Drug use is an issue that affects thousands of people in the Fort Lauderdale area every year. The opioid epidemic continues to grow all over the country. Many drug users face problems with work, school, the ability to pay bills, the ability to care for their family and more. Child abuse is another serious issue that plagues dozens of families throughout the Fort Lauderdale area each year. There are times when child abuse is also considered a drug crime and vice versa. We will take a look at these circumstances in today’s post.
Operating an Illegal Grow House
Grow houses are illegal in Florida unless you have a license to cultivate marijuana. If you are licensed, you are limited to six flowering plants or 12 vegetation plants. It’s possible that if you are found with one above the limit you could be arrested. Child abuse can also be a drug crime when you are found to be running an illegal grow house with children under the age of 18 in the house. You will face felony charges that could land you in prison for 15 years or more.
Drug Abuse and Pregnancy
It is possible for women to be charged with child abuse and drug crimes if they use drugs while pregnant. Some of the most common charges in these cases, according to The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law include the following:
- Child endangerment
- Child abuse
- Drug delivery
- Attempted aggravated child abuse
- Chemical endangerment of a child
- Child neglect
- Mistreatment of a child
- Reckless injury to a child
The drugs that were involved in these cases included marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and prescription pills.
Commission of a Drug Crime with a Minor Present
Committing a drug crime in Fort Lauderdale with a minor present is a serious offense. Whether the crime involves purchasing drugs, selling drugs, transporting drugs, manufacturing drugs or using banned substances, you are putting yourself at risk of not only facing criminal charges but also losing your child to the state. Another crime involving child abuse is that of using your child as a drug mule or someone who transports drugs from one location to another.
What Can an Attorney Do for Me?
If you are facing a drug or child abuse charge you will want to call an attorney immediately. An attorney can help with the following:
- Review and provide an honest evaluation of your case
- Explain the charges levied against you
- Investigate the incident that led to your arrest
- Obtain police reports and review evidence
- Secure expert witnesses
- Explain how to handle yourself in court
- Help you prepare for sentencing
Call to Schedule an Appointment with an Attorney
Were you charged with child abuse and a drug crime in Fort Lauderdale, FL? Do you have questions about how you can get your children back? You need to protect your rights when facing these charges immediately. Call the office of Michael A. Gottlieb, P.A. today at 954-641-8129 to schedule an appointment to discuss your call with an experienced drug crime attorney.