For decades now, the so-called war on drugs has led to hundreds of thousands of people being imprisoned for drug violations. Jails and prisons across the country are overwhelmed by people convicted of a drug offense, whether that offense was drug trafficking or possession of marijuana.
As a matter of policy, the state of Florida considers drunk driving to be a crime that is so serious that not only can a first conviction lead to jail time as well as fines, but further convictions can lead to a cascading series of harsher penalties.
In the state of Florida, a felony conviction can have serious ramifications for the lives of those who have been found guilty. One such consequence is the inability of felons to own guns and other weapons. This restriction is taken very seriously by all law enforcement agencies, and violating it can lead to increased penalties for those who have broken the law.
Any criminal conviction can haunt an individual for years. However, a felony charge carries much more weight and can impact your life drastically. A felony charge involves a more seri-ous accusation, including but not limited to murder, terroristic acts, rape, robbery, and assault. A conviction can result in varying penalties, such as prison sentences and fines.
The drunk driving arrest of a Florida judge who, perhaps ironically, has been in charge of misdemeanor drug cases, highlights some of the human aspects connected with the issues that arise when people mix alcohol and driving.
A Florida rapper was recently sentenced for two counts of bank robbery with assault, as well as two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence. The man, who robbed two banks for a total of $32,000 in 2013, received a 35-year prison sentence in federal court.
Just two days after being released from a detox facility, a Florida woman was taken into custody in Marco Island. The woman was charged with DUI and marijuana possession after she reportedly crashed her Mercedes into another vehicle.
A Florida man is facing theft charges after a body scan revealed some unusual evidence in his stomach. The 21-year-old man was arrested on Dec. 11 after a report of a nearby home invasion. He was originally stopped by police for reckless driving, but officers became suspicious after they noticed that his 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe matched the description of a vehicle reported stolen in a home invasion in Safety Harbor.
Marion County, Florida, authorities discovered a woman who was thought to have robbed two banks when being detained at the Hillsborough County Jail. According to jail records, a 53-year old woman, who is believed to have committed robbery, was taken into custody for driving with a license that was suspended or revoked after being pulled over on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa at around 1:07 a.m. on Nov. 13. She was apparently taken into custody just 12 hours after allegedly robbing a bank on SW State Road 200.
Following a traffic stop on Nov. 5, a man from Okeechobee who was a passenger in the vehicle was taken into custody and charged with three felony possession of a controlled substance charges. At the time of the traffic infraction, he was in possession of methamphetamine, as well as alprazolam and morphine without a prescription. He is currently being held on $7,500 bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. The three other occupants of the vehicle were also searched but then released.