Florida Drug Laws Ruled Unconstitutional

July 29, 2011

On July 28,2011, Federal Judge Mary Scriven of the Middle District of Florida ruled, in the case of Shelton v. Florida Department of Corrections, that all Florida state laws prohibiting the sale use and/or possession of illegal drugs per Florida Statute 893 are unconstitutional. Crimes are classified in two basic categories: “general” intent and “specific” […]

“Protective Sweeps” – Beware the Search in Disguise

November 29, 2010

Recently, one of my clients called me after she had been arrested for possession of a controlled substance which was discovered in her house by police officers who gained entry and subsequently searched her home under the guise of conducting a “protective sweep”. A “protective sweep” is narrowly defined as a cursory search of a […]