Drug Trafficking Defense Federal and Florida
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Florida and Federal Drug Trafficking Defense Lawyers
We understand the life-changing worry, fear, and stress that accompany drug trafficking charges in Florida because we’re people.
We also happen to be Federal and Florida Drug Trafficking Defense Attorneys
Despite the “War of Drugs” being a 30 year near complete failure, Florida and Federal drug enforcement strongly pursue serious drug convictions, sometimes based on political and career decisions as much as the facts of the case. “Drug Busts” are paraded on television where seized cash and product are displayed like sports trophies, while law enforcement is heralded like returning conquerors. 30 years of law enforcement has taught the world “Bigger is better” in the drug bust game. For these reasons trafficking is often over charged.
We Fight Florida and Federal Drug Trafficking Charges because we are troubled by rampant over-charging and other drug trafficking related law enforcement actions that are unfair.
If you’ve been charged with drug trafficking by Florida or the Federal Government, you need to act quickly to protect your rights and fight these charges in court. The sooner you act, the more options we will have during your defense. As your criminal defense lawyer team we will explore every conceivable option in fight for your rights and freedom.
Call us right away, even if you have not yet been charged.
What is Drug Trafficking?
Any person who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, brings into the state of Florida, or is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of an amount of a controlled substance or illegal drug may be charged with drug trafficking. Drug trafficking statues have explicit quantity levels for each drug substance. The drugs are often called CDS, and acronym for Controlled Dangerous Substances.
Florida Drug Trafficking Penalties
Drug trafficking crimes are first degree felonies and carry mandatory sentences.
Marijuana Trafficking Penalties are counted by either weight or by the number or plants. Penalties range from three (3) years in prison and a $25,000 fine, to fifteen (15) years in prison and a $200,000 fine.
Cocaine trafficking Penalties are charged by calculated weight. The mandatory minimum penalty if you are found guilty is three (3) years in prison and a $25,000 fine. The high weight category is only 400 grams (that’s only .88 of a pound) where the penalty is fifteen (15) years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Florida Heroin Trafficking Penalties are charged by calculated weight. The mandatory minimum penalty if you are found guilty is three (3) years in prison and a $50,000 fine. The high weight penalty is twenty-five (25) years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
What the difference between Possession of Drugs, Drug Trafficking, Drug Smuggling, and Intent to Distribute?
Possession of drugs is any actual or constructive control over a controlled dangerous substance.
Drug trafficking is a Florida criminal charge with specific drug quantities listed in the statute that define the level of the charging.
Drug smuggling is typically a federal charge and generally refers to bringing drugs into the United States.
Intent to Distribute charges may increase the seriousness of a charges. Intent to distribute may be charged when law enforcement finds drugs packaged for retail (smaller quantities, labels, small packaging etc.)
Drug Trafficking Defenses
Many of the defenses available in ordinary drug possession cases are available to your drug trafficking defense lawyer, including constitutional legal defenses that challenge unlawful searches or seizures by law enforcement. Some common Fourth Amendment defenses available in drug trafficking cases include: absence of a warrant, defective warrant, unlawful execution of a search warrant, absence of probable cause to obtain a warrant, stale information forming the basis of the warrant, exceeding the scope of the search authorized by the warrant, invalid consent to search, coercive “knock and talk”, constructive entry during knock and talk, exceeding the scope of a consensual search, unlawful arrest or detention, absence of exigent circumstances, controlled substances not in plain view, warrantless search within the curtilage of a residence, Miranda violations, 5th and 6th amendment right to counsel violations, overly broad search incident to arrest, overly broad protective sweep, use of unlawful police tactics constituting a “search.”
Early Negotiation is Critical in a Drug Trafficking defense in Florida
Early contact in the criminal process communicates competence, resolve, and establishes a rapport that may be needed during future negotiations.
Call us even before your are charged if possible. We may be able to avoid charges being filed.
We will make early contact with the prosecutor to present factual defenses, legal issues, and mitigating circumstances that may have a dramatic impact on the State’s decision to move forward against you.
We also happen to be Florida criminal law attorneys.
We can help you.
Our Florida criminal lawyers serve clients charged in drug trafficking cases in Palm Beach County, Broward County, Miami Dade County, and most other Florida cities and counties.
We handle criminal law cases and drug trafficking in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami Dade County and throughout Florida.
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