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In requesting or receiving legal advice from our law office, we go to great lengths to preserve the privileged nature of all confidential communications.
Possession, sales and consumption of drugs is illegal in Florida and can be a misdemeanor or felony depending on certain points. Drugs are not only consumed but are sold and smuggled to various countries and so drug laws of Florida are made stiff to curb illegal activities associated with drugs. Since Oxycodone drug is mostly used for legitimate reason as a pain killer. But possession and trafficking of oxycodone is a crime and has serious ramifications. Any individual caught possessing, selling and distributing oxycodone even in small quantities is charged of the felon of first degree. Not just the oxycodone but even if you are carrying some substance with more than 4gms oxycodone in it, you are charged of felony and so will have to face serious consequences.
The conviction of oxycodone possession can be sentenced up to 30 years of imprisonment depending on the quantity being possessed. If the person caught possessed more than 4gms and less than 14gms of oxycodone, he shall be sentenced to a long term imprisonment of more than 3yrs and monetary fines up to $50000. Quantity between 14 – 28gms can result in mandatory term of 15 years of imprisonment accompanied with heavy monetary fine up to $100000. The quantity exceeding 28gms will have more serious punishments. It will be a felony and can result in 25 years of imprisonment with fine of $500,000. The same laws are applied for its sale too. The drug’s quantity is measured and consequently criminal conviction is charged. Oxycodone is used in medicines with legal substances but even then you might be convicted of oxycodone trafficking penalties based on the weight of oxycodone in the pills. So the chance of committing this crime unknowingly and unintentionally is more as compared to other illegal drugs.
The only way to defend and get you out of the conviction is to contact an attorney immediately. The crime against you is proved by producing the seized amount of the drug before the court. But even obtaining the drug from the suspect should be done according to the legal laws. Our attorney will work out the loop holes in the process of seizing the drug from you and will protect your rights. Our lawyer will work on proving that the drug was obtained through legal process and prescription. The Gainesville law office is always at your disposal to help you out of this crucial situation and will get you free from the conviction.
Cocaine is considered to be the most dangerous drug. The consumption of cocaine is hazardous for body as well as society. Possession and sales of cocaine is illegal in Florida and hence it is a crime to possess cocaine in any form. The smuggling of cocaine is also a common illegal activity among those who want to make easy and fast money and are also associated with other criminal activities. That is why, the punishment and penalties for possession, transport and sales of cocaine is severe to snub these illegal activities.
Cocaine is extracted from coca plant found in high mountains. Chewing coca leaves was once a common practice in mountainous regions of America, but now refined and purified coca has become a highly addictive and harmful drug. It is sod and smuggled to the countries around the globe.
If you are caught with cocaine even in smallest quantity, you will be charged of committing a crime. Possession of cocaine can be a misdemeanor or felony according to the drug type, quantity and geographical area. Simple possession of cocaine without any intention of selling it is a misdemeanor. If you are found carrying less than 25gms of cocaine, you can be sentenced 14 months of imprisonment. But possession of more than 25gms cocaine can result in 65 months imprisonment. Carrying cocaine in any form is a crime. Crack cocaine found in smallest quantities can lead to harsh penalties and severe punishment. First time cocaine possession offense has lenient punishment. But repeated offense can be considered a felony. Possession of cocaine results in imprisonment, monetary fines and severe penalties.
Cocaine is a Class A drug and its sale and distribution is a serious crime in Florida. It is illegal to sell or distribute cocaine in any form in the country or supplying it outside the country. The penalties for cocaine trafficking in Florida differ according to the amount and the type of drug. Selling, distributing and trafficking cocaine is a felony in Florida and so has harsh punishments like 3 years jail and heavy monetary fines up to $25000.
The mandatory sentences have made drug laws more severe. Taking services of an experienced attorney becomes essential to defend yourself from the drug charges. Our lawyers at Gainesville will defend your case and protect your legal rights.
Most of the DUI and other misdemeanor charges in Florida result in probation over imprisonment. But probation period is not that simple and easy as your normal life. You have to follow stiff terms and conditions and any violation of these terms lead to severe punishments and penalties. The restrictions on probation include:
These terms are to be endured strictly. If you fail to do so, it is called violation of probation. There are many ways in which the probation is violated. But mostly the violation of probation is unintentional.
Probation violation is classified into two kinds:
Failing a drug test during probation is the commonest form of violation of probation. This again is unintentional violation. According to the laws of Florida, if your blood alcohol count exceeds 0.8%, you are considered to be intoxicated and drunk. But nobody knows after how much intake of alcohol, his blood count exceeds the set limit. You might feel totally normal and non-intoxicated by consuming little amount of alcohol but when the BAC report comes, it is entirely shocking. And hence you are caught for violating your probation. The consequences are as harsh as they are for any violation. Your probation period is extended, heavy monetary fines are imposed and sometimes you can even be sent to a jail.
Our potential and skilled criminal defense attorney can help you in your plight of being convicted of probation violation. We are one of the most rusted law firm and we have a successful history of won cases. Our clients are our top priority and we give our best to each and every client individually.
DUI charges in Florida can lead to severe punishments and serious consequences. Depending on the intensity of your crime, you can be sentenced a long imprisonment. But imprisonment can be avoided through probation. Probation also known as community supervision is a form of punishment provided to those who are ready to follow the set probation terms of court in lieu of imprisonment.
Well! The terms of DUI probation depends on the nature of your crime. But you are advised to have regular sittings with your probation officer and regular payments of fines till the completion of your community supervision. Conditions of DUI probation include driving license suspension during probation period, monetary fines payable to court and DMV, mandatory counseling classes etc. You may be allowed to live you normal life like going for work or educational institutions but there will be some restrictions which will follow you where ever you go. The probation period has strict rules to follow.
However, these restrictions and terms get violated easily and unintentionally. The probation is violated in two ways:
1.) If you violate one of the terms of probation, it is called a technical probation violation.
2.) If you happen to commit another crime within probation period, it is called substantive probation violation.
Violation of probation in any of the above two mentioned forms can have severe ramifications in Florida like extension of probation period, long imprisonment, imprisonment and could have more severe consequences. If you too have violated your probation, then the first thing you should do is contacting a criminal defense lawyer/attorney to prevent you from being taken to jail. An attorney will request the court for granting some time to comply with your probation and can also get allegations of violation dismissed.
Violation of probation is considered as a separate crime and thus it also leads to additional penalties besides extension of probation. Hiring our professional criminal defense attorney can save you from the severe penalties. He will employ his defense strategies to get you free from the violation charges. Our experienced attorney can get you violation charges dismissed and also restore your probation and get you free from the severe punishments. You require a very strong and well experienced lawyer to defend your case because the court will be very strict this time for violating its trust on you. You will get the best attorney in Gainesville, Florida who will defend your case with an assurance of favorable results.
Driving under Influence (DUI) arrests are common in Florida. According to the study of the Century Council done in 2009, around 53000 men, women and minors were convicted of DUI. Many of these DUI’s were felony causing serious injuries and even death. To reduce this high rate of DUI, Legislature of Florida has made strict laws and punishments for a deterrent effect. A DUI charge results in severe punishments and harsh penalties like driving license suspension, monetary fines and imprisonment.
You can be charged of DUI in Florida if you are found driving a vehicle in drunken state. You can be charged of DUI under statute 316.193 in Florida. But before final conviction, you undergo so many tests like blood test, Urine test and breathalyzer test. But it is always advisable to start being defensive from the beginning to avoid conviction.
The first three DUI charges will be considered a misdemeanor and so will not have harsh penalties. But these DUI charges will appear on your driving license and can put you in difficult situations. It will be like a black spot on your image. But if you are charged of a DUI three times or more than three times within 10 years, it will be a third degree felony. It will come with some severe punishments and can have worst consequences. It can affect your candidature for any employment, loan, housing and lifetime suspension of driving license. The penalties for a third degree felony include heavy monetary fines more than $4000 and more than 9 months imprisonment.
Taking help of criminal defense attorney can save you from the harsh penalties and lifelong consequences of DUI. The Law office of Travis P. Grant is a renowned name in Florida in the field of criminal defense. The long list of successful DUI defense cases speaks for itself. Not all DUI charges result in conviction if you take right defensive measures. At Gainesville, we take care of our each and every client individually and study every detail of it to find out the loop holes of your case. If work on the defensive points in your favor and try that you not get convicted. If you are already convicted, our professional and skilled attorney tries to negotiate the case so that you face fewer penalties. So if you are facing a third degree felony in Florida, you now know whom you need to contact.
A personal loan agreement or promissory note must clearly define the loan amount, terms of repayment or repayment schedule and additional charges such as interest or late payment fees.
The best outcome of a loan agreement is the timely payments according to the schedule without the lender having to foreclose, hand over for collection or sell property held as security to effect payment.
The lender and borrower must discuss and negotiate the terms of repayment which should be affordable to the borrower and satisfy the requirements of the lender to have the money repaid within a certain time.
Take a look at how repayment can be structured (further down on this page), the advantages and disadvantages and cost implications. This can assist you in deciding which legal form would be best suitable for your needs.
Warnings aside, there are times when you may be asked to loan money to someone you know for any number of reasons. These can include:
If you are going to lend money to someone you know, you might as well increase your chances for success. Here’s how:
1. Set a fair interest rate. This can work in your favor, as well as the borrower’s. The interest rate you charge can still be competitive with the rate your borrower can get from a traditional lender, but high enough that you make more money than you would if you parked your money in a safer bank account. If your borrower balks at being charged interest, you might want to blame it on the IRS. That’s because if you give person more than $12,000 in a year, it will likely be treated as a gift and subject to gift tax. To avoid this potential complication on a larger loan, you must charge an interest rate that is at least as high as the IRS’ Applicable Federal Rate, which is set monthly.
2. Get your agreement in writing. If you think it is “uncomfortable” to insist on a written loan agreement, think about how uncomfortable you will be trying to collect if your borrower falls behind. If you have to, blame it on your spouse, accountant, or someone else who “insists you get it in writing.” You can find a sample promissory note online or in a legal forms book, or if the amount is large enough, you can ask an attorney to draft it for you. Spell out the terms, including how much is being borrowed, the interest rate, late payments and when they will be assessed, and how/where payments will be made.
3. Set up a formal payment arrangement. Let’s face it: it will be easier for your borrower to make a late payment to you than to his or her other creditors. And I doubt you want to become a debt collector. So include in your agreement the details of when payments are due, late fees that will be charged, and how you want payments to be made (by check or PayPal, for example). I don’t recommend you accept cash. I do recommend that you set up a copy of any checks or money orders in a file in case there is a disagreement about payments that were made later. Go a step further to arrange automatic deductions from the borrower’s bank account to yours, and you won’t have to worry about whether the check is in the mail.
JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE
The Florida law is a self-defense, self-protection law. It has four key components:
Florida’s law, like countless others from legislative sausage grinders, could have been better drafted. It unquestionably will be challenged in court, over and over again, by those who abhor even the concept of applied individual self-defense or by legal gadflies with nothing better to do with their time.
It is a tough law — on those with criminal intent. As is often the case, its ultimate goal is as much to deter as to be used. Whether it ever results in much change remains to be seen. But by removing ambiguities regarding legal responses to imminent threats to life and property and removing an obligation to retreat, the law attempts to rebalance justice on behalf of innocent, law-abiding Floridians, as well as the state’s numerous law-abiding visitors, specifically included. Whether those visitors are comforted or frightened by the law should be based on accurately understanding it, not blatant attempts by a faltering advocacy group to harm Florida tourism.
Read below for the official language of the law:
776.013 Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.—
(1) A person is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if:
(2) The presumption set forth in subsection (1) does not apply if:
(5) As used in this section, the term: