Our criminal defense lawyers can help youfight your drug charge.
It's more serious than you think.
In Florida, every drug crime except marijuana possession is a felony, and crimes such as trafficking have minimum mandatory prison sentences up to 25 years. With such serious consequences, it's important to hire an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who will fight to keep you out of prison if you are arrested and charged with drug possession or trafficking.
Trafficking involves more than selling drugs.
Florida law defines drug trafficking as "selling, manufacturing, delivering, buying, or possessing" an illegal or prescription drug. If you are convicted or plead guilty to a drug trafficking charge, the judge must impose a prison sentence according to the mandatory guidelines. Contrary to popular belief, it takes a smaller amount of prescription drugs than illegal ones to be arrested and charged with trafficking. For example, the minimum amount of marijuana/cannabis/pot/weed for a drug trafficking charge is 25 pounds; for cocaine, it's 28 grams. By contrast, if you're caught with just 4 grams of prescription drugs such as Hydrocodone or Oxycontin, you may be charged with trafficking.
What and where you sell can make a difference.
Selling marijuana, prescription drugs, and most other controlled substances is a third-degree felony with a maximum prison sentence of 5 years. Selling cocaine is generally a second-degree felony with a maximum of 15 years in prison. However, if you sell drugs within 1,000 feet of a convenience store, church, or school in Florida, the charge may be raised by one degree. (For example, selling marijuana near a school can automatically raise the charge from a third to a second-degree felony, and selling cocaine near a school can raise it from a second to a first-degree felony.) First-degree felonies carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
Call today for a free consultation to explain your rights.
During your free initial consultation with us, our team of experienced criminal defense lawyers will explain the potential sentences or penalties for your drug charges as well as your available options (such as drug treatment or negotiating a reduced charge). You'll also learn how a close analysis of the state's evidence against you may be used in your defense. Call today to schedule your free consultation by calling (727) 323-4020 or clicking here to contact us online.
The Fleming Law Group is a criminal defense law firm based in St. Petersburg, Florida, headed by former state prosecutor Lucas Fleming. Our team of experienced criminal defense lawyers is also available to meet with clients in Tampa and Clearwater. The criminal defense lawyers at The Fleming Law Group represent clients in criminal matters throughout the Tampa Bay area in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties, Florida, including Saint Petersburg, St Pete Beach, Clearwater, Largo, Seminole, Gulfport, Tampa, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, Bradenton, Sarasota, and all surrounding areas.
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