|Van Gogh, The Good Samaritan|
Florida has failed to follow a reasonable path toward the decriminalize some drugs, but Florida has responded to the fear of drug arrests during an overdose with the 911 Good Samaritan Law. Here is an excerpt from the law which became effective law in Florida as of today, October 1, 2012:
"911 Good Samaritan Act;" providing that a person acting in good faith who seeks medical assistance for an individual experiencing a drug-related overdose may not be charged, prosecuted, or penalized for specified offenses in certain circumstances; providing that a person who experiences a drug-related overdose and needs medical assistance may not be charged, prosecuted, or penalized for specified offenses in certain circumstances; providing that the protections from prosecution for specified offenses are not grounds for suppression of evidence in other prosecutions; amending mitigating circumstances under which a departure from the lowest permissible criminal sentence is reasonably justified to include circumstances in which a defendant was making a good faith effort to obtain or provide medical assistance for an individual experiencing a drug-related overdose, etc.The Florida law protects from drug arrest and drug prosecution those making 911 calls to help someone who may have overdosed. The hope is that drug abusers will look out for each other rather than fear arrest without requiring the services of any Clearwater Criminal Defense Attorneys to invoke the protections and rights of the new 911 Good Samaritan Law.