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Obtaining A Controlled Substance By Fraud

It is an offense for a person to obtain or attempt to obtain a controlled substance by using some type of fraud. Fraud can be by forgery, deceit, or alteration of a prescription or of any written order, or by the concealment of a material fact, or by the use of a false name or the giving of a false address. JUPITER — A 67-year-old Jupiter dentist is facing a list of drug charges after officers say he wrote fake prescriptions under his patients’ names but filled them at pharmacies for himself. Christopher Petterson faces drug trafficking and fraud charges. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to Petterson’s alleged scheme Dec. 13 when the office manager of a dental spa where he used to practice got a call from… […]

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The High Cost Of Victimless Crimes

The High Cost Of Victimless Crimes

Does the punishment fit the crime if the crime is victimless? Just ask Michael Edwards who is serving an 80 year sentence for selling $850 worth of cocaine or any one of the millions of people doing time for victimless crimes. A victimless crime is a crime that has no victim; with the possible exception of the person who committed the “crime.” Some of the most obvious examples of victimless crimes are illegal drugs and sex crimes like prostitution. There are also “public order” offenses including immigration, weapons charges, public drunkenness, indecent exposure, etc. Over 80% of the U.S. prison population is incarcerated for victimless crimes – approximately 750,000 individuals, as well as 3 million other people on parole or probation. About 4 million people are arrested each year for… […]

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Oxycodone Trafficking Crime In South Florida

Oxycodone Trafficking Crime In South Florida

A registered nurse in Royal Palm allegedly filled numerous fraudulent prescriptions for herself and her husband using the signature of a doctor who once employed her. In all, deputies say Heather Carmichael duped the pharmacies out of six pounds of pills in two months. Carmichael, 42, now stands charged with drug trafficking. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report: On Aug. 1, Dr. Christopher Devine, of Wellington, got a visit from Lawrence Deyoung, pharmacy manager of a Royal Palm Walgreens. Sitting in Devine’s office, Deyoung pulled out a woman’s Oxycodone prescription he had rejected earlier in the day. While Florida law allows advanced registered nurses to prescribe non-controlled substances to patients, it prohibits them from prescribing controlled substances, like Oxycodone or Hydrocodone. Read full story. By far and… […]

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An Initiative to Legalize Marijuana and 5 Worst States To Get Busted With Pot

An Initiative to Legalize Marijuana and 5 Worst States To Get Busted With Pot

In November this year Colorado and Washington voters passed an initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use (source). “The world of voters spoke and we heard them,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. “Obviously, the majority felt it should be treated more like alcohol,” he added. But there’s a big catch: marijuana is still listed as a Schedule One drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, which makes it every bit as illegal as heroin. Gov. Hickenlooper is aware of the challenge: “If we can’t legalize it, how do we decriminalize it? How do we get as close as we can to the will of the voters? It’s not immediately apparent,” he told Scott Pelley in an interview early Wednesday morning. The Justice Department weighed in on Wednesday, according to the… […]

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Crime of Trafficking in Cocaine

Crime of Trafficking in Cocaine

Cocaine worth $2.7 million in luggage at Miami International Airport. The luggage from Quito, Ecuador carried an unusual cargo: 90 bricks of cocaine worth $2.7 million, WPLG-Ch. 10 reports. U.S. Customs & Border Protection found the cache in three suitcases at Miami International Airport on Thursday. No arrests were made. See the full story here. Cocaine is a schedule II controlled substance. Possession of cocaine is a crime in almost every jurisdiction. The consequences, however, are not always consistent. Possible punishments include mandatory rehabilitation, fines, and incarceration. In some countries getting caught with cocaine can lead to execution. In many cases, those who are convicted of possession of cocaine face imprisonment. The amount of time that a person will spend incarcerated generally depends upon the jurisdiction where the crime is… […]

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Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana. Is the Law More Impaired Than the Driver?

Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana. Is the Law More Impaired Than the Driver?

Clearing the Smoke on New Marijuana Laws There are going to be a lot more impaired drivers on the road now that marijuana use is legal in Colorado and Washington. And the laws regarding driving under the influence of marijuana are tricky. Police have the right to arrest you if you have small amounts of THC in your system. They have the right to blood test you even if they think you look high. This is a problem because many people look high all the time and just about everyone looks high driving home after a long day at work. A police officer may detect the presence of drugs through a test done with breath, blood, or urine. However, since there isn’t an exact number to prove toxicity like the… […]

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Clearing The Haze On The New Marijuana Laws

Clearing The Haze On The New Marijuana Laws

On November 6, Colorado and Washington State passed laws making the recreational use of marijuana legal. While this is a victory for the occasional marijuana user there are still many uncertainties. Hundreds of misdemeanor marijuana cases have already been dropped and many Colorado and Washington police departments have stopped charging adults 21 years and older for small-scale possession. But because marijuana possession is still a federal crime, the question remains – if you are caught with marijuana will you be arrested? The answer depends less on the law and more on the location. Liberal jurisdictions in Colorado will not bring up any charges but prosecutors in more conservative precincts have vowed to press ahead with existing marijuana cases and are still citing people for possession. Additionally, several towns in the… […]

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Criminal Charges For Possession Of Cocaine

Criminal Charges For Possession Of Cocaine

With a can of Four Loko alcoholic drink still cold to the touch in his truck and a crack cocaine pipe in his pocket, a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue firefighter allegedly waved down a police officer for help in reporting a robbery. Now Mark Freseman, 45, of North Palm Beach faces criminal charges including possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of medication without a prescription. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Tuesday and was released on his own recognizance the same day. Fire rescue spokesman Capt. Albert Borroto confirmed that Freseman is employed at fire rescue. Borroto said the agency is gathering all details concerning Freseman’s case and then will make a decision as to his employment. Freseman waved down a Riviera Beach Police… […]

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What is Happening with the Florida Drug Law?

What is Happening with the Florida Drug Law?

Fighting a drug charge can be extremely complicated. Now with the new changes in the Florida Drug Law, things may be even more confusing. A criminal defense lawyer is the best person to speak with if you have questions about the drug crime allegations against you. Since Orange County Judge Mary Scriven found the Florida Drug Abuse Prevention and Control law unconstitutional, charging offenders with drug crimes involving intent is becoming a grey area. Drug Law in Florida Judge Scriven called the law “atavistic and repugnant to the common law,” after Mackle Vincent Shelton, was convicted on a cocaine offense and sentenced to 18 years in prison even though he was unaware that his friend hid cocaine in his backpack. The idea behind the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Law… […]

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Jupiter Man Arrested On Charges Of Operating Grow House

Jupiter Man Arrested On Charges Of Operating Grow House

Lapsley, 33, was charged with one count each of trafficking in cannabis and possession of cannabis over 20 grams. He was booked in the Palm Beach County Jail Wednesday and released Thursday on $18,000 bond. Sheriff’s narcotics agents found about 78 pounds of cannabis inside the home, according to an arrest report. The agents obtained a search warrant on Tuesday and conducted surveillance outside the home the following morning. The agents continued watch through the afternoon, when Lapsley went to his car and backed out of the driveway, the report said. Deputies conducted a traffic stop and detained Lapsley while other agents executed the search warrant at his home. According to the report, the northeast bedroom had been converted into a grow room containing 45 small cannabis plants. The room… […]

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