Being accused of a drug crime in Florida can be confusing and overwhelming, but it is important to remember that you have the legal right to defend yourself against criminal charges. The chances of getting the charges against you reduced or dismissed greatly depend on the strength of your defense and the perseverance of your attorney. Drug crimes are prosecuted aggressively on both the state and federal level. Such crimes can involve prescription medications as well as controlled dangerous substances, such as cocaine, meth, marijuana, and heroin, and can have a substantial impact on your future. Combating drug crime charges is not easy, but can be successful with the right Florida criminal lawyer who has years of experience successfully handling cases like yours.
Types of Drug Crimes
There are a variety of drug crimes that may be prosecuted under state law, many of which relate to controlled dangerous substances. Such crimes include:
- manufacturing of a controlled substance;
- delivery of a controlled substance;
- possession of a controlled substance;
- possession with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver a controlled substance;
- importation/trafficking of any controlled substance;
- sale of a controlled substance;
- fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance; and
- fraudulently prescribing a controlled substance.
Offenses that are considered drug crimes are not limited to those above. There are a number of other offenses that relate to committing drug offenses near childcare facilities and schools, the selling of controlled substances to minors, and the fraudulent prescribing of controlled substances by healthcare practitioners.
Penalties for Drug Crimes
The penalties a drug offender faces upon conviction can range from misdemeanor to felony charges, depending on the type of drug crime committed, and can be punishable by a fine and relatively short jail sentence for lesser offenses, such as possession of a small amount of marijuana, to an inordinately steep fine and a long prison sentence for more severe offenses, such as trafficking of a controlled substance.
Committed to Aggressively Defending Your Rights
If you have been arrested for a drug crime in Florida, chances are there are a lot of questions running through your mind. Will I be allowed to post bond? What evidence is going to be used against me? Will the prosecution try to manipulate me? What kinds of penalties do I face? How can a drug crime charge affect my future?
An experienced criminal defense attorney can answer these questions, and any others you may have. The knowledgeable Florida defense lawyers at Musca Law have been defending the rights of suspected drug offenders for many years. We have the skills and resources to effectively meet the prosecution head-on and are dedicated to protecting you against manipulative tactics, excessive penalties, and unjust charges. Your best chance of beating drug crime charges is just a phone call away. To speak to one of our lawyers about your potential case, call us for a confidential consultation at (800) 687-2252.
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