According to the Miami Herald, the Florida Senate committee passed a bill that will ease the strain on drug crime sentences. This bill made it possible for drug offenders to go to rehabilitation centers after serving only half of their sentences. The Senate staff said that the bill was an initiative to have more and more first and second time drug offenders moved out of jails and prisons and into rehabilitation centers where they can become productive members of society again.
Jacksonville drug crimes can range from distributing illegal substances like marijuana to simple possession. However, the crime’s punishments can be harsh. If one is facing a drug charge, one should have an experienced Jacksonville drug crimes lawyer to represent, defend, and ensure their rights and options are known and protected.Drugs can seem like an easy escape from reality, but the reality you face as a drug offender can be something that no high can shake you from. When one is arrested as a drug offender, it may seem as though the walls are closing in, and for some, they only see bars in their near future. However, if one is arrested for a drug crime in Jacksonville, one has options. One of these options is a straight plea.
A straight plea is a mercy of the court plea. In other words, rather than taking a plea bargain from the charging party, typically the State Attorney’s office, one’s attorney pleas directly to the Judge for a hopefully lighter sentence. This option is particularly useful if the drug charge faced is the first or second charge that person has been charged with.
The person charged does take a risk, however. When one uses a straight plea option, one opens up all of the time limits for that charge. In other words, someone who pleas straight to the court could be facing anywhere between the minimum and maximum sentences of that charge. But, if one has an experienced Jacksonville drug crimes lawyer at their side, one stands a major chance of getting a much lighter punishment, such as probation, than the State Attorney’s Office would offer.
The only logical choice in this situation is to fight. One needs a knowledgeable and experienced Jacksonville drug crimes lawyer to fight for their case. Don’t allow your life to be ruined by a drug charge. Defend yourself.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Senate panel aids prison offenders, by Steve Bousquet, The Miami Herald