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Category Archives: Drug Crime


Procedural, Substantive, And Affirmative Defenses In Drug Possession Matters

By OA Law Firm |

According to many people today, including many Hillsborough County jurors, drug possession is a health and safety issue as opposed to a criminal law issue. However, law enforcement doesn’t feel the same way. About 80 percent of drug arrests are for simple possession. These arrests feed the beast. Drug possession cases keep police officers… Read More »

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The Three Ps Of Drug Possession

By OA Law Firm |

In the late 1980s, mostly in response to the drug overdose death of college basketball standout Len Bias, lawmakers approved a slew of harsh anti-drug laws. Extremely aggressive enforcement of these laws continued until the late 2000s. At that time, lawmakers began rolling back some of the harsh laws. Moreover, former President Barack Obama… Read More »

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Search And Seizure Issues In Prescription Drug Possession Cases In Court

By OA Law Firm |

If you thought the War on Drugs was over, think again. This campaign is still going strong. The number of arrests has risen steadily since the 1990s, and about 80 percent of them are for simple possession. Although police are very aggressive in making arrests, as outlined below, these charges often don’s hold up… Read More »

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The Three Ps Of Drug Possession Charges In Florida

By OA Law Firm |

If you thought the War on Drugs was over, think again. True, the harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences which lawmakers approved in the 1980s are largely gone. But Florida peace officers still make tens of thousands of drug arrests every year. 80 percent of them are for simple possession. In most cases, it is… Read More »

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Most Common Search Warrant Exceptions

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A bedrock principle of American law is that police officers must have a search warrant, or probable cause, before they seize contraband of any kind. Usually, peace officers only obtain search warrants in large, multi-agency investigations, like probes of drug trafficking rings. In everyday cases, most prosecutors use the probable cause loophole. The Supreme… Read More »

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The Three Ps Of A Drug Possession Case

By OA Law Firm |

Large drug seizure cases often dominate the headlines, but simple drug possession cases usually dominate court dockets in Hillsborough County and nearby jurisdictions. This approach might be a little behind the times. Especially in the post-opioid crisis era, many jurors view drug possession matters as health and safety issues as opposed to criminal law… Read More »

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Three Most Common Search Warrant Exceptions in Drug Possession Cases

By OA Law Firm |

If you think the War on Drugs is over, think again. Drug possession arrests have increased significantly since 2015. Simple possession accounts for almost 90 percent of the drug arrests in Florida. Typically, things happen so fast in these cases that police officers do not have search warrants. So, prosecutors must rely on a… Read More »

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The Three Ps of a Drug Possession Charge

By OA Law Firm |

The War on Drugs perhaps saw its most surreal moment when Elvis met Nixon in the White House in December 1970. The King asked Nixon to make him an undercover marshal, because according to a letter he gave the President, Elvis had “done an in-depth study of drug abuse and Communist brainwashing techniques.” We… Read More »

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