Broward Prosecutors Say Spice Use Violates Probation

Jacksonville’s youth and adults have addictions. Some can be as simple as TV shows or SportsCenter. However, when that addiction causes problems with one being able to function in normal society or even private life, it causes one’s life to flip upside down. Much worse is the effects on one’s life when the addiction becomes a charge in the legal system. However, if one obtains an experienced attorney to fight the case, one will have the best defense possible and can be sure that one can get the treatment one needs to move on and have a better drug free life.

According to the Sun Sentinel, Jimmy Hewitt is one of the first Broward County, Florida citizens to be arrested for violation of probation for use of synthetic marijuana, commonly known as Spice. Hewitt told authorities that he thought because Spice can be bought legally in gas stations and convenience stores, that use of the mind-altering drug would not violate his probation. However, authorities disagree. imagesspice.jpg

Jacksonville drug crimes, particular cases involving juveniles, are cases of peer pressure. Most cases of drug use by minors involve their drug use starting out with occasional marijuana use. However, this casual use springs into a full-fledged addiction for many of Florida’s adolescents. These addictions have some of the worst affects, particularly when their original drug of choice does not do the trick anymore.

Synthetic Marijuana, also known as K2, Serenity Now, Spice, Red Magic, Black Mamba, Mr. Sticky and other names, is typically sold over the counter in incense form. The packaging of this substance is labeled “Not for human consumption”, however, as most know, teenagers do not always follow warning labels. This substance causes hallucinations, increased anxiety, and according to some doctors, psychosis.

This substance was added to the list of controlled substances last year, as its affects over a long period of time can cause major damage to the heart, liver, and other areas of the body. The State is attempting to crack down on the mass use of this drug before it becomes as wide spread as other common drugs such as marijuana or cocaine.

In this case, Hewitt was also charged with violation of his probation for smoking the substance. However, Hewitt did not know that his conduct was illegal. An experienced drug crimes defense attorney could argue that because of his lack of knowledge, the Court should consider his probation not violated.

If one or one’s loved one has been accused of partaking in this illegal substance, one should obtain an experienced Jacksonville drug crimes attorney to fight for one’s case. One is already suffering from the harmful effects of an addiction; one should not suffer at the hands of the legal system as well. An experienced attorney can bring to light one’s struggle with addiction. One needs a help up, not a lock down.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source:Designer drugs, probation don’t mix, Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel