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Author Archives: Jay Butchko

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Can You Get In Trouble For Alkyl Nitrites In Florida?

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Drugs that the law universally considers “bad” are the exception rather than the rule.  For every big bad heroin, there are dozens of other drugs that have some accepted medical uses, even though their abuse potential is very high.  Some of the most widely abused drugs, including fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine, are Schedule II… Read More »

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Tampering With Evidence In Florida Drug Cases

By FL Drug Defense Group |

In terms of legal consequences, there is a big difference between getting convicted of drug possession and getting convicted of drug trafficking or any of the other crimes that indicate that you were participating in other people’s drug use instead of just your own.  Much of what determines which drug crime you get charged… Read More »

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Wesley Chapel Man Pleads Guilty To Distribution Of Fentanyl Resulting In Death

By FL Drug Defense Group |

A recent development in a years-long drug trafficking conspiracy case serves as a reminder that it is possible to get a sentence of life in prison for drug distribution.  The defendant has yet to be sentenced, so it is not yet possible to know how long his sentence will be or when, if ever,… Read More »

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New Clinical Trial Brings MDMA One Step Closer To Approval As A Treatment For PTSD

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Before there were Ecstasy and Molly, there was MDMA.  Before there was PTSD, there was shell shock, the term used to describe the chronic, debilitating anxiety and other psychological symptoms experienced by veterans returning from trench warfare during the First World War.  The disease got different names after each war as soldiers experienced similar… Read More »

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Alford Pleas: When Does Pleading Guilty Not Require You To Admit Wrongdoing?

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Why do so many defendants plead guilty?  When you are not facing criminal charges, and therefore not facing a years-long or decades-long prison sentence, it is easy to say that you would never confess to a crime you did not commit, or even a crime you did commit.  Things look very different when you… Read More »

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The Rights Of Foreign Nationals In Drug Trafficking Cases

By FL Drug Defense Group |

By now, the rights of defendants in criminal cases sound familiar to you.  You have the right to be presumed innocent until you plead guilty or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.  You have a right to a trial before unbiased jurors.  You have the right not to incriminate yourself; this… Read More »

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Polk County Officials Seize $53 Million Of Drugs And Contraband From International Drug Trafficking Operation

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Whether you are charged with carrying a few MDMA pills in your backpack or receiving a shipment of fentanyl you bought on the dark web from another country for resale in Florida, your rights as a defendant in a criminal case are the same.  You have the right to consult an attorney and not… Read More »

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Venice Couple Arrested After Toddler Suffers Drug Overdose At Their Home

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Young children like to put non-edible things in their mouths, and this is a constant source of worry for parents, at least until they find out that the child did not actually swallow the item or that it is not harmful.  Look at the Google search history of people who are new to parenthood,… Read More »

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Pinellas County Woman Arrested After Police Find Drugs On Nightstand

By FL Drug Defense Group |

The drug education classes were certainly misguided, but generations of Floridians can confidently say that school gave them a love for reading.  The catchy rhymes and zany illustrations in the books our teachers read to us created lasting memories, and, for those of us who grew up in the 80s, that week in the… Read More »

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Orlando Man Pleads Guilty To Participating In Drug-Trafficking Operation

By FL Drug Defense Group |

When schools and most businesses closed in the spring of 2020 in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the incidences of some types of crime decreased.  No one got arrested for assault after a bar fight, because there were no bars open where people could come to blows.  Likewise, there were fewer home… Read More »

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