Switch to ADA Accessible Theme
Close Menu

Category Archives: Drug Crimes

CrimDef13

Confidential Informants: How to Be One, and What to Do If One Testifies Against You

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Confidential informants add exciting twists to movies about crime and criminal investigations; depending on whether the story is told from the point of view of a defendant or a prosecutor, informants are either low down, rotten snitches or underdog heroes.  Police often rely on tips from confidential informants in drug trafficking investigations, and sometimes… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
GavelTrial

Pink Cocaine, a Miami Original That Is Less Original Than It Sounds

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

In the 1980s, Miami Vice granted a pop culture mystique to several aspects of Miami’s aesthetic that never would have been cool in the 1970s.  It wasn’t the obvious things, though, not the cops or the cocaine.  Police-themed shows have represented an astonishingly large percentage of programming throughout the television era, and cocaine was… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
DrugArrest2

Charged With A Drug Crime?

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Schedule I controlled substances are the most illegal of illegal drugs.  They do not have any legally approved medical uses, and it is illegal to possess them under any circumstances.  By contrast, the drugs on the other four schedules have at least one legally acknowledged medical application.  In other words, what the drugs on… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Gavel_Cuffs

Floridian’s Guide to Quaaludes

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Like so many once prevalent pharmaceutical drugs, methaqualone is now a Schedule I controlled substance.  It was once popular with doctors to prescribe as a sleeping pill.  The problem is that it was a little too popular with patients.  If you think Ambien makes you behave out of character, you should see how the… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Marijuana3

Federal Agency Says It’s High Time Federal Law Rescheduled Cannabis

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

It is a piece of news that cannabis aficionados across the United States have been hoping to hear for a long time.  Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent a memo to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in which it recommended removing cannabis from the list of Schedule I controlled… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
PoliceStop

What Not to Do at a Traffic Stop: Tales of Florida Man

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Anger and fear are normal responses when a police officer pulls you over while you are driving and seems sure that you have drugs in your car, even though nothing about your driving behavior indicates that you are under the influence of drugs, and even though no drugs are visible in your car.  Police… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
GavelCuffs2

All About Carfentanil, an Extremely Potent Synthetic Opioid

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Clickbait is no longer a new tactic in sensational journalism, and people scroll right past headlines that include phrases like “jaw dropping” and “you won’t believe.”  Fentanyl isn’t new, either, but it is scary enough that people will still click on headlines that include the phrase “scarier than fentanyl.”  Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid about… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Cannabis

Two New Changes to Florida Cannabis Laws

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Floridians know more about citrus than people in most parts of the world do.  We know a Clementine from a tangelo and a grapefruit from a pomelo, and to the surprise of everyone, we have been known to wolf down kumquats in a single bite, peel and all.  Despite our superior knowledge and impeccable… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Opioid

Florida Criminalizes Eight Synthetic Opioids

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Opioids are not new, and neither is opioid abuse and addiction.  Despite this, the opioid drugs most prevalent in the illegal drug supply change frequently, due to the availability and cost of these drugs and to new drugs being synthesized and sold legally or illegally.  In the early 2010s, legal but poorly regulated pain… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
MarijuanaJoints

Recreational Cannabis In Florida Gets One Step Closer To Ballot Initiative

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

If your only evidence was the number of people rolling joints in plain sight, it would be understandable if you thought that recreational cannabis was legal in Florida and had been since before you arrived here.  In fact, cannabis laws in Florida have changed quickly over the past decade, but recreational cannabis use remains… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
CriminalDefense2

New Florida Law Seeks To Regulate The Production And Sale Of Kratom

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Many tropical regions have plants that do more than just look beautiful and make food taste better.  Plants of the genus Cannabis grow anywhere that the weather is warm enough.  In Yemen and East Africa, there is khat.  South America has coca and the ingredients of ayahuasca.  In Mexico and southern Texas, you can… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
QuestionMark

Is Possession Really Nine Tenths Of The Law?

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

If you get arrested for a crime, it is best to exercise your right to remain silent until you have a chance to talk to a criminal defense lawyer about your case.  You will probably go into survival mode, and your mind will be swirling with every possible way that you can get out… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
FedCrime3

Driver’s License Suspension For Drug Possession Convictions Is Counterproductive, But The Practice Continues Unabated In Florida

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Some corners of the Internet sing the praises of a world without automobiles, but the dream of a walkable utopia is not coming to Florida any time soon.  People rely on their cars to go everywhere, including for commuting to and from work and picking up their children from school.  They also rely on… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
CrimDef13

You Don’t Have To Be A Celebrity To Go To Drug Rehab Instead Of Jail While Awaiting Trial

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

It is as if, when it is a slow news day in South Florida, journalists have standing orders to recite the litany of criminal cases in which Bill Kapri, better known by his stage name Kodak Black, has been a defendant.  It is a thrilling story, by all accounts; Kodak Black began recording music… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Gavel

Mixed Messages About Ketamine From Medicine, Law, And Society

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Ketamine is the world’s least dangerous anesthesia drug.  It is PCP lite.  Ketamine is nitrous oxide for grownups.  Ketamine captures the ethos of Generation Z, giggling apathetically like minions, the way that cocaine, heroin, LSD, and weed (then known as pot, marijuana, reefer, doobies, and a host of other outdated nicknames) captivated the imaginations… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Question

What Does The DEA’s Decision To Make Delta-8 A Controlled Substance Mean For Florida’s Cannabis Industry And Its Patrons?

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

As recently as the beginning of this millennium, legal cannabis was literally a pipe dream. You occasionally saw bumper stickers and T-shirts that said “Legalize It” over a picture of a cannabis leaf, but such merchandise was only available at concerts, independent record stores, and a certain reggae-themed kiosk at the Sawgrass Mills mall. … Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
DrugArrest

Arrested For A Drug Crime?

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Although methamphetamine is excellent at causing long periods of wakefulness in those who consume it, it is not especially good at instilling fear in people who have never consumed it.  Our imaginations simply do not catastrophize about meth in the same way as they do about cocaine or opioids.  Breaking Bad made meth look… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Mushrooms

As Awesome As It May Be, Florida’s Own Philosopher’s Stone Mushroom Is A Schedule I Controlled Substance

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

An ancestor of modern medicine and chemistry was alchemy, which had as its goal the search for a substance that could cure all diseases, restore the elderly to youth, and transform ordinary metals into precious metals like gold and silver.  Alchemists writing in Arabic, Latin, and other languages used to call this substance the… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
CrimDef9

Lawmakers Seek To Reduce Or Eliminate Sentencing Disparities Between Crack Cocaine And Powder Cocaine Cases

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

If you are younger than the oldest millennials, “crack cocaine” sounds more like a punchline than a drug of which you have a reasonable fear.  The younger generations think of crack as a MacGuffin in action movies rather than a drug that causes fatal overdoses.  Who is afraid of crack when there is heroin,… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
CrimLawyer2

What Does It Take For Prosecutors To Drop The Charges Against A Defendant?

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Movies about defendants in criminal cases often portray a long ordeal where the main character gets acquitted at trial after months of preparing for the trial with his or her defense lawyer.  This is not how most criminal cases go, even though all defendants have the constitutional right to a jury trial.  You may… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

© 2018 - 2024 Ratzan & Faccidomo, LLC, Attorneys at Law. All rights reserved.
This law firm website and legal marketing are managed by MileMark Media.

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.