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Corrections officer faces drug charges

Law enforcement in Orlando keeps a close eye on potential legal violations with drugs. This can occur as part of an investigation into high-level sales and low-level drug possession and use. It runs the gamut in the types of drugs that can lead to an arrest. This includes legal prescription medications, drugs that are not considered that serious like marijuana, and all the way to cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Regardless of the alleged drug crimes, those who are placed under arrest must make certain to understand what they are facing and take steps to formulate a strong defense.

A corrections officer in Lake County was arrested and has been charged with purchasing marijuana. The arrest was made after the man's vehicle was stopped at approximately 8:30 p.m. The officers who made the stop received a tip that the man was purchasing the drug. When they checked his vehicle, they found that he had a jar with what they believed was marijuana. They did a test and found that it was marijuana. The man, a corrections officer for more than a decade, was charged with buying the drug. He has been suspended from work with the pending loss of his job.

While marijuana is being legalized in some states and there is an ongoing debate as to its danger and the viability of prosecuting crimes related to it, it must be remembered that Florida still treats it as an illegal drug and acts accordingly. Being arrested on drug possession charges related to marijuana still has serious consequences such as jail, fines and other punishments. There might be a reasonable explanation or the person might have made a mistake. Formulating a strong defense can avoid the harshest penalties both in and out of court and help a person get on with his or her life.

In this case, it is not just a matter of a man being arrested for possessing marijuana. He is a corrections officer and could lose his job due to this arrest. For him, a legal defense goes beyond the criminal charges and expands to a loss of employment and uncertain future. Because of all that he faces, he must discuss the matter with an attorney immediately.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Lake County corrections officer arrested on charge of buying marijuana," Isabelle D'Antonio, May 18, 2017

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