True confession. I “secretly” hope is that you read these articles and say “Hey, John knows all about my situation, I’m going to hire him.” The opposite is also true: you wouldn’t expect me to write an article that would hurt business, would you? Well, I’m in a generous mood.
Here’s the situation: Every criminal defense attorney has received the panicked mom call. My heart goes out to mom’s, they bare the brunt of their children’s shenanigans. Anyway, the call goes something like this: “My son’s on probation, he’s at school. His probation officer just called to say he is coming by the house to search our home. I’ve searched first, and found drugs. What should I do with these drugs?”
Moms being moms, they want to be the good Samaritan and hand over the drugs to the police when they arrive. Hum.
That’s what happened in the real life case of Stanton v. State, 746 So. 2d 1229 (Fla. 3d DCA 1999). Stanton was a recovering addict, and a former dealer gave Stanton some cocaine to get him hooked again. Nice guy, this dealer, right? It would be like a new ad campaign from Marlboro offering free cigarettes for those who have quit. Maybe the longer you’ve gone without smoking, the more packs you get for free? Anyway, Stanton’s old drug dealer was offering free cocaine samples to his recovering ex-income streams. Pure evil. What is the world coming to that coke dealers are begging recovering addicts to come back like my old cell phone company? Continue Reading