Florida Drug Classification Guide and Penalties

Drugs, chemicals and other substances that are used to manufacture drugs are classified into 5 categories under federal and Florida laws. The Florida drug classification guide is based on the federal classification guide. The drugs that are listed are placed in these classifications based on their acceptable medical use and potential for abuse as well as their addictive or dependency qualities. The most dangerous or abused drugs are in Schedule 1 and then in descending order to Schedule V, which have the least potential for abuse or addiction. Florida is a state with severe drug penalties and...

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What to do During a DUI Stop – Part 3

This is Part 3 of our “What To Do During a DUI Stop” series. To read this series from the beginning, please CLICK HERE. Hopefully you are keeping your mouth shut on the way to the jail. Being in the back of a patrol car, handcuffed, may seem like the perfect time to beg for forgiveness, try and talk yourself out of trouble, or otherwise explain your actions. It is not. Depending on what county you are arrested in you can expect the following things to happen, but locale may determine what the order of occurrence is. An officer is going to read you an Implied Consent warning. You...

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What To Do During a DUI Stop – Part 2

This is Part 2 of our “What To Do During a DUI Stop” series. If you haven’t read Part 1 of this series, CLICK HERE. “Please step out of the car, sir,” is a phrase that a driver should understand as “You are going to jail.” Any time an officer suspects that a driver may be impaired by alcohol, illegal drugs, legal drugs or anything else, once the officer asks a driver to step out of the car, the driver needs to be prepared to go to jail, and give that officer as little evidence as possible that the driver is impaired. If the driver’s hand touches...

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What To Do During A DUI Stop – Part 1

If you are driving and you may have been out enjoying, and you notice the blue and red lights of a friendly police car behind you, what should you do? First, pull over as soon as possible. Park in a legal parking spot. Ideally this will be in a well lit and level parking lot. Have your license, registration and insurance card ready to hand to the officer. In almost all DUI reports the officer will state that the Defendant fumbled with their paperwork, or was unable to locate the documents in a timely fashion. One of the things that most people do not realize is that an officer is under...

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