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Man faces drug charges involving heroin use at police station

Drug charges were recently filed against a man in Florida. According to police, he was busted while trying to inject heroin while in a police station bathroom. The man facing drug charges is 35 years old.

Police said that at around 8 a.m. on a Friday in early March, the man went into the police department to use a public restroom near the front desk. An officer at the desk then reportedly heard a loud noise coming from the bathroom. When the officer knocked on the door, which had been locked, and yelled out, there was no response.

Police then utilized a key to enter the bathroom and found the man on the ground. He was unresponsive and unconscious. Police said they saw multiple items on the bathroom sink, including a syringe, measuring spoons and small plastic bags. Police reported that the man's arm was bleeding, so it looked as though he had just injected himself with heroin. The man received treatment at a hospital, was booked at a jail and now faces charges, including possessing drug paraphernalia and heroin.

Prosecutors must prove an individual's drug charges beyond a reasonable doubt before a criminal conviction can be won in a Florida courtroom. Instead of going to trial, a person facing drug charges may choose to accept a plea deal with prosecutors, if available. The benefit of a plea agreement is that it might lead to lesser charges and, thus, a lighter sentence for the accused. The criminal defense will push for the outcome that is ultimately in the client's best interests.

Source: Fox News, "Man charged with injecting heroin at Florida police station", March 13, 2016

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