Heroin Epidemic was Predictable and Preventable in 2015

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All across America, even here in affluent white Sarasota, heroin is cheap and available. Did you know that one of the leading causes of death of people under thirty five is drug overdose? In many States, drug overdose deaths exceed traffic and gun fatalities? Did you know that 80% of the people addicted to heroin were previously addicted to opiates like Oxycontin and Oxycodone? This epidemic started years ago when the drug manufacturers were pushing Oxycontin and Oxycodone. Thousands of people became addicted to the pills and as the pill mills flourished, heroin was not a big deal. When the law changed and the State wide data base was created for prescriptions, pills began to dry up. As the pills became more and more difficult to obtain, people switched to the cheaper and more readily alternative, heroin.
Now heroin overdose is a leading cause of death for young people. In both Sarasota and Bradenton, heroin arrests are up. Trafficking in heroin arrests continue to rise. The penalties for possession of heroin are harsh. It does not take much in terms of quantity to get charged with trafficking. An addict, buying or possessing a couple of days supply can easily get arrested for trafficking when is fact, they are a simple user.
As a criminal defense attorney handling drug crimes I understand addiction. What people need is help and treatment, not jail or prison. Addiction is an illness that causes crime. Most addicts eventually get charged with dealing in stolen property to support their habit. Many addicts get involved in burglaries, writing bad checks or stealing from relatives and employers, simply to support their addiction. Sadly, heroin addiction eventually leads to either prison or death. If a loved one has been arrested or a probation violation is in the works, I may be able to help. My goal is to help people and probation without treatment is a trap. Most addicts cannot make the tough choices and often it is up to relatives to help. If you have an addict in the family and want compassionate representation, call 941 366 3506 for a free consultation.


Christmas in the Polkey


No, it is not spelled wrong. In Polk County, Sheriff Grady Judd has arrested 95 people in his latest December 2015 sex sting. Most of them were either women so desperate they had turned to prostitution or men seeking a no strings attached fling. Grady Judd bragged that they will be eating pressed turkey in jail for Christmas. You will be paying for Grady Judd’s turkey dinners. Is he that desperate to pump up arrest statistics? Is he really stomping out crime and making the community safe? The sex operation ran for five days at an enormous cost in terms of manpower and money, and in reality did nothing when it comes to crime detection or prevention. How many packages were stolen off doorsteps while the deputies and detectives were baiting people on Backpage.com?

How many cars were broken into in the Malls?


How many houses were burglarized?


How many DUI accidents were prevented?

Should prostitution really be a crime?

It is the oldest profession. It goes back as far as recorded history. It was around in Biblical times and in most civilized countries is accepted as a reality. Sadly some women and mothers are so desperate that as an absolute last resort, they sell the only thing they have left, their body. Many are drug addicts, and it is the addiction, the physical dependency, that forces them into prostitution. From the man’s point of view, some single men are workaholics and have no time for a real relationship but still have the physical need for sex. Legalized prostitution would actually reduce crime in terms of rape and child molestation. Sex is a reality, everywhere but in the mind of Grady Judd. He has a “righteous” ultra conservative religious view of anything sexual in nature. News flash Grady…..people engage in sex outside of marriage! Some men do not want to mislead women with false promises of a relationship. Some men are honest and prostitution is the ultimate honest relationship. No one has to fake love or make phony promises. It is a simple straight forward business relationship and should be legal.
If a women or a man wants to consensually engage in sex, it is legal. If a man takes a woman to dinner, buys her drinks or gives her a present for sex, it is ok. If he simply gives her cash it is a crime. That is ridiculous. It is a victimless crime and has been around forever. The voters of Polk County, the taxpayers of Polk County and the citizens of Polk County are the losers in Grady Judd’s moral crusade. As a criminal defense lawyer, over the years, I have handled many solicitation cases. For the high end escort, sex is a commodity being sold in a purely business relationship. For the man, it is a convenient way to have a risk free sexual release. It is nature.
In an Internet sex sting, the police are doing the soliciting. The police post on the Internet offering sex and when someone bites, it is off to jail. What a waste of resources. Grady Judd is the Grinch for everyone except the bondsmen and criminal lawyers. These manufactured crimes are pure entrapment and a horrible waste of taxpayer money.
Let me hear your views or if you or a friend got busted, call 941 366 3506 to talk

Porch Pirate Arrest Coming Soon

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Over the holidays here in Sarasota you can expect a number of arrests for grand theft and in some instances burglary, as a result of people stealing Christmas presents from doorsteps and front porches. In my neighborhood, just yesterday, we saw a suspicious car following a UPS delivery truck. There are millions of packages stolen every holiday season and with the advent of hidden video cameras, there will be more and more arrests. Just recently, a police officer’s wife was seen on video and later arrested and charged with grand theft as a result of stealing a neighbors presents off the front step.
Here in Sarasota and in Bradenton, car burglaries have skyrocketed during the Christmas season. Many guns have been reported stolen, as well as radar detectors, GPS devices and personal property. At night, in some neighborhoods, teenagers walk the streets late at night “pulling handles” looking for easy pickings. I have represented juveniles who simply do not understand how serious this is and how it can destroy their future. Parents need to really be aware of just how and arrest and prosecution can change their child’s future educational and employment prospects.
As a criminal lawyer here in Sarasota I see how kids can screw up their life by hanging with the wrong crowd or making some stupid decision after getting stoned or high. Juvenile cases have to be taken just as serious as adult charges. Kids need to know that it is not a matter of getting a slap on the wrist. A juvenile record can come back to haunt you if you later catch a charge as an adult. A bad juvenile history can land you in State prison later on as an adult on a relative minor charge. If your child is arrested and you want to talk, you can call my office here in Sarasota for a free consultation at 941 366 3506

Gun Sales explode after California Shooting

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Gun Sales Soar after the December 2, 2015 Mass Shooting in US
If you went to the Tampa gun show or a local gun store in the last week you already know that gun sales are going through the roof all over Florida. The fear of further restrictions on ammunition and high capacity magazines caused a run on bullets and magazines. Florida already has more concealed weapons permit holders than any other State and legislation is working its way through the House to allow guns on campus. I am all for the Second Amendment and concealed weapons permitting, but the simple fact is many people are going to get arrested simply out of ignorance of the law. More guns in the possession of ordinary people means more arrests for unintentional violations of the law.
Can you carry a gun in your car?
The answer to this is yes, but you have to know the law


You can have a gun in your car if it is securely encased. This means it has to be in a holster with a snap or a container with a lid. If it is concealed under a seat, in a bag or stuck between the seats, it is illegal and constitutes carrying a concealed weapon, particularly if it is within ready reach. You also run afoul of the law if the gun is within reach of a child. Sadly, we constantly hear of children getting their hands on guns and accidently shooting themselves or someone else. The other problem with guns in the car is the temptation to pull it or point it in a road rage situation. I have handled many cases where a driver in anger or fear displays a firearm or in some instances points it. This can get you arrested for aggravated assault with a firearm, a charge that can land you in State prison.
Responsible gun ownership and use is a good thing
You have the right to defend yourself
In Florida we have a stand your ground law and you can lawfully defend yourself. Just because you can legally shoot someone doesn’t mean you should. Shooting someone should be an absolute last resort, and a final act in self defense. You cannot shoot someone for stealing property from your yard or car. You cannot shoot someone running away or fleeing. Firearms laws carry harsh penalties and the Florida “Ten, Twenty, Life” law can result in years in State prison. Domestic Violence situations can get terribly out of hand if alcohol and guns are mixed. Hopefully, you will never need a criminal defense lawyer, but if you do….
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