In this video, Defense Group attorney Hal Uhrig answers the question of whether or not you can be charged with possession if you have drugs in your system. Interestingly enough, if the police tries to charge you with possession solely because they find evidence of drug use in your bloodstream or urine, they will not be able to charge you with a felony. For example, if they find cocaine in your bloodstream but not anywhere else on you, they will not be able to charge you with possession of cocaine. However, if they find a removable container of cocaine inside you, they can charge you with possession.
In this video, drug defense lawyer Hal Uhrig lists some examples of federal drug crimes. First of all, he mentions that cases where you are bringing drugs into the U.S. are typically federal crimes. If you bring drugs from one state to another state, that’s also a federal charge. If you deal in “kilos instead of grams” or “truckloads instead of kilos,” the federal government will probably get involved.
The term “dual sovereignty” describes situations where an action violates both federal law and state law. In those cases, either the federal government or the state government prosecutes. If the federal government takes it, the state ignores it, and if the federal government drops it, the state decides whether or not to prosecute.
After you’ve checked the local county jails for your loved one, your next step is to ask yourself whether or not your loved one is a U.S. citizen. If he or she is not, the county jail might not have the name listed, even if he or she has been taken in by authorities. He or she might also have been arrested by federal forces or been moved to a jail some distance away. Stay by the (landline) phone; your loved one will be given a chance to call you. If more than 24 hours pass without a call, you should call the police and report the situation.
In the above video, Hal Uhrig defines a grand jury. A grand jury is a jury made up of citizens of the state and advised by the state attorney. These juries decide capital cases. In many cases, if the prosecutor is skilled enough, the jury follows the opinion of the prosecutor. In addition to capital cases, grand juries are also often used in politically-charged cases, so as to lower the chance that strongly partisan attorneys and judges affect the outcome.
In this video, criminal defense attorney Hal Uhrig describes what a federal crime is. According to Uhrig, a federal crime is a crime that is prohibited by an act of Congress. It is possible for an action (called a dual sovereignty) to violate both state law and federal law. In these cases, usually either one or the other prosecutes. If the federal government takes the case, the state leaves it alone. If the federal government drops the case, the state decides whether or not to prosecute.
At The Defense Firm, they have an “of counsel” attorney, Manny Hernandez, who handles federal crimes. Prior to working with this firm, Manny was a supervising assistant U.S. attorney, both in Puerto Rico and Orlando. He has extensive federal experience, and he knows what the federal judges expect.
In this video, defense attorney Hal Uhrig describes the process of getting a loved one out of jail. His practice, possibly more than any other practice in Central Florida, has a close relationship with bail bondsmen. According to Uhrig, a bail bond works somewhat like an insurance policy. If your bond is $10,000, 10% of it ($1,000) goes to the bondsman. He may also take collateral to ensure that the accused shows up in court. Thankfully, due to The Defense Group’s close relationship with local bondspeople, they may ask for little to no collateral if they know that you have hired The Defense Group.