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Drug-related offenses: Substances discovered after man arrested

Taking the first steps to build a criminal defense after facing charges can be difficult. Some individuals may not know what their options are or where they should turn for help. Fortunately, individuals accused of drug-related offenses typically have time to gain knowledge about the specific charges they face and their defense options before their cases move forward.

One man in Florida is likely looking to gain useful information regarding his legal options after recently being taken into custody. According to reports, the man was pulled over by a police officer while he was driving. The officer reportedly stated that the man was speeding, and when the officer approached the vehicle, he allegedly smelled marijuana and believed that the man seemed nervous.

Aggravated assault, other charge stem from Florida traffic stop

Serious criminal charges deserve the proper attention. When a person is accused of aggravated assault or other severe crimes, that person may have a difficult time maintaining his or her innocence. However, individuals in this type of situation do have legal options for defending against any allegations brought against them.

It was recently reported that a man in Florida was accused of violent crimes involving a police deputy. Apparently, the deputy conducted a traffic stop on the man's vehicle because the window tinting on the SUV was too dark, which violated the law. During the stop, the officer allegedly smelled marijuana and asked the driver to turn off the vehicle. Instead, the driver reportedly attempted to drive away and dragged the deputy with the vehicle.

Why is shoplifting so common and why do so many people do it?

Shoplifting is something that almost everyone has done at one time or another. It is most common among young kids and teenagers. Unfortunately, some people don’t mature out of this urge. Stealing products from a store is extremely common and there have been many efforts to discourage this trend from growing. Stores have some products under lock and key, video cameras in makeup aisles, mirrors throughout the store, etc.

So, why do people continue to take the risk involved in shoplifting? It’s an easy habit to develop, especially when you’ve avoided getting caught in the past. Successful stealing increases your confidence and willingness to try bigger or more expensive products.

DUI manslaughter charge stems from accident after cyclist's death

Accusations of driving under the influence can come in varying forms. If a person is accused of a first-time DUI offense, he or she may have a less severe situation than someone who is accused of vehicular manslaughter associated with a drunk driving accident. In the latter scenario, a person could be at risk of facing significant repercussions in the event of a conviction.

One man in Florida may be having concerns about the possible outcomes of his case after recently being taken into custody. According to reports, the man was driving a vehicle westbound when he purportedly struck a bicyclist. The bicyclist was reported as being a 17-year-old girl, and she was riding eastbound in a designated bicycle lane on the westbound side of the road. The man's vehicle crossed into the bicycle lane where it hit the girl.

Florida grandmother charged with drug-related offenses

People in desperate situations often feel as if they have no control over their lives. In some instances, that may be the case, especially for individuals with addiction issues. Often, the substance becomes the controlling factor in their lives, and as a result, individuals may make decisions that result in their facing charges for drug-related offenses.

It was recently reported that one woman was taken into custody on a drug charge in Florida. Apparently, an officer allegedly saw the woman participate in a drug deal. The woman was in a vehicle with a 2-year-old child in the backseat, and the officer pulled her vehicle over. The officer then conducted a search of the vehicle and purportedly found a substance that appeared to be heroin.

Bond set for woman accused of vehicular homicide

Certain events in life can haunt people for years. They may have made one questionable decision that had substantial impacts, and as a result, they could have to find ways to deal with the repercussions of their actions. In particular, a person could face vehicular homicide charges if a DUI crash led to fatalities.

It was recently reported that a woman in Florida is currently handling this type of case. Apparently, last month, the woman was driving a vehicle when she purportedly struck three teens who were walking to a bus stop. The individuals were reported as being 13, 15 and 17 years old, and they all suffered fatal injuries as a result of the incident. The driver of the vehicle also suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Apparent road rage leads to manslaughter charge for Florida man

When a person's actions are suspected to have led to the death of another person, it is common for criminal charges to result. In some instances, manslaughter allegations may seem appropriate depending on the exact details of the incident. Though this allegation may seem less serious than murder charges, it is still a severe accusation to face.

One man in Florida recently had a manslaughter charge brought against him in relation to an event that took place last year. Apparently, the man was driving a vehicle when he and another driver allegedly got into an altercation. The situation resulted in both drivers pulling over, and the second driver exited his vehicle. Allegedly, the man accelerated and struck the other driver. That person became stuck underneath the man's vehicle and was dragged a considerable distance.

Family plans to sue, claim excessive force by resource officer

Many people have concerns about interactions with police officers. They may feel apprehensive because they fear getting into trouble, even if they do not think they have done anything wrong. Of course, others may have fears that they will be harmed by police officers due to the use of excessive force when making an arrest or otherwise addressing a situation.

The use of excessive force is currently at the center of an event that took place at a Florida high school. According to reports, the school's resource officer was called to an area of the school due to claims that a 17-year-old student had assaulted two employees. However, the boy's family stated that one of the employees grabbed the boy by the neck. Nonetheless, the resource officer reportedly tackled the student to the ground after other attempts to subdue him.

Florida teen needs criminal defense after having BB gun at school

These days, it seems like there is an incident regarding weapons on school grounds far too often. Unfortunately, some teens may make threatening statements or bring weapons onto school property without fully thinking through their actions. Still, they can wind up facing serious charges and needing a criminal defense even if they think their actions were a joke.

One student at a Florida high school is currently in such a predicament. According to reports, the school's resource officer was informed that a student had a gun a school grounds. As a result, police officers were called to the scene, and the school was placed on lockdown while a search was conducted. Officers found a BB gun inside a student's backpack along with that student's ID.

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