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Man pleads no contest to drug charges in Florida

One man in Florida recently pleaded no contest after being charged with drug crimes. The no contest plea to drug charges was made on a Tuesday morning. However, a judge rejected the man's plea deal.

The man faced a total of six charges, including five for possessing drugs and one for resisting police without violence. The plea deal had been agreed upon by the defense and the state. Under the conditions of the plea, the man would have been sentenced for two years, a sentence that would have run concurrently with a 20-year-sentence he was already serving for being involved in a 21-month-old's death. The man's defense then returned with a stricter deal, but this was also rejected. Another hearing is set for March in the man's case.

Regarding the first sentence involving the 21-month-old, the man reported the child missing back in July, claiming that the child was in his vehicle, which had been stolen while he was taking care of the baby and the baby's sister. These kids reportedly belonged to the man's girlfriend. The man was immediately charged with child neglect and later pleaded guilty to child neglect, providing false information to authorities, tampering with evidence and aggravated manslaughter. The man said he and his girlfriend were having sexual relations and left the child in a tub, where the boy drowned.

When people face drug charges or other serious criminal charges in Florida, they may choose to go to trial to fight the charges. Alternatively, they might decide to pursue a plea deal with prosecutors, if available. Typically, terms of a plea deal offered by the state depend on the strength of the evidence. A plea agreement may offer the advantage of a lighter sentence than what would typically be imposed should a defendant be convicted at trial. Either way, the criminal defense will strive to protect the accused person's legal rights and best interests.

Source: jacksonville.com, "Ebron pleads no contest to Baker County drug charges, but judge says no deal", Feb. 16, 2016

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