settlement against Purdue Pharmaceutical will have no impact here in
Florida. Did you know that only one in
nine people addicted to an opiate gets treatment? Here in Sarasota and Bradenton, we are still
seeing people overdosing as a result of opiate addiction die needlessly. In the meantime, companies like Purdue
Pharmaceutical have made billions in obscene profits. This is not just an issue of law enforcement,
it is a health crisis. The Florida
legislature and law enforcement across the state still does not understand that
this is a medical issue, not just a “crime” issue. The real drug dealers are the huge
pharmaceutical companies that started this nightmare.
It was short sighted to simply create a drug database and crack down on the pill mills without dealing with all the people already addicted to the opiates. They simply switched to heroin and now Fentanyl. There are no old drug addicts. The all die. If you have a loved one addicted to an opiate, they need help and intervention. Unless and until the addiction problem is dealt with, law enforcement will never make a dent in the problem. As long as there is demand, someone will provide a supply.
If you got into an argument, and someone called 911, chances are, someone is going to jail. People think that the police will just come out and calm things down. Most of the time however, when the police respond, someone is going to jail. The police are afraid that if they don’t arrest someone, and the argument later turns deadly, they will get sued. Someone is going to jail. Many times it is the wrong person. Men are at a disadvantage, particularly if the responding officer is a woman. Many times the police side with the woman, even if she was the instigator or the real aggressor. As a Sarasota criminal defense attorney, all too often I see a first appearance judge set a high bond, or set release conditions that make it all but impossible for the parties to reconcile. In my opinion, what couples need is help, not another impediment to reuniting.
In March, here in Sarasota, arrests for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription skyrocketed. Most of those arrests were for some sort of prescription medication, in most instances, an opiate. Many normal everyday ordinary people have become addicted to pain killers in one form or another. We are still dealing with the problem created by the big pharmaceutical companies years ago. Some of those companies are now being sued and going into bankruptcy. That does not help the addicts left behind, now being run through the criminal justice system. If you have been arrested in Sarasota on a drug charge, things are not hopeless. You can get help, both legal as well as help in dealing with your addiction.
A conviction for a drug offense can really damage your future employment opportunities. It can result in a loss of your driver’s license. Pill addiction is a medical problem that turns into a legal problem. The answer is not jail, but rather treatment. If you became addicted as a result of a doctor over prescribing, and when your source dried up, you turned to heroin or fentanyl, your real risk is death. There are no old heroin addicts. They either clean up or die.
people get arrested in Sarasota and Manatee County for a violation of probation
than any other reason. The County jail is full of people being held
without bond for a violation of probation. Probation, sometimes is a trap
for the unwary. You may have taken a plea deal to avoid trial or have
simply followed the Public Defender’s advice and set yourself up for failure.
You do not have to commit a new crime to get arrested. If you do not pay your court costs, if you do not pay the fees for supervision imposed by the Court, if you do not pay restitution or if you simply miss an appointment with your probation officer a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Simply not having money to pay can get you arrested and thrown back in jail. Our Sarasota and Bradenton criminal defense firm has been defending probation violations for years. Do not wait to be arrested. If you have a problem with your probation officer, call today and we may be able to work it out before you are picked up for a violation.
New Crime Violations.
If you get arrested on a new charge while you are on probation, your probation officer will have you rearrested for a probation violation and you will sit in jail waiting for a hearing. The new offense may be incredibly minor but if it occurred while you were on supervision, you have huge problem. We may be able to convince the judge to release you while you wait for a probation violation hearing. Any conviction for a new offense violates your probation and subjects you to time in either County jail or State prison. Your sentencing guidelines may have been computed incorrectly or you simply may have not committed the new crime or violation. Do not wait until your hearing. Call us now for a free consultation.
Sex Offender Probation
A violation of sex
offender probation can land you in State prison. Often, electronic
monitors malfunction and register a false report. Often, a probation
officer fails to write down the details of your request or report to him.
Often the officer is simply out to get you and is searching for any reason to
violate you. You may have missed a deadline or appointment or forgotten
to call in or come in past curfew. You may have been forced to move
suddenly and not had time to report the new address. The probation
officers generally are not there to help you and some simply look for some
excuse to violate you put you back in jail. A violation must be willful
and substantial and we can many times convince the Court that your situation
was accidental or unintentional. If a loved one is in jail or if you have
been arrested on a violation of probation call today.
Our Sarasota office is on Ringling across from the jail, next to the Courthouse and steps from the probation office. Call today at 941-366-3506