Our Criminal Defense Lawyers have represented people charged with the all types of drug crimes in Florida. Depending on the amount of drugs alleged to have been found in your possession, "minimum mandatory" sentences may apply. "Minimum Mandatory" sentences are imposed for offenses involving a trafficking charge. “Trafficking” refers to the amount of drugs found in the case. You do not have to be selling drugs in order to be charged with trafficking. It is simply based on the amount of drugs. The State does not have to proof you sold the drugs to charge and convict you for trafficking.
How Do You Fight a Drug Charge?
There are many defenses available to you to attack a drug charge even if drugs were found in your home, car, or even on your person. Our Panama City Criminal Defense Lawyers know law enforcement procedures for drug arrests and can identify violations that can lead to dismissal of all drug charges. We have a former Bay County Sheriff Deputy on staff that reviews all our drug cases to point out holes in the State’s case and where law enforcement officers cut corners. We will defend your Constitutional rights and will scrutinize every element of your case.
Types of Drug Cases
The most common drug crime in Northwest Florida is possession. Possession of drugs can be actual or constructive. Actual possession of drugs means that the drugs were found on your person, within your reach or in a container that was on you. Constructive possession means that the drugs were found in a place over which you had control. Constructive Possession can be imposed even when there multiple persons in a vehicle or home. Possession charges can be for many drugs, including Cocaine, Marijuana, Heroin, Ecstasy-MDMA, Oxycontin, Oxycodone, and Hydrocodone.
How Much of What Drug Amounts to Trafficking?
There are trafficking charges for all illegal drugs. In order to be trafficking in marijuana or cannabis, you have to possess over 25 pounds or 300 or more plants. For cocaine trafficking begins at 28 grams. A trafficking amount of pills, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, can be as little as 4 grams or more of the substance.
What Constitutes Sale or Delivery?
Another common drug charge we see in jurisdictions such as Chipley, Bonifay, Blountstown, Panama City, Marianna and Port Saint Joe is Sale or Delivery of drugs. You can be charged with “sale” if you transfer or deliver the controlled substance to anyone. Typically, people are arrested for sale of drugs when they sell or attempt to sell drugs to an undercover officer or a confidential informant. Even if you don’t actually do the selling, you can still be arrested for this charge if you deliver the drugs or for conspiracy if you helped facilitate the delivery. Our attorneys are experienced in drug cases and thoroughly review all evidence of the alleged sale to find any potential avenue to suppress the video or audio of the event. Such controlled buys must follow strict legal guidelines or they are inadmissible. We will aggressively attack any holes in the State’s case and put the State on the defensive.
If you have been arrested or charged with a Drug Crime call us and let us discuss your options. The consultation is free. Let Us Fight For You!
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