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Author Archives: Jay Butchko

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Two Defendants Face Drug Trafficking Charges After Police Search House In North Port

By FL Drug Defense Group |

What are the most common ways that people get caught selling drugs?  Some drug busts ensue after someone sells drugs to an undercover officer and then gets arrested and, as part of a plea deal, provides information about other people involved in the drug trafficking operation.  In other cases, people pose with drugs and… Read More »

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Criminal Cases For Driving Under The Influence Of Cannabis Are As Subjective As You Think They Are

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Under Florida laws in their current form, the penalties for driving under the influence of cannabis are the same as the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol.  As far as the law is concerned, DUI is DUI, whether the substance of which you are under the influence is marijuana, alcohol, a prescription… Read More »

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PillPacks

What Does The CDC’s New Report About Antihistamines And Opioid Overdose Have To Do With Your Drug Case?

By FL Drug Defense Group |

It seems like every time you open your favorite social media apps, people are sharing content about how a harmless substance you use every day is actually deadly or about how someone is conspiring to poison you and your loved ones.  We will all be better off if you ignore 99 percent of this… Read More »

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Mixed Messages About Take-Home Medications For Opioid Treatment

By FL Drug Defense Group |

You are not to blame if you are confused by federal and state drug laws.  In some cases, a drug can be legal while one that is very similar to it is illegal, or the same drug may be legal in some contexts but not others.  There are even instances where whether a certain… Read More »

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DrugPossession

Drug Possession Means Even Bigger Legal Trouble When Children Are Present

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Drug courts and criminal laws have begun to move away from the rhetoric of the War on Drugs and to treat the criminal offense of drug possession as a symptom of substance use disorder.  The crime has no victims except the defendant; if you illegally possess controlled substances, you are not endangering anyone except… Read More »

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Vaccine

Researchers Are Working On A Fentanyl Vaccine

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Hope and fear emerge from the most unexpected places in the opioid epidemic.  When pill mills replaced street corner heroin as the scariest source of opioids, who knew that heroin would make a comeback?  Fentanyl is a terrifyingly efficient killer, but naloxone is equally efficient at saving lives.  After policymakers argued for decades about… Read More »

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Why Do Police Drop Charges In Drug Cases?

By FL Drug Defense Group |

You may have heard the scary statistic that 90 percent of defendants in criminal cases plead guilty, but that does not mean that, if you get arrested on suspicion of a drug crime, the chances that you will emerge from the incident without a criminal record are less than ten percent.  This figure does… Read More »

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Driver’s License Suspension And Florida Drug Possession Cases

By FL Drug Defense Group |

A criminal charge for drug possession is far from the worst-case scenario when it comes to drug offenses.  When you first contact a criminal defense lawyer, he or she might be relieved to find out that the charges are just simple possession instead of something worse, such as drug trafficking or possession with intent… Read More »

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Does The Federal Cannabis Possession Pardon Signal A New Era For Federal Cannabis Laws?

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Cannabis is illegal in Florida except when it isn’t.  Florida has yet to decriminalize cannabis possession at the state level, but the number of cities that treat possession of small amounts of cannabis as a civil infraction instead of a crime is growing by the year.  Meanwhile, it is legal to possess small quantities… Read More »

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Mushrooms

Are Super Mushrooms Legal?

By FL Drug Defense Group |

Almost everyone has seen an artistic depiction of an Amanita muscaria mushroom.  Its tall stalk and bright red cap with white spots and white gills look like something straight out of folklore or an artist’s imagination.  Children of the 1980s watched Mario and Luigi gain superpowers by eating these fungi in the Super Mario… Read More »

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