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The nation, including Florida, cracks down on the synthetic drug problem

September 22, 2017

“Mr. Smiley” seems like a friendly term; however, this epithet actually refers to a synthetic drug. Synthetic drugs are like plant-generated illegal drugs, but they are manmade. Instead of marijuana from a tree, for example, manufacturers produce synthetic versions of the drug via chemical formulas and compounds.


What are the penalties for drinking and driving in Florida?

July 12, 2016

In Florida, according to the Florida State Legislature, it is illegal for drivers to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level at or above 0.08. A driver who commits this serious crime is subject to penalties like license revocation, fines and jail time.


Florida eyewitness testimony not always accurate

June 14, 2017

When law enforcement officers in Panama City, and throughout Florida, are looking to solve a crime, they often rely heavily on statements from eyewitnesses. Such testimony has been long held by judges, juries and others as some of the most solid evidence.


What is a criminal expungement?

October 20, 2017

Being arrested on suspicion of criminal activity can be a very scary and upsetting experience for people in Florida. There are many concerning elements to a criminal arrest and one of these is the potential for a lifelong criminal history.


Florida voters approve expansion of legal medical marijuana program

November 10, 2017

On January 3, 2017, a popular amendment to the Florida Constitution takes effect that will greatly expand the legal use of medicinal marijuana. Amendment 2 was approved by state voters in the November 2016 election with about 71 percent of votes cast on the measure, reports the Florida Division of Elections.


Using an ignition interlock device

November 20, 2017

Florida residents who have experienced the fear and uncertainty of being pulled over and eventually questioned and arrested for alleged drunk driving understandably have many questions.


Florida police need a warrant for ‘black box’ data in cars

August 12, 2017

Motor vehicles today have become highly sophisticated machines resembling, in many ways, giant computers on four wheels. What many drivers may not realize is that most cars are now equipped with what is sometimes referred to as a ‘black box.’