Officers arrested a woman for felony drug possession after finding prescription pills on her without a valid prescription. The medication belonged to the defendant’s niece and now she faces felony drug possession charges.
Felony Drug Possession
Florida has some of the harshest sentencing when it comes to drug possession. A felony drug possession will be charged if there are more than 10 grams of any schedule 1 drug. Examples of schedule 1 drugs include LSD and heroin. These drugs have the potential for abuse. Penalties for a felony drug possession include up to 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.
Notice of Appearance
A notice of appearance is a written document that tells a judge and other parties that another party wishes to receive notice or appear in the proceeding. It is also a written or verbal notice that an attorney will be representing a client in court.
Expunging a record is the same as sealing a record. One of the main reasons an individual would want their record expunged is because, in Florida, it is very easy for anyone to access criminal records. This means that if you are in the market for a new job, the employer could access your criminal records, which could make it very difficult for you to find a job.
In order to have a record expunged, there must not be any criminal offenses on their record, even if the crime did not happen in Florida. Even if the crime someone committed was 20 years ago, the record can still not be expunged.
People often want their records expunged, as it is a way to start over fresh. However, it is a very complicated task to do, so it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer to assist you in navigating the situation. It can be a time-consuming process, but an aggressive attorney can help speed up the sealing of your record on your behalf.
When one does go to have their record expunged, they must have it done in the courtroom where the arrest or conviction happened. Having the records expunged will mean that the case and all records associated with it will be sealed and destroyed. They will no longer be available for the public to search and find.
Retaining Musca Law Representation
If you or a loved one has been charged with felony drug possession charge, an attorney will be needed to stand with you in court. We at Musca Law have fought for many clients’ rights across many areas of criminal law. Our firm’s lawyers have over 150-years of combined experience, and we can put together a strong legal defense to help you resolve your case. We offer a free, no-obligation case consultation, and we answer our phones 24 hours per day to meet your needs when they arise. We serve the entire state of Florida, with multiple offices located in several cities throughout the state for your ease and convenience. Don’t hesitate to call our office today to schedule an initial consultation!
RESULT: The defense filed a notice of appearance to notify the court that we would be representing the client in this criminal case against her. Upon receiving the notice, the State immediately decided to drop all the charges. The client is now eligible to have her record expunged!