Florida imposes notably harsh penalties and consequences for drug-related crimes, including imprisonment and hefty fines.
If you or a loved one has recently been arrested or is under investigation for a drug crime, our drug crime defense lawyers in Clearwater Beach at Goldman Wetzel can help. We have assisted numerous people through the justice system and can provide counsel and defense against these weighty charges.
Call 727-828-3900 for a free consultation today.
Steps to Take When Accused of a Drug Crime
1. Talk to an Attorney
Because of the implications that accompany a drug crime accusation, make securing a defense attorney your top priority. If you suspect you are under investigation or the police have already arrested you, contact our office for immediate assistance before agreeing to answer any of the investigators’ questions.
2. Review Your Legal Options
After analyzing your case, we will discuss your legal options with you in detail. We will determine which strategies might suit your situation best, the steps we should take to protect your rights, and what you can expect during each phase.
3. Trust Your Case to Your Legal Team
Your Goldman Wetzel defense attorneys will get to work on the appropriate tasks, such as gathering evidence, exploring defenses, filing motions, and preparing for court. We will get your input, advise you when making key legal decisions, and keep you informed until your case concludes.
Types of Drug Cases Goldman Wetzel Handles
Our team of defense attorneys has amassed the skill sets and resources necessary to manage any drug-related criminal case. We can handle both state and federal cases, represent both adult and juvenile defendants, and accept an extensive array of misdemeanor and felony drug cases.
Some of the drug crime cases we accept include:
- Simple possession
- Possession of paraphernalia
- Manufacturing of drugs
- Cultivation of marijuana
- Drug trafficking
- Illegal possession of prescription drugs
- First-time and repeat offenders
- Drug crimes involving aggravating factors, e.g., presence of a weapon
Potential Penalties for Drug Crimes
The potential penalties you face for a drug crime depend on numerous factors, such as the schedule of the drug, the amount of the substance involved, your criminal history, and whether there were any aggravating or mitigating factors.
For instance, a first-time offender with charges for possession of a schedule V drug like Tylenol with codeine faces a far lighter punishment than a repeat offender with federal trafficking charges of a schedule I drug like heroin.
The extent of sentencing for a drug crime varies, but usually entails:
- Probation and accompanying fees;
- Enormous fines (drug-related offenses involve substantially higher fines than for other types of crimes in the same category, in some cases as high as $750,000);
- Court fees;
- Drug classes;
- Suspension of your driver’s license;
- Revocation of certain civil liberties, e.g., your right to vote; and
- A permanent criminal record.
Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Crimes
Florida law also requires that judges impose a mandatory minimum prison sentence for offenders convicted of drug trafficking, a prison term which offenders must serve in its entirety without the possibility of early release for good behavior. The duration of the mandatory minimum sentence depends on the type and amount of drug involved.
Trafficking in cocaine, for example, a first-degree felony, is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of:
- Three years for trafficking at least 28 grams but less than 200 grams;
- Seven years for at least 200 grams but less than 400 grams;
- 15 years for at least 400 grams but less than 150 kilograms; or
- Life imprisonment without parole for 150 kilograms or more.
To learn exactly what penalties you face and how to approach your case to minimize the chances of a devastating outcome, reach out to our staff and schedule a free case evaluation: 727-828-3900.
Exploring Defense Options with Goldman Wetzel Lawyers
Our drug crime defense lawyers will explore every possible defense angle for your case. Depending on your case, we may be able to get the charges dropped or reduced before trial, get it transferred to drug court, or try to gain approval for a diversion program on your behalf.
We can scour the state’s file and look for errors, weak evidence, or indications of an infringement of your constitutional rights (e.g., illegal search and seizure). If applicable, we can file motions to suppress evidence or have the court dismiss your case.
Other possible defenses include:
- Mistaken identity;
- The drugs were not yours;
- The drugs were not in your actual or constructive possession;
- You did not know the substance in your possession was illegal;
- You were coerced or under duress;
- You were framed; or
- Mistakes in the way law enforcement handled the case.
Protecting Your Future with Our Drug Crime Lawyers in Clearwater Beach
Goldman Wetzel attorneys represent defendants in Clearwater Beach and throughout Florida who face drug crime charges. We know how much the outcome of this case can affect your life and we will fight aggressively for a positive outcome. Our team will leverage our time, skills, resources, and defense strategies to bring maximum benefit for you.
Our lawyers have backgrounds in both prosecution and defense, which means we have unique, first-hand insight into how the state operates. We know the strategies prosecutors use and how to identify shortcomings in their arguments and evidence. And because our attorneys have years of experience in both areas, we have no qualms either negotiating a plea bargain or taking the case to trial — whichever suits the situation best.
Protect your freedom, livelihood, future, and reputation. Enlist the help of our Clearwater Beach drug crime defense attorneys. We offer free consultations for defendants charged with drug crimes in Florida.
Call 727-828-3900 for your free, informative meeting today.