Drug charges can be intimidating for an individual who has been accused of federal crimes involving illegal substances in Florida. Individuals in this situation may feel that they have targets on their backs, with many people in the community potentially detesting drugs due to their perceived connection to poverty and other social problems. However, individuals who face drug charges -- just like anyone accused of any crime -- actually are protected under state and federal laws. No conviction can occur unless prosecutors can establish each and every element of a crime charged by competent and relevant proof in court.
One man, a former police officer, is facing this scenario in Florida. His federal charges involve selling prescription drugs while he was on duty. He also faces a charge for purportedly carrying a gun during the commission of a drug trafficking crime.