Both the federal and state government have zero tolerance for possession of controlled substances. This includes not only common street drugs like marijuana and cocaine, but also illegal prescription drugs.
The penalties for a conviction include imprisonment, huge fines, revoked civil liberties, and a damaged criminal record. If you or a loved one has recently been arrested for drug possession or you suspect you are under investigation for a drug-related offense, speak with the drug possession lawyers in Tampa at Goldman Wetzel today: 888-727-4652.
What Types of Drug Possession Cases Does Goldman Wetzel Accept?
Goldman Wetzel has a passion for helping protect the rights of those accused of crimes and has devoted its practice to criminal defense. Attorneys Summer Goldman and Maribeth Wetzel represent defendants in state and federal courts who are facing misdemeanor and felony drug charges, including drug possession, cultivation, and trafficking. Below are some of the most common types of drug possession cases we manage:
- Possession of marijuana
- Possession of cocaine
- Illegal possession of prescription drugs
- Possession of heroin
I Have Been Arrested for Drug Possession. What Do I Do Next?
If you have been arrested for drug possession, the first thing you should do is tell the officer that you wish to speak to your attorney. Other than providing your basic identifying information (name, birth date, and address), do not answer any of the investigator’s questions until your lawyer has advised you to do so. Anything you say — even offhanded statements — may damage your case later. If you have yet to secure a defense attorney, call Goldman Wetzel at 888-727-4652 and the agent will quickly patch you through to one.
We will discuss your case with you, see where you stand, and explain your legal options to you. If you retain us early enough, we can attend your first appearance with you to ensure the judge sets a fair bail and to explain your next steps. If you are already out on bail, call us to schedule a consultation so we can begin working on your defense.
What Are the Penalties for Drug Possession in Florida?
The penalties for possession depend on the type/schedule of drug, the amount involved, and the defendant’s prior convictions. If the amount of drug exceeds a certain threshold, the state will automatically elevate the charges to trafficking instead of possession.
Below are a few examples of potential penalties:
- Possession of Ecstasy/Molly: Third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
- Possession of Cocaine: Third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
- Possession of Tylenol with Codeine: Third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
- Possession of Lorazepam: Third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
- Possession of Buprenorphine: First-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
In addition to imprisonment and fines, penalties also include loss of driving privileges, probation, and drug counseling.
How Can Goldman Wetzel Fight My Drug Possession Charges?
Our attorneys, who have over three decades of combined legal experience, can use our arsenal of defense strategies to fight your drug possession charges. We will walk you through the entire legal process, advocate for your best interests, and uphold your rights along the way.
Unique to Goldman Wetzel, our attorneys work together on each case, brainstorming the best tactics to use and fortifying our clients’ defense. During each stage of the case, we will involve you in the decision-making process, so you are never in the dark. Knowing what to expect can reduce your anxiety, so we will explain what you are up against in clear, no-nonsense terms and will make ourselves available when you have questions.
Our primary aim will be to get your charges dropped or reduced, helping you avoid or at least minimize jail time.
What Defenses Are Available for Drug Possession Charges?
There are different ways to approach a drug possession case, which can include anything from the drugs belonging to someone else to you having a valid prescription.
We may be able to bring evidence to light that deters the prosecutor from ever filing formal charges or that sways the judge to drop the case before trial. We will also look at the way in which the authorities obtained the evidence or made the arrest to see if they abided by state and federal guidelines. If they disobeyed protocols or engaged in any kind of misconduct, we can file a motion to suppress the evidence or to dismiss the case.
In other situations, we may opt to make a plea deal with the prosecutor for lesser charges or mitigated penalties. If the case proceeds to trial, we will need to look at whether the alleged possession is “actual” or “constructive,” and prepare your defense accordingly.
- Actual: The officer found drugs on your person. In this case, one of the best ways to challenge actual possession is by arguing unlawful search and seizure.
- Constructive: The officer found drugs in another location, e.g., in your car. In this case, we can either argue unlawful search and seizure or look for ways to challenge the prosecutor’s case (who must prove that you had knowledge of and control over the drugs).
Because each case is unique, we will need to review your file and discuss your case with you to determine the best approach for your specific situation.
Call Our Drug Possession Defense Team in Tampa Today.
To fight drug possession charges in Tampa, call Goldman Wetzel for a consultation today: 888-727-4652.