A drug trafficking conviction in Florida can mean a minimum mandatory prison term and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. If you or your loved one has been charged with drug trafficking, contact our drug trafficking lawyers in Bradenton at Goldman Wetzel for assistance. The Goldman Wetzel team has helped countless defendants fight the charges against them.
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What Types of Drug Cases Does Goldman Wetzel Accept?
Our attorneys focus on criminal defense in federal and state courts throughout Florida, including Bradenton, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota. We have the legal skills, proficiencies, and staff to handle even the toughest felony cases, such as drug trafficking.
Common trafficking cases we have handled include those involving:
What Are Florida’s Drug Trafficking Thresholds?
When the amount of a controlled substance that law enforcement finds in your possession exceeds a certain threshold, the state will file trafficking charges instead of a lesser possession charge. Florida Statute § 893.135(1)(a) provides that a person commits the offense of trafficking when s/he “knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state, or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of, in excess of [a certain amount of the particular controlled substance].”
Below are the trafficking thresholds for a few common drugs:
- Cannabis: 25 pounds or 300 plants
- Cocaine: 28 grams
- Fentanyl: 4 grams
- Heroin: 4 grams
- Hydrocodone: 14 grams
- LSD: 1 gram
- MDMA: 10 grams
- Methamphetamine: 14 grams
What Penalties Do I Face for Drug Trafficking?
The penalties and collateral consequences for drug trafficking are considerable. Florida deems the offense a first-degree felony, punishable by up to three decades in prison. With most first-degree felonies, the standard fine is $10,000, but when the offense is trafficking, the state multiples the fine exponentially. Moreover, if convicted, defendants will face a mandatory minimum prison sentence from which judges cannot depart.
The minimum sentence and fine depend on the type and amount of drug involved. Below are a few examples:
- More than 25 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds: A minimum prison sentence of three years, a $25,000 fine
- At least 2,000 pounds but less than 10,000 pounds: A minimum prison sentence of seven years, a $50,000 fine
- More than 10,000 pounds: A minimum prison sentence of 15 years, a $200,000 fine
- At least 14 grams but less than 28 grams: A minimum prison sentence of three years, a $50,000 fine
- At least 28 grams but less than 50 grams: A minimum prison sentence of seven years, a $100,000 fine
- More than 50 grams: A minimum prison sentence of 15 years, a $500,000 fine
Beyond imprisonment and fines, a conviction for drug trafficking will have a lasting, damaging effect on your life. This may include lengthy probation, potential forfeiture of property and assets, and a devastating blow to your family life. You will also lose your driver’s license, professional licenses, and civil liberties such as the right to vote and the right to own a firearm. Your criminal record will follow you to job interviews, limit housing options, disqualify you from receiving financial aid, and create other impediments.
Obviously, avoiding a conviction or at least reducing the charges/penalties is the ideal outcome. Our team in Bradenton can help.
What Defenses for Drug Trafficking Does Florida Permit?
Florida recognizes numerous defenses against drug trafficking charges. After reviewing the facts of your case, attorneys Summer Goldman and Maribeth Wetzel will discuss potential defense strategies with you and create a plan-of-action. For example, if the state collected evidence against you unlawfully, we can file a motion to suppress any illegally obtained evidence or to dismiss the case. If the drugs were not yours, we can collect evidence to support your case and present it to the prosecutor or court.
Examples of drug trafficking defenses that have proved successful include:
- The drugs were not yours
- You were set up
- Illegal search and seizure
- Insufficient evidence
How Can Goldman Wetzel Help with My Drug Trafficking Case?
Our defense attorneys can assist with your case from the onset until it resolves. The sooner you retain us, the more options and time we have to help. The approach we take for your case depends on the specific facts and circumstances involved. We can help with all the following:
- Explaining what to expect during the legal process, what your options are, and how each decision can impact your future.
- Presenting pertinent preliminary data to sway the state to either not file charges or to file reduced charges.
- Investigating the facts and collecting supportive evidence.
- Combing through the state’s case and exposing any weakness or errors.
- Negotiating with the prosecutor to secure a plea bargain.
- Aggressively defending your legal rights and advocating for your best interests.
Protect Your Future. Let Our Drug Trafficking Defense Team Help.
The state diligently prosecutes offenders for drug trafficking and the State Attorney’s Office invests a lot of resources into pushing for a conviction. If you or your loved one has been arrested or is under investigation for drug trafficking, call our defense attorneys today. We can ensure the protection of your rights and build a strong defense.