Starting on Jan. 8, 2019, many convicted felons in Florida may have the right to vote. However, what will happen in a practical sense is not yet clear.
A 43-year-old Florida man who has worked as a high school security guard for 16 years has been charged with drug possession and drug trafficking. A Miami-Dade County Public Schools representative told reporters that the man was fired from his position at Felix Varela Senior High School when news of the Nov. 5 arrest was made public. However, police say that they have yet to uncover evidence suggesting that the man sold drugs to students.
A 29-year-old Florida man who was running for the Sweetwater City Commission was taken into custody Nov. 2 on suspicion of cocaine trafficking. Two other individuals were also detained in connection with the investigation. The candidate had a previous criminal record and had been arrested twice previously for suspicion of marijuana trafficking.
The legal blood alcohol content limit for drivers in Florida is .08 percent. Each state decides the legal limit under its own laws, and as of now, every state has the same .08 percent limit. However, at the end of the year, one state is going to lower that to .05 percent. Utah will be the first state to do this, and experts say other states might follow.
Florida has some of the harshest drug laws throughout the nation. Even those who do not sell drugs could see over a decade in prison time if the court convicts them of any form of drug trafficking or distribution.