Florida Drug Charge Attorney
The state of Florida has some of the toughest drug laws in the country and a conviction for a drug-related charge can result in serious penalties. Drug charges can range from simple drug possession charges, punishable by jail time or probation, to drug trafficking charges that carry mandatory prison sentences. I have experience defending against drug crimes in Florida that involve the sale, possession, transportation, manufacture and trafficking of illegal controlled substances such as:
- Synthetic Drugs
Florida drug offenses also include the unauthorized use, possession and sale of prescription medications such as:
Penalties in drug cases are typically determined by factors such as the type and quantity of the drug, your prior record, whether there is any evidence of sale and the proximity to locations such as churches and schools. Even relatively minor drug charges can carry significant penalties upon conviction, in addition to the negative effects on your family, reputation and career. A conviction for drug possession will also result in a suspension of your driver’s license.
Defense Strategies in Drug Crime Cases
As with all types of criminal cases, fighting your drug case at trial is always an option. However, because drug cases almost always involve actual physical evidence as opposed to just someone saying you committed a crime, there are also ways to fight to keep the drug evidence out of court.
In all cases, but especially drug cases, it is very important to go through the facts of your case in detail to determine whether or not your Constitutional rights were violated. This involves examining your initial contact with law enforcement, whether or not there was probable cause for your arrest, where and how the drugs were found by law enforcement, whether there were other people around, whether or not you gave a statement to police, police behavior and procedures, and other factors.
Many drug cases can be resolved without ever having to go to trial. If your Constitutional rights were violated, you can argue for the suppression of the State’s evidence. If successful, this results in illegally obtained evidence being kept out at trial. If a judge orders the suppression of some or all of the State’s evidence, your case becomes much more difficult for the government to prosecute. That is why it is important to hire a criminal defense attorney experienced in handling drug crimes to review your case, advise you of the potential penalties you may face and uncover and pursue every possible defense option available to you.
Whether it is just negotiating the best possible plea offer, arguing for the suppression of evidence or fighting a case at trial, it is important to hire an attorney who has the desire and ability to fight for you and your rights. I have the knowledge, creativity and experience to identify and properly apply the most effective strategy for your defense.