Heroin Cases on the Rise in 2015

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Heroin Cases on the Rise
As I predicted two years ago, heroin addiction and heroin prosecutions have skyrocketed in Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota County. There were thousands of people who for various reasons became addicted to opiates like Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycodone. In past years the addiction led to doctor shopping and the explosion of pain management clinics. When the State cracked down on the pain clinics and tightened up the laws and established the state wide data base for prescriptions, many of the addicts could no longer get their supply from pharmacies. The net result was the heroin filled the gap and many people who could no longer get the opiate pills switched to shooting up on heroin. Now those people are getting prosecuted and there has been an explosion of prosecutions for possession of heroin, sale of heroin and trafficking in heroin. The penalties are huge and many people face mandatory sentences in State prison.
What do I do if I am arrested for a heroin charge?
By the time you or a loved one reads this, withdrawal has probably already set in. If you bonded out and you are an addict you need to get medical help immediately. If you continue to use while on bond and get arrested, your bail bond will be revoked and you will sit in jail cold turkey and have many tough days. I may be able to solve your legal problem but only you can solve the immediate problem which is your addiction. You cannot do it alone, Get help now.
Should I take a plea deal?
Unless you address the chemical dependency issue you are setting yourself up for failure by pleading and taking probation. If you are a heroin addict, and are not in remission, your probation is almost certain to be violated. More people get arrested for a probation violation in Ft. Myers and Sarasota than for any other reason. As a criminal defense lawyer and a drug lawyerI have learned that you have to think ahead. Probation is a trap for an addict. We may be able to get you into drug court where you can get help with your addiction. If you successfully complete the drug court program you criminal charge will be dropped and you will not end up being a convicted felon. If you have been arrested in Ft. Myers for a drug charge like possession of heroin or possession of an opiate, call today for a free consultation. You can reach us at our Ft. Myers criminal defense office at 239 334 8890
If you have been arrested in Bradenton or Sarasota call Peter D Aiken at 941 366 3506 today
Our firm also handles drug trafficking cases in Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee County

Sarasota Office 941-366-3506

Punta Gorda Office 941-639-6009

Fort Myers 239-334-8890

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