deal to resolve a fatal drunk driving accident that his attorney believes was spurred by post-traumatic stress disorder.
Although drug charges are prosecuted very seriously in Florida, it is important for Gainesville residents to know that these charges often involve very questionable evidence. Many Florida residents will soon find this out after 50 people were arrested at the end of last month for alleged drug crimes.
John Goodman, a high-profile man and now DUI manslaughter suspect in Florida, was sentenced in the criminal case against him in late March. He was charged with DUI causing death after his involvement in a fatal drunk driving accident in February 2010. The case has remained in the local and national spotlight due to Goodman's status as a wealthy polo mogul.