A 37-year-old former Florida school teacher was recently found guilty by a jury in a case that involved multiple charges related to possession and selling of drugs to students at the middle school where she worked. Reportedly, she could be sentenced to as many as 35 years in prison for various drug crimes. According to court documents, investigations into the alleged crimes commenced in Dec. 2017.
The arrest report indicates that the middle school teacher drove students off campus to smoke the marijuana she had sold to them earlier. The sheriff’s office reports that a student turned informant helped law enforcement in the investigation. Reportedly, the teacher sold Xanax and marijuana to the student, who paid her $20.
Police intercepted the teacher’s vehicle as she drove the student off campus. Officers claim they found two Xanax pills and a quantity of synthetic marijuana in a subsequent search of the teacher’s car. This discovery led to the teacher’s arrest. Further reports indicate that she posted a bond in March 2018, and she had been free since then. A jury found her guilty on multiple charges, including possession of drugs, selling within 1,000 feet of a school, and also contributing to delinquency of a minor.
Even though the jury has found the Florida middle school teacher guilty, there is still a lot that an experienced criminal defense attorney can do. With the upcoming sentencing hearing, which is set for October, legal counsel with experience in dealing with drug crimes can work on mitigating circumstances to present to the court. Even after the guilty verdict, an attorney can continue to work toward the best possible outcome for the client.