An arrest or criminal charge involving drugs can greatly impact your life. The uncertainty of your future during this time is why you need a strong criminal defense team.
Depending upon your arrest or charges, you may face serious jail time, large fines, or both. Your situation may affect your relationships, your finances, and your employment.
If you have been arrested or charged with a drug crime, contact the defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel today at 727-828-3900.
Common Types of Drug Charges
The war on drugs continues in Florida as law enforcement pursues those who possess, cultivate, or sell controlled substances. Whether you developed an addiction due to dependency on painkillers or you use for recreational purposes, a drug charge can change your life. Even Florida’s medical marijuana laws can result in an arrest or charges if you violate the terms of your prescription.
When law enforcement makes an arrest for drugs, it is typically for one of the following charges:
Possession of Drugs
A charge of possession is typically a misdemeanor charge. Factors that can influence the sentencing guidelines include whether it is your first offense or a repeated offense.
Possession with Intent to Distribute
This charge is much more serious and is typically a third-degree felony. Possession with intent to distribute in Florida can result in serious consequences if you are found within close proximity to the following:
- Elementary, middle, and post-secondary schools
- Private or public universities
- Churches or other houses of worship
In addition to state charges, you may face federal laws regarding drug trafficking. Under federal law, drug trafficking is an offense under federal, state, or local law that prohibits the following when it comes to controlled substances:
Possession with the intent of any of the above actions is also considered drug trafficking under federal law guidelines.
Research shows that of those convicted of drug trafficking at the federal level, 46.7% had little or no criminal background. 96% received a prison sentence.
Drug Charge Sentencing
Facing possible jail time is stressful and frightening. Even a misdemeanor drug charge may result in time behind bars. While there are a variety of factors that determine your possible punishment, felony charges are the most serious and may result in the following imprisonment sentences:
- For a felony of the second degree, a term of imprisonment not exceeding 15 years.
- For a felony of the third degree, a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years.
Not knowing for certain whether you will miss time away from family and possibly lose your job can create enormous anxiety. Every criminal case is different, and the outcome is determined upon a variety of factors.
This is why it is extremely important to contact a criminal defense attorney now. If you have been arrested or charged with a drug crime, call a drug crime defense lawyer in Venice today at 727-828-3900.
Defending Against Your Drug Charges
There are several possible defenses to your drug charges. Some examples that might apply to your case include:
Where the Drugs Were Found
- The drugs were found in your home: The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects you from illegal search and seizure. For example, law enforcement cannot search your home without a warrant.
- The drugs were found in your car: An officer must have probable cause to search your vehicle. When they ask for permission to search your car, it is your right to respectfully decline permission.
Determining Ownership of the Drugs
- The drugs belong to your friends: You are the one arrested or charged while with a group, yet the drugs belong to your friends.
- The drugs found on your property were not yours: Someone planted the drugs on your property in order to either frame you or to avoid arrest.
Collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing police reports takes time. If you face serious drug charges, contact the attorneys from Goldman Wetzel without delay: 727-828-3900.
Let Goldman Wetzel Protect Your Future
An arrest or drug charge is a scary experience. Law enforcement may want to speak with you in the hopes you will incriminate yourself—do not speak with them without an attorney present.
The attorneys from Goldman Wetzel bring a team approach to your case. The experience of Summer Goldman as a former prosecutor and Maribeth Wetzel as a career defense attorney makes the duo a formidable pair when it comes to your defense.
By securing the legal services of Goldman Wetzel, you get two attorneys for the price of one. Both attorneys review cases together, combining their experience in an effort to develop the best defense possible for you.
Contact the Criminal Defense Attorneys from Goldman Wetzel Today
It is in your best interest to contact the defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel as soon as possible. To schedule a free evaluation of your case, call us at (941) 405-5193. Don’t delay—the sooner we can evaluate your case, the sooner we can plan an early intervention before charges are formalized.
Your arrest or charge doesn’t have to ruin your life. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, we can try to get your charges reduced or dropped, or we can try to help you avoid harsh penalties.
Defend yourself against serious drug charges by contacting a drug crime defense lawyer in Venice today at 727-828-3900.