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Wrongfully Convicted Cases, Statistics and Criminal Defense Lawyer Experience

Wrongfully Convicted Cases, Statistics and Criminal Defense Lawyer Experience

Wrongful Conviction A miscarriage of justice primarily is the conviction and punishment of a person for a crime they did not commit. The term can also apply to errors in the other direction—”errors of impunity” and to civil cases. Most criminal justice systems have some means to overturn, or “quash”, a wrongful conviction, but this is often difficult to achieve. The most serious instances occur when a wrongful conviction is not overturned for several years, or until after the innocent person has been executed or died in jail. “Miscarriage of justice” is sometimes synonymous with wrongful conviction, referring to a conviction reached in an unfair or disputed trial. Wrongful convictions are frequently cited by death penalty opponents as cause to eliminate death penalties to avoid executing innocent persons. In recent… […]

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Presciption Drug Crimes and Hydrocodone Trafficking in Florida

Presciption Drug Crimes and Hydrocodone Trafficking in Florida

The State of Florida is known as the Pill Mill Capital of the United States. People from all around Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, and the entire East Coast corridor of the United States flock to Florida, quicker than the snow birds in January, to purchase and transport hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is a very powerful prescription form of heroin. The street name for the drug is blues or oxies. The favorite milligram for the street level user is the blue 30 mg pill. The illegal user crushes the pill and snorts it, injects it, or smokes it for the immediate high that is associated with this powerful and very lucrative prescription drug. The street value of one hydrocodone fetches no less than $30.00 a pill. The amount of hydrocodone walking the… […]

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Majority Of Americans Supporting Legalization of Marijuana

Majority Of Americans Supporting Legalization of Marijuana

Today, 20 states and District of Columbia have laws in place that legalize marijuana for medical use. Only 2 states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Although possessing and using recreational marijuana has been legal in 2013 in these 2 states, January 2014 marks a new beginning, where the drug can be sold commercially to customers without medical need for it. In addition to concerns about increase in use for teens and spread of use trickling out of Colorado state, the major concern is shortage of marijuana supply. The lines are long, and with only about 20 stores operating around the state, supply can quickly run out in 1st few months of the year. Tim Cullen, co-owner of the store Evergreen Apothecary in Denver CO, points out… […]

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Migration To Colorado For Medical Use Of Marijuana

Migration To Colorado For Medical Use Of Marijuana

100 families from Florida and Virginia, South Carolina and New York, have moved to Colorado to treat their sick children with promising oil derived from marijuana. Their migration is one of many ways that a once-illicit drug is reshaping life here in Colorado, a state that is now considered a forefront of the national debate over legalizing drugs. The Justice Department has warily allowed Colorado and Washington State, which passed a similar measure, to go ahead with their plans to regulate recreational marijuana, even though it remains illegal under federal law. The first retail marijuana shops in Colorado are poised to open in January. Strains of sativa and indica plants flourish in basements across the state. The families have put high hopes on marijuana oil called Charlotte’s Web, which is… […]

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Facing Federal Charges

Facing Federal Charges

Quinton Mitchell, a Bahamian national, was arrested last week and now is facing federal charges in the alleged marijuana trafficking operation off Jupiter Island. There were 3 other men involved in pot smuggling operation and authorities are still searching for the other passengers who were on the boat. To help with investigation, other agencies were involved and they include: investigators from Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Jupiter Island police, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Florida Fish and Wildlife. According to federal officials, the bales of marijuana weighed about 520 pounds in total and that the street value of the drugs was estimated to be about $1.6 million. Mitchell made his initial appearance Wednesday before a U.S. magistrate and… […]

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Florida Congressman Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Possession

Florida Congressman Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Possession

U.S. Rep. Trey Radel pleaded guilty today to one count of misdemeanor cocaine possession. The Florida Republican was sentenced to one year of probation. According to court documents and law enforcement officials, Radel (R-Florida), was charged after allegedly buying a small amount of the drug in an October sting. The sting was part of a broader FBI/Drug Enforcement Administration investigation of a drug trafficking organization in the nation’s capital. The law enforcement official further reports that the targets of the investigation are dealers and high-level people in the organization, not buyers and users. But a dealer who was arrested last month told federal agents that one of his customers was a congressman. “In the sting, Radel bought a small amount of cocaine at Washington’s Dupont Circle after meeting with someone… […]

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Police Car Searches in Drug Cases

Police Car Searches in Drug Cases

Hernandez Falcon was arrested by Palm Beach County deputies for possessing a synthetic drug Methamphetamine and drug equipment. The arrest came as a response to a car crash at the 6000 block of Forest Hill Boulevard according to affidavit. Hernandez Falcon was found passed out in the passenger car seat and without pants. Mr. Falcon didn’t respond to deputy questions. When a car search was performed, deputies discovered a pair of blue shorts, a digital scale disguised as a digital camera, a glass pipe, and a camouflage-colored grinder in the shape of a grenade. Also found in the car’s center console wass a baggie containing methamphetamine. Hernandez Falcon, 27, is facing three counts of possession of drug equipment and one count of possessing a synthetic drug. The story was reported… […]

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West Palm Beach Smoke Shop Workers Arrested for Selling Synthetic Marijuana

West Palm Beach Smoke Shop Workers Arrested for Selling Synthetic Marijuana

The DEA deemed synthetic marijuana, or synthetic cannabinoids and stimulants into the Controlled Susbtances Act, making it very illegal to possess or sell any substance that is considered a synthetic alternative to marijuana. Spice and K2 are incenses created by a mixture of chemicals that people have been smoking, as it has a similar stimulating effect to that of marijuana. Selling any controlled substance is a felony and if you are accused of this crime, you need a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Synthetic Marijuana in West Palm Beach According to WPTV News, a three-month investigation into the suspected sale of illegal “synthetic marijuana” resulted in the arrests Thursday of a suburban West Palm Beach smoke shop owner and a shop employee, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Monica Lee,… […]

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Oxycodone Trafficking Doctor of the Week

Oxycodone Trafficking Doctor of the Week

Oxycodone trafficking is starting to outperform the cocaine boom of South Florida. Broward County, known as the pain pill capital of the U.S. has some of the most prominent painkiller trafficking cases to date. Another Doctor Trafficking Pain Killers According to an article in WPTV News, 54-year-old Dr. Barry Michael Schultz, a Delray Beach doctor, is accused of prescribing an extremely excess amount of painkillers to dozens of patients and requiring them to fill their prescriptions at his own office dispensary and pay cash. Authorities say the Schultz Medical Group/Barry Schultz M.D. was not registered with the Florida Department of Health to operate as a pain management clinic. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was alerted when the pharmacist-owner of a Tru-Valu Drugs store called about a patient of Schultz’s… […]

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How Law Enforcement Officers are Caught Trafficking Oxycodone

How Law Enforcement Officers are Caught Trafficking Oxycodone

It’s always amazing to see law enforcement officers caught committing crimes. Usually the crimes they commit involve police brutality or abuse of power. This week, a Broward Sheriff’s sergeant has been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail for a different reason. Sgt. John Goodbread and his wife are accused of Oxycodone trafficking and prescription fraud. Sgt. Goodbread, 42, has been with the Broward Sheriff’s Office for a little over two decades. He has actually been suspended with pay as the investigation continues, says sheriff’s spokeswoman Dani Moschella, according to WPTV News. Doctor Shopping The Broward Sheriff’s Office alerted Palm Beach County Sheriff’s detectives of a distinct possibility Sgt. Goodbread and his wife had been “doctor shopping.” Doctor shopping is the practice of acquiring prescription drugs from several different doctors.… […]

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