St. Petersburg Criminal Defense Attorneys for Federal Drug Charges
Fighting accusations or charges of a federal drug crime is a serious matter. You do not want to try to handle this on your own. At Goldman Wetzel, our federal possession with intent to deliver lawyers in St. Petersburg, FL know what it takes to navigate this complex and stressful process and go after a more favorable outcome.
We can help you fight allegations of federal possession with intent to deliver in the Middle District of Florida. We will go to work for you, developing a strong defense strategy to counter the case against you.
Call us today at 727-828-3900 to learn more or get started on your case immediately.
Understanding Federal Drug Possession Charges
Under state and federal laws, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription is illegal. If the police have reason to believe you have the intent to distribute or deliver that drug, you could face increased penalties. Depending on the drug in question, you could face significant fines and time behind bars.
For a court to find you guilty of trafficking/intent to deliver, prosecutors would need to prove:
- That you knew you had an illegal drug in your control, and that you possessed it willingly; and
- That you intended to distribute or deliver it
The intention to distribute is a crucial part of proving this type of charge. Proving this element is often easier for prosecutors than it may seem. “Intent to distribute” simply means you planned to deliver or otherwise transfer the drugs to another person. This can include:
- Selling the drugs
- Giving the drugs away
- Using the drugs with others
- Holding the drugs for someone else
This is important because it means that the prosecution does not need to try to prove that you intended to sell the drugs. In many cases, those convicted simply have a large enough quantity of the drug that it is unlikely it is for personal use. Having the drugs separated into smaller bags or having a scale or other equipment may also strengthen the case against you.
It is important to note, though, that you must be aware of the drugs and willingly possess them. We may be able to use your lack of knowledge of the drugs as a defense strategy in some cases. For example, imagine the police raided your house and found a large amount of marijuana in your roommate’s room. Unless the prosecution can prove you knew about the drugs, they will not be able to build a strong case against you.
Possible Consequences of a Federal Possession With Intent to Deliver Conviction in St. Petersburg, FL
Sentencing in a federal criminal case depends on a number of factors. First and foremost are the federal Sentencing Guidelines. However, these are only advisory. The judge has the discretion to work outside of this framework if they want. They do, however, have to consider any applicable mandatory minimum sentencing laws and laws dictating maximum sentences for the crime.
In general, the judge will consider:
- The nature and severity of the offense; and
- The circumstances of your arrest and facts of your case; and
- Any prior convictions
The sentence you could receive following a St. Petersburg conviction of federal possession with intent to deliver also depends heavily on which controlled substance they accuse you of possessing. You will likely face much larger fines and a much longer prison sentence for fentanyl possession than for marijuana.
If you face federal drug crime charges, or if you were arrested for possession with intent to deliver, the criminal defense lawyers from Goldman Wetzel are here for you. We like to go to work early in these cases, so we encourage you to call us as soon as possible: 727-828-3900.
The Goldman Wetzel Criminal Defense Attorneys Can Fight for a More Favorable Outcome in Your Case
The drug crime defense attorneys at Goldman Wetzel handle every case together. Any time you hire one of our lawyers, you get them both. This allows them to provide the most well-rounded representation possible, including both compassionate support and aggressive representation. By working together, we can build a stronger defense strategy for you.
Attorney Summer Goldman comes from several years working in the prosecutor’s office and helps our team see things from the U.S. Attorney’s point of view. Meanwhile, Maribeth Wetzel has dedicated her career to fighting for people facing all types of criminal charges.
We will discuss the facts of your case with you and go to work developing a defense strategy that will hopefully give us a more favorable outcome in your case. This may include:
- Convincing the U.S. Attorney to refuse to hand down an indictment
- Presenting a strong argument and fighting for an acquittal in court
- Reducing the nature and/or severity of the charges you face
- Negotiating a plea deal for a lesser charge and lighter sentence
- Building a strong argument for the judge to give you a lighter or probated sentence
Our team is standing by to discuss your case today. We can help you understand your legal rights and go to work developing a defense strategy on your behalf. If you face arrest or interrogation, or if you have an upcoming court date, we can also go to work for you immediately, ensuring your rights remain intact during the criminal justice process.
Get Help from Our Federal Possession With Intent to Deliver Lawyers in St. Petersburg, FL
At Goldman Wetzel, our criminal defense attorneys understand how scary it can be to face federal drug allegations or charges. We can step in and help you fight for a more favorable outcome at any point in your case. We recommend calling our office if:
- A government agency or local police want to question you
- You believe you may face charges
- There is a warrant for your arrest
- A United States Attorney indicts you for a federal crime
Call our office today at 727-828-3900. A member of our team is standing by to take your call now. There is no reason why you have to face this alone.