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September 2012 Archives

To Prescribe or Not - That is the Question for Florida Doctors

Recently in Florida, more than 50 doctors have been arrested for allegedly prescribing or dispensing unnecessary drugs to their patients. This crackdown was inspirited in part by the fact that seven fatalities have recently been reported stemming from prescription drug overdose.

White Collar Criminal Code Nuance Is Truly Tricky

In Florida, officials claim that individuals have become creative with the various illegal behaviors that they are engaging in for personal gain. This creativity may be evidence of smart individuals purposefully engaging in criminal activity, or it may be evidence of individuals who believe that they are conforming to the law as long as they skirt the edges of it. Unfortunately, should individuals be charged criminally for behavior they believed was legal, they still may suffer severe consequences.

A Case Law Roundup

In this blog article we address some of the major case law developments of recent weeks. We hope this offers assistance to any reader that has any of these issues.

Beware: Feds Enthusiastically Cracking Down on Synthetic Drugs

The last several years have played witnessed to a growing popularity in the use of synthetic drugs. These drugs, which are designed to mimic the chemical effects of cocaine, LSD, methamphetamines, and other hallucinogenic stimulants are sold under street names like "plant food" and "bath salts." A recent crackdown on synthetic drugs, however, may be the first of many federal initiatives designed to put an end to their brief but influential reign here in the U.S.

Controversial Sex Offense Punishment Drawing Criticism

Across Florida and throughout America, law enforcement is cracking down hard on those they suspect may be engaging in Internet sex crimes, especially those involving children. These suspects, even if they are innocent, are often treated similarly to those who have been convicted of the most serious criminal allegations imaginable. This vilification of sex crimes suspects is not unique to American cases.

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