Drug trafficking is a serious felony offense in Florida, punishable by long-term imprisonment and steep fines. The larger the amount of controlled substance involved, the higher the potential penalties.
If you have been arrested or charged with drug trafficking in Sarasota, call the criminal defense attorneys at Goldman Wetzel for immediate assistance. We can investigate the facts of your case and develop an effective defense strategy, which may include getting the charges dropped or reduced, negotiating a plea deal, or fighting your case in trial. Contact our office today at 941-405-5193 today and discuss your case with a drug trafficking lawyer in Sarasota.
What Distinguishes Drug Trafficking From Drug Possession?
In Florida, the difference between drug trafficking and drug possession depends on the amount of the drug involved. It has nothing to do with intent. If the amount exceeds a certain threshold, the state will consider the drug crime as trafficking.
For example, if law enforcement confiscates the following amounts, the state will charge the defendant with drug trafficking:
- Cannabis: 25 pounds or 300 cannabis plants or more;
- Hydrocodone: 14 grams or more;
- Cocaine: 28 grams or more;
- Meth: 14 grams or more;and
- Oxycodone: 7 grams or more.
What Penalties Will I Face for Drug Trafficking?
Florida is diligent in its crackdown on drug traffickers, so the penalties are notably harsh. It categorizes drug trafficking as a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. You may also face fines, probation, drug counseling, and loss of many privileges, such as your driver’s license. A conviction for drug trafficking will also bring minimum prison sentences and much heavier fines than other first-degree felony offenses.
Below are a few examples of minimum sentencing and fines for trafficking in various controlled substances.
- If you have at least 25 but less than 2,000 pounds, you will face a three-year minimum prison sentence and a $25,000 fine
- If you have at least 2,000 but less than 10,000 pounds, you will face a seven-year prison sentence and a $50,000 fine
- If you have more than 10,000 pounds, you may spend at least 15 years in prison and pay a $200,000 fine
- If you have at least 28 but less than 200 grams, a conviction will bring a three-year minimum sentence and a $50,000 fine
- If you have at least 200 but less than 400 grams, penalties will include a seven-year minimum prison sentence and a $100,000 fine
- If you have more than 400 grams, you will face a 15-year minimum sentence and a $250,000 fine
- For at least 14 but less than 28 grams, you will face a three-year minimum sentence and a $50,000 fine
- For at least 28 but less than 50 grams, a conviction will mean a seven-year minimum sentence and a $100,000 fine
- For more than 50 grams, you may spend at least 15 years in prison and pay a $500,000 fine
Can Goldman Wetzel Help With My Drug Trafficking Case in Sarasota?
Yes. Our team of aggressive defense attorneys has decades of experience, both in prosecution and defense. We focus our practice on defending those who are facing accusations of crimes in Sarasota and throughout Florida.
We can provide the representation and legal counsel you need for any type of drug-related offense. Our lawyers work together and brainstorm on each case we accept, providing our clients with effective counsel and defense.
Some of the types of drug-related cases we can manage include:
- Drug trafficking in any controlled substance, such as cocaine, flakka, or meth;
- Drug possession charges;
- Prescription drugrings;
- Drug charges involving firearms or fatalities;
- Drug transactions next to a school or park;
- Trafficking or illegal possession of prescription drugs; and
- Conspiracy to smuggle drugs.
If you are facing accusations of a drug-related crime like trafficking, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. Our team at Goldman Wetzel is here to help. We can explain what your charges entail, which penalties you face, and how we may be able to help improve the outcome of your case.
What Types of Defenses Can I Use for Drug Trafficking Charges?
We can use several defenses to drug trafficking charges. Below are just a few examples:
- If the state collected evidence against you in an unlawful search and seizure, we can file a motion to suppress the evidence;
- The drugs were not yours;
- Police coerced you into committing the crime; and
- If we can expose gaps or flaws and successfully seed doubt in the case against you, the prosecutor will not be able to prove you committed the crime.
Each case has unique facts and circumstances. Speak to one of our attorneys to discuss the defense tactics that will work best for you.
How Can Goldman Wetzel Help Fight My Drug Trafficking Charges?
Our defense attorneys will act as your advocates during the entire process. We will comb through the state’s case to look for weakness or errors, compile evidence to support your stance, and fight for the best possible outcome.
In some instances, if we step in early enough, we may be able to provide the prosecutor or court with initial evidence that causes them to drop your case or reduce your charges from trafficking to possession. In other instances, we may work toward securing a plea bargain to lessen the punishment.
Our defense team will represent you at each proceeding, let you know what you can expect, and answer any questions you or your family might have along the way. We understand how important your future and freedom are to you. Rest assured, we will protect your rights, aggressively push for the best resolution, and keep you informed of any changes in your case so you are never left in the dark.
Call Goldman Wetzel for a Free Consultation With a Drug Trafficking Lawyer.
If you have been arrested or are under investigation for drug trafficking, protect yourself by speaking to the defense attorneys at Goldman Wetzel. Contact our office for a free consultation. We can discuss your case and let you know if our services are a good match for you. Call us at 941-405-5193 today.