Why are there so many drug arrests in Sarasota?
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.
For starters, if you bond out, you have to address the addiction immediately. If you get rearrested using again, your bond will be revoked. You have to stop using. I know that is tough, but the choice is jail. As a criminal defense attorney here in Sarasota, I can help you work your way through this problem. You may be eligible for drug Court. Most people will not admit they are an addict. That is the nature of addiction. If you are reading this as a mother, father or spouse of an addict, you know what I mean.
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.