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Criminal Defense Attorney

Drug Crimes

Florida has some of the strictest drug laws in the nation, including mandatory minimum sentences for certain crimes. Charge types fall into one of three categories: simple possession, possession with intent to sell (drug dealing), or drug trafficking. The defendant will be charged based on the type and amount of drug and whether or not the controlled substance was for personal use or for sale or delivery.

The least serious drug crime on the books is simple possession of cannabis, otherwise known as marijuana. If the accused is caught with less than 20 grams of cannabis, he will automatically be charged with a first degree misdemeanor. A conviction for this crime could result in a fine of up to $1,000, one year of probation, one year in jail or any combination of the three.

The most serious drug crime under Florida law is drug trafficking, which is defined as the intentional possession, manufacture, purchase, delivery, transportation, or sale of “trafficking amounts” of drugs in the in the Sunshine State. The most common drugs that are involved in charges of trafficking are cannabis, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, GHB, LSD, MDMA (Ecstasy), cocaine, and heroine. Depending on the amount and type of drug, the crime of trafficking can result in a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in state prison and a $500,000 fine. It is the most serious non-violent crime in the state and will be entered as a first degree felony.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a drug crime in Florida, Evan H. Baron can help! But time is of the essence. The State of Florida prosecutes drug offenders to the fullest extent of the law. It doesn’t matter if the charge is simple possession or felony trafficking, they will pull no punches.

An experienced criminal defense attorney, Mr. Baron and his team will start by examining the facts of your case. They may interview witnesses and the arresting or investigating officers before they create a solid defensive strategy. If the search or seizure was improperly or illegally conducted, he may be able to get the charges reduced or dismissed.

To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our qualified criminal defense attorneys, please call (954) 385-9160, or send us an email.