Over 100 Arrests in Lee by Task Force November 2015

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The Ft. Myers police force and Lee Deputies arrested men all over Lee County in a major drug and gun sweep. This is in response to the numerous shootings and violence erupting throughout both the City and the County. Several men were charged with carrying a concealed firearm and some with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Some were even juveniles. Some of the guns had altered serial numbers.
Some of the arrests involved synthetic drugs and spice. Some of the arrests were for possession of MDMA. Quite a few of the guys were charged with violation of probation and are still in custody. The task force sweep resulted in many people being denied bond or bonds set incredibly high. For people who had charges pending or were on probation, bond was revoked.
In some cases, it looks like the police were just looking for a reason to make a bust. Some were charged with simply loitering and prowling. For those that ran, an addition charge was tackled on of for fleeing and eluding and for those that resisted, the additional charge was resisting arrest or battery on a police officer. May of the people arrested were black only adding to the suspicion that some of the arrests are racially motivated. Time will tell as to whether or not it makes a difference in the homicide rate here in Ft. Myers.
For some, it looks like they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some were simply riding in a car with someone else that had been targeted. You have to be really careful who you hang with. The police crackdown sometimes results in the police bending the rules when it comes to car stops. Often they claim to smell burning weed simply as an excuse to bring a drug dog. There are real defenses to some of these trumped up charges.

Often the search of the car may be illegal or a warrantless search of a house may be involved.

Probation officers, making visits often use that as an excuse to have a detective get inside your home to really look for other violations.

If you or a loved one got busted in this latest sweep and you want to talk to a really experienced lawyer call me, Sean O’Halloran at my office here in Ft. Myers for a free consultation at 239 334 8890

Warrantless Search of Dorm Room leads to Arrest November 2015

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At FGCU, the police recently were brought in and two students were arrested for felony possession of marijuana.

Even though marijuana is legal in a number of States, Florida is still behind the curve when it comes to criminalization of weed. For a college student, a felony marijuana possession arrest can be a life changing event. First, you get thrown out of school. Then you have to face the Courts and the possibility of jail and a felony record. School officials sometimes do warrantless searches of private dorm rooms and then call the cops to prosecute. There are legal consequences to illegal searches, and often, the evidence can be later thrown out by the courts.

As a parent, the last thing you want to receive is a call from jail from your child. The simple fact is that some kids do stupid immature things and possessing or selling pot is one of them. Think back about the stupid decisions you may have made in the past or the crazy things you did as a student. We have been defending students now for over thirty years. Stupidity should not be a crime. Students need a second chance, particularly when it comes to smoking weed in college. Most parents, at one time or another did the same thing.

The law is going to change in Florida. It is just a matter of time.

Pot will eventually become legal here as it is in Colorado and Washington. In the meantime, as a parent, you cannot let your son or daughter start off life with a felony, particularly for something that within a matter of years will be legal.Many times, as criminal defense lawyers, we can convince the prosecutors to give the kid a break and offer pre- trial diversion as an alternative to prosecution. This program ultimately results in a dismissal. You also have to think about ultimately having the arrest expunged from the court records. A stupid mistake in college can haunt you for life when it comes to job hunting or later on getting some promotion.

A good lawyer can make a difference and using the public defender is not always a wise decision. If your child was sick or had a medical problem that could affect them for life, would you send them to a public health clinic? Kids make mistakes. That is just part of life’s learning process.Call 239 334 8890 for a free consultation