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Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring

Today Florida will begin monitoring your prescriptions in an effort to deterdoctor shopping and physicians from overprescribing medication.  The legislation that led to the data base has been mired in controversy.  Advocates contend that it gives law enforcement the ability to monitor “pill mills” and is necessary to combat Florida’s growing prescription pill epidemic.  Those in opposition, including Gov....

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Marijuana in the Mailbox: Orlando Oxycodone & Cocaine Trafficking

Florida’s “war on drugs” is something of a “cat and mouse” game. Law enforcement uncovers a new method of drug smuggling and uses its new-found knowledge to make as many busts as possible. However, the police are usually playing a game of “catch up,” as drug distributors find clever new ways to keep distribution channels open. The newest trend...

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Public Perception on Domestic Violence often Misses the Mark

Anyone arrested for domestic violence already knows the weight that such accusations carry. Even when the charges are baseless, the arrestee is already convicted in the court of public opinion. However, a recent domestic violence arrest appearing in national headlines could help to prevent some from jumping to conclusions when accusations of domestic violence are made. A few weeks...

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Florida Police’s Internet Child Predator Stings and Entrapment

Some Question the Legality of Aggressive Law Enforcement Tactics A recent internet child predator sting created by Polk County’s Sheriff’s Department resulted in the arrest of 22 men. Authorities created advertisements on websites such as Craigslist, Backpage, MyYearbook and OKCupid, pretending that they were a concerned parent or relative who wanted someone to provide guidance to their young girl. Some...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | Restoration of Civil Rights

Florida Bill Seeks to Quickly Incarcerate Probation Violators

Proposed legislation seeks to make the current probation violation process stricter for repeat offenders accused of violating their probation. If signed into law, it would allow Florida law enforcement to hold the accused person in jail for probation violations when they have multiple felony convictions on their criminal record. In Florida’s present probation system, the person on supervised probation...

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| Read Time: < 1 minute | Restoration of Civil Rights

Florida makes it harder for Ex-Felons to Vote

The challenges of overcoming a felony conviction for a Florida criminal charge have just been made harder by new changes passed by Florida’s Executive Clemency Board.  Under the new rules even nonviolent offenders will have to wait five years before they may be considered for the restoration of their civil rights. More serious felony convictions now require a waiting...

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Do Domestic Violence Arrests Really Spike on Super Bowl Sunday?

For years we have heard that episodes of domestic violence dramatically rise on Super Bowl Sunday. Much like the common belief that hospital emergency rooms are busier when there’s a full moon, the truth of the Super Bowl violence matter is shrouded in mystery. Or is it? Many Believe There is No Link between the Super Bowl and Violence...

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Consequences of Toll Violations in Central Florida

The Orlando Orange County Expressway Authority reported netting $251 million last year in toll collections – a $45 million increase from 2009. The toll revenue plays a crucial role, providing the funding necessary to maintain the Florida Turnpike. Unfortunately, some innocent SunPass users are playing the role of victim in this fund-raising endeavor. The SunPass transponder – also referred...

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Avoid Being Pulled Over on Suspected Drunk Driving

Even the most sober, law-abiding driver feels a twinge of panic when he or she sees a police cruiser’s lights flashing in the rear view mirror. However, someone who recently had a beer at a local bar or a drink while watching the big game will feel especially vulnerable in this situation. There are some basic steps a driver...

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