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What to do if your child has been arrested

No parent wants to receive that dreaded phone call from the police informing them that their child has been arrested. It seems like the end of the world. Moreover, you may conclude that your child has ruined their life, and that all of your hard work in raising them has been for naught.

So cry, get angry, vent. That’s normal. However, after you have collected yourself, there are some definite things you can do to help your child and work toward a positive outcome of what is, admittedly, an unpleasant situation for everyone. What can you do?

Former Florida State Park Director facing DUI

The former Florida State Park Director is keeping a rapid pace. Lisa Edgar resigned her job as head of the state’s park service less than two months after taking the position, and now, less than two months after her resignation, has found herself charged with drinking and driving.

The former director also served as a Public Service Commission member and deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She is charged with DUI and property damage after her recent arrest far north of Fort Myers in Leon County.

Florida marijuana laws explained

Florida voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana on November 8, 2016. Since then, many Florida residents have had questions about the law. Many misconceptions exist about the limitations and regulations associated with marijuana use. It is important to realize that any recreational use of marijuana remains illegal. Here is a guide to the new medical marijuana law and criminal offenses that still exist.

It's a wrap: Rapper charged with DUI, marijuana possession

He is just 21 years old, but has already been signed to a major label recording deal, been dropped by the label, formed his own record company, retired and unretired. Now rapper Chief Keef is focusing on legal troubles that include a recent arrest for driving under the influence of so-called "sizzurp," a mix of codeine cough syrup and soda.

Chief Keef (his real name is Keith Cozart) was taken into custody after a Miami Beach police officer claimed to find him in possession of "a cup filled with a syrupy liquid known as sizzurp, which is also known as ‘lean’ or ‘purple drank,' " the cop wrote in the arrest report.

Drug-trafficking fueling boom in Florida money-laundering?

It is said to be Florida's fastest growing suburb, adding residents to its sun-soaked streets faster than any other in the state. Just a two-hour drive southeast of Fort Myers, the booming town of Doral is known for growth, warmth and a bustling money-laundering industry fueled by illicit gains from the drug trade, a recent article in USA Today states.

According to law enforcement officials, the money moving through the town is generated by drug trafficking operations across Florida and the nation. 

Florida teacher facing student sex charges

You might have seen the image as it went viral a few days ago: a high school teacher with a big smile on her face, looking into the camera taking her mugshot. The anatomy and physiology teacher had been arrested on allegations that she had sex with a 17-year-old student.

While many found her ear-to-ear grin inappropriate, the reaction of a Florida teacher to similar charges might well be more damaging. The art teacher reportedly confessed to police that she had engaged in sex with a 17-year-old male student. Such an admission is an invaluable asset for a prosecutor.

Sentenced to probation? You're not off the hook

Avoiding jail time for a criminal conviction is a top priority for any person facing charges, and receiving probation can be a great relief. However, you should not make the mistake of thinking that you are out of the woods if you are sentenced to probation in lieu of incarceration.

While you may not be behind bars on probation, you are still required to comply with strict court orders regarding what you can and cannot do. For instance, you might be required to take drug tests, stay employed, and you could be prohibited from associating with certain people. Should you violate any condition of probation, you could wind up in serious trouble.

Three-year investigation results in federal drug charges

A three-year federal investigation ran the length of America's eastern seaboard: from Florida up through Massachusetts and into Maine. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston, the extensive probe resulted in the arrests of 10 men (including two Florida residents) on charges of conducting large-scale trafficking of heroin, oxycodone and fentanyl.

The men also face money laundering charges, prosecutors said.

Pranks that will get you thrown in jail

April Fools is the official day to pull a prank, but the occasion for a good practical joke seems to be any time for teens and college students. What initially seemed like fun or a harmless bit of silliness can land the perpetrators in the back of a squad car.

 

It's understood that the many forms of bullying, either in person or online, can land a misguided youth in hot water, but there are other misguided behaviors that can also lead to charges.

White collar case involves Florida bank

We read recently of a case that has a classic good news/bad news component to it. The good news is that felony and misdemeanor charges were dropped against a man. The bad news is that the charges were dropped because he has been sentenced to five years and five months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

The case in question extends all the way from Florida to Minnesota. The bank is in Florida, while the man is in Minnesota.

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