Another Shooting in Ft. Myers

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Yesterday there was the eleventh death in Ft. Myers this year from gunfire. This happened the same day the police were scheduled to give a presentation on the efforts to combat gun violence. No one seems to want to report the race of the victims of these shootings or the perpetrators. Only four of the homicides have been solved but almost all of them are in what is referred to as “the hood”. There is an epidemic nationwide of black on black homicides from firearms. Have the police tempered their presence and investigations out of fear of being called racists? Why has gun crime gone up so dramatically in the last year in Ft. Myers?
We live in a society where you cannot watch TV for an hour without seeing some show involving guns and violence. The video games mostly involve graphic violence. The rap music involves violence. Almost all of the movies involve gun violence. Has society conditioned our youth, and are we now living with kids that are almost sociopathic when it comes to violence? It has become accepted. Years ago, I went to a fourth grade class in a predominantly black neighborhood to speak. I asked them how many of them had actually seen a dead person. Every hand went up. Every one of the kids had been exposed to gun violence and death. We live in one of the most violent times in American history. The kids in the hood think nothing of “popping a cap in yo ass”. The problem in America is not guns.  The problem is the glorification of shooting and killing to the point it has become ingrained in our youth.
As a criminal defense lawyer, I have noticed a dramatic change in our youth. Violence has become a way of life and carrying a gun commonplace. Increasing the penalties with minimum mandatory sentences hasn’t seemed to work. We need to address the underlying cause of the problem. Guns and gun violence are a symptom of a much deeper underlying problem. Drugs and guns go hand in hand. Many of the shootings may be drug related. Dealing drugs for some is seen as the only way to make a living. With no family structure, no education and no opportunity, for some, it is the only way out. As a society, we need to come together and address the issues of education, poverty and opportunity. We need to treat the cause

Heroin Trafficking Arrests up in Bradenton and Sarasota

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Over the weekend, there were two more arrests in Manatee County for trafficking in Heroin. Ever since the crackdown on pills and the Florida Data Base for prescriptions, heroin trafficking has increased. Heroin is not limited to the “Ghetto” or the “hood”, and heroin use is now touching middle class families as well as some of the more affluent residents here in Sarasota.
The danger is when heroin is cut or mixed with other drugs and when cut like that, it poses a high risk of death. Heroin overdoses are up and heroin sales are increasing. Many people get into dealing in order to support their habit. The money they make selling heroin is all used to purchase heroin for themselves. It is a tough habit to break and opiate addiction always has a bad ending. If a person gets arrested for trafficking here in Sarasota or Manatee, they face long minimum mandatory prison sentences.
Did you know America leads the world in the number of people in prison? Did you know the number one reason is drugs? In my opinion, drug addictions should be treated as a medical issue. Treatment is the answer not prison. Prevention, not prosecution, should be our focus. As a criminal defense lawyer, over the years, I have handled thousands of drug cases. Probation is not necessarily the best answer for a hard core addict. That will usually result in a probation violation arrest soon after being placed on probation. Sometime, a short stay in jail is the only way to successfully detox. Everyone want to bond out immediately. Why? They need a fix and their body is crying out for the drug. Sometimes you have to tough it out for a few days and clear your head. What you have to avoid is spending a large portion of your life in State prison.
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Homicides and Shootings Increasing in Southwest Florida

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There has been a dramatic increase in violent crime in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee County
The recent double homicide in Bradenton of the two young store clerks is just an example. In Tampa Ybor city has seen a spike in violent crime. There has been an increase in gun charges for carrying concealed firearms as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. No one knows what is fueling this increase in violent crime. In the past, much of the violent crime was associated with the drug trafficking. Drug deals gone bad and robberies of the drug dealers accounted for much of the violent crime. There does not seem to be a dramatic increase in the domestic violence related gun or assault charges or road rage. It looks like armed robbery is the main cause.
On the one hand, there is an argument that there are too many guns readily available to the public. The other side of that argument is that in our violent society there is all the more reason to have a firearm for personal protection. I am a strong advocate of the concealed carry laws. The simple fact is that you never know what situation you are going to face in your day to day life. Simply going to a movie can put you at risk. Between the jihadists, the whackos, the robbers and the psychos, carrying a gun to me seems like a good idea. Responsible gun ownership and responsibly exercising your right to carry a firearm with a concealed weapon permit may someday keep you from becoming a victim yourself.
As a criminal defense lawyer, I regularly defend people who are wrongfully accused with firearm crimes. The stand your ground law is misunderstood by the public, and recent Court cases convey the wrong impression.
If you or a loved one gets arrested or charged with a gun crime and you want to talk with a lawyer that understands the importance of self defense, you can call for a free consultation at 239 334 8890 in Ft. Myers or 941 366 3506 in Sarasota

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