Facing a criminal charge in Florida is a very serious situation. But along with a strong defense from an experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer, “mitigating factors” related to the crime can reduce the fines, jail time, and other penalties levied by the state during the criminal sentencing phase.
In Florida, some crimes are considered to be an “aggravated” offense. This classification depends entirely on the specific circumstances of the situation. In this blog, The Law Offices of Salnick & Fuchs, P.A. will explain the basics of what aggravated offenses are, and give some examples to help you understand what situations may result in being charged with an aggravated offense.
In November 2016, Florida legalized medical marijuana with Amendment 2. If you are a qualified patient, it is legal to purchase and use marijuana purchased from a licensed medical marijuana treatment center.
While medical marijuana is allowed in Florida, recreational marijuana use is still disallowed, and anyone possessing marijuana without a medical card can face stiff monetary penalties and jail time. And, in some cases, marijuana possession in Florida can even result in a felony charge, which can result in serious consequences.
Marijuana reform advocates may have previously been marginalized in Florida, but their dedication to the decriminalization of the drug is steadily impacting enforcement on local levels.
In an old Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song, David Crosby sings: “it increases my paranoia, like looking at my mirror and seeing a police car.” Even if you are not a rock star with a very public history of substance abuse issues, an unanticipated interaction with a law enforcement official can be a stressful and potentially damaging experience as far as your finances and career are concerned.
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As with most crimes, drug charges have significant consequences that can affect an individual long-term in almost every aspect of life. Florida law provides harsh penalties for drug charges, but often the consequences of these charges extend far beyond the punishment imposed by the court. If you are charged with a drug crime, there are ramifications even if you avoid the legal consequences associated with a conviction.
Mandatory sentencing guidelines tell a judge how to sentence a particular case. Here is a brief overview of the penalties you can expect for a drug conviction in Florida.
Some Florida cases qualify for drug court, a rehabilitation-focused alternative to the standard punishment.
Driving in Florida is a privilege that can be lost. When our clients are arrested for driving under the influence in West Palm Beach, or DUI, they face serious penalties ranging from a temporary vehicle impoundment and community service, to much harsher consequences like permanent license revocation and mandatory prison time.
In this blog post, we will discuss what COVID-19 means for criminal cases in West Palm Beach and what you can expect in the coming months.
Salnick & Fuchs, P.A. is working with inmates and their families to secure a potential early release from prison in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A sexual assault conviction carries not only potential imprisonment but substantial, rippling reputational effects.
The Law Firm of Salnick & Fuchs, P.A. is doing everything necessary to comply with all directives as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
While proponents of recreational marijuana use fought to put legalization on the ballot in 2020, Floridians will have to wait until at least 2022 to decide whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
Welfare fraud - criminal activities involving the illegal receipt of government assistance or benefits - is a heavily prosecuted crime in Florida. But, what, exactly, does this mean? What constitutes a valid charge for welfare fraud?
Trying to find a walk-in pain clinic or a doctor who will increase or extend the prescription is often a medical necessity, not a crime. When facing aggressive prosecution for pain medication, you need an experienced drug attorney on your side. Contact the Florida Criminal Defense Firm of Salnick & Fuchs, P.A. today to speak with a prescription drug attorney.
Are you imagining about your first appearance in front of a judge in Florida? It can definitely be a terrifying experience. No matter the charge or the ultimate reason for setting foot in front of the bar, seeing the wooden bench and a judge at the top wearing a black robe will likely be one of the more traumatizing moments of your life. So, what should you expect?
A Florida DUI conviction can have a serious impact on your life and the lives of your family members. You may be facing large fines, legal fees, the loss of your license and possible time in jail. Fortunately, there is one option that can help you avoid a DUI conviction if you are a first time DUI offender.
Not only do drunk driving victims experience life changing consequences, but a DUI conviction in Florida can have devastating impact on the lives of defendants and their families. They may face massive fines, the loss of their license and even jail time. If you have been charged with a DUI in Florida, A Florida DUI attorney can look at your case and develop defenses to protect your freedom and your family’s future.
The legalization of medical marijuana has opened questions about the permitted use of certain types of drug paraphernalia, which is prohibited by Florida law. The question is whether medical marijuana users and those on the Compassionate Use Registry may use prohibited marijuana paraphernalia to ingest, smoke, or vape their cannabis medication.
In Florida, the term “theft” covers a broad swath of property-related crimes. However, not all theft crimes are created equal – and the law treats theft itself as separate and distinct from related crimes like burglary and robbery.
Individuals who are caught in possession of edible marijuana may be arrested and face serious penalties. In this blog post, we explore edibles and the criminal charges associated with their unauthorized use.
The State of Florida aggressively prosecutes individuals charged with drug crimes. As such, it is important to understand how the state schedules, charges and punishes drug-related crimes.
Patient brokers, or patient marketers, actively recruit patients and direct them to particular treatment facilities in exchange for a fee or some type of compensation. In this post, we will take a closer look at patient brokering: what it is and what our state’s law says about it.
While the process is relatively straight forward, the benefit of a medical marijuana card is only available to patients suffering from a qualifying medical condition. In this post, we take a closer look at how to apply for a medical marijuana card in Florida.
If I have a medical marijuana card, can I violate my probation if I test positive for THC?