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Chris Largey is jurisprudence personified! He is first and foremost ethical and in these unpredictable times, ethics has become a rare trait. Mr. Largey possesses a deep understanding of the law as well as how it applies to people in their particular roles, be it judges, juries, attorneys, witnesses, doctors, hospitals, corporations and insurance companies. He also understands his clients needs and addresses them with honesty, compassion and always with their best interest at heart. Chris’s counsel is exemplary with regard to trusting his direction and recommendations of other professionals involved with handling a particular case as he utilizes only the best resources available. The staff of Largey Law are the finest I’ve had the pleasure of knowing, as they are professional, efficient and genuinely kind.
After I was involved in a serious not-at-fault auto accident, and in checking reviews on many local attorneys, we made an appointment with Largey Law. During the initial meeting, I had no doubt we had chose correctly and signed with their ...
After I was involved in a serious not-at-fault auto accident, and in checking reviews on many local attorneys, we made an appointment with Largey Law. During the initial meeting, I had no doubt we had chose correctly and signed with their firm to represent me. Chris Largey represented me and he along with his associate Kim Reno, well what can I say, they always had my best interest at heart. They not only made every step of the way as easy as possible, but always looked out for my best interest. They also made certain I received all the medical care I needed and handled all the paperwork involved with my claim. They were ALWAYS on top of every thing, every step of the way through to the claim settlement. They really cared about me, and on multiple occasions went above and beyond to help me through this this difficult situation, as during this my husband passed away from leukemia. It was nice to know they were there for me and handling this. I so appreciate everything Chris and Kim and staff have done for me through this and in finalizing my settlement, thank you so much! All I can say is I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Largey Law, they are professional, knowledgeable, responsive and most of all, a caring group of folks.
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Possible Defenses Against Drug Paraphernalia Possession Charges
- posted: Jul. 15, 2021
- Criminal Defense
In Florida, possession of drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail, one year of probation and a $1,000 fine. The law defines paraphernalia as materials that are used, intended to be used or designed to be used to plant, grow, prepare, store, conceal or transport drugs or to introduce drugs into the body.
When determining whether an item counts as drug paraphernalia, courts will consider these factors:
- Whether there was any drug residue on the item
- The item’s proximity to any controlled substances
- Whether the item can be used for any legitimate purpose
- The item’s other possible uses, as established by expert testimony.
Residue is typically the strongest evidence that an item is drug paraphernalia. Even a trace amount of residue is sufficient proof.
Anyone accused of this offense will want to enlist a proven drug crimes lawyer to raise a strong defense. Three of the most common defenses are as follows:
- Illegal search and seizure — The Fourth Amendment protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement. There are limits on how and when police are allowed to search you, your home or car, and even your garbage. A good defense lawyer will closely examine all the facts surrounding the search. If police violated the law, then evidence gathered during the unlawful search can be kept out of court, greatly weakening the prosecution’s case.
- Constructive possession — If the alleged paraphernalia was found in a place where more than one person had access, then the prosecution must prove that you had knowledge that paraphernalia was there and had “dominion and control” over it. For example, if you got pulled over while driving a friend’s car and the police found a syringe in the glove box, you would not be guilty of possessing drug paraphernalia unless it can be proved that you knew or should have known the syringe was there.
- Temporary possession — This defense may exist if you only momentarily took possession of the item from its true owner. For example, the owner gave you the item during a police encounter and asked you to hide it or give it to someone else. In such a case, it can be argued that you never exercised total dominion and control, so you never had legal possession.
These are only a few of the defenses that may be available. Drug cases are highly fact-specific, so you should always talk to an experienced lawyer who can advise you on the best possible defensive strategy.
Largey Law Firm provides powerful drug crime defenses for clients throughout Central Florida. To reach our attorneys, please call 352-253-0456 or contact us online. We provide free consultations at our offices in Tavares, Inverness and Clermont.