At The Edelstein Firm, we understand the serious consequences that can result from a drug arrest or conviction. A drug-related conviction can negatively impact just about every aspect of your life, from your reputation and career to your family life and personal relationships. That is why it is so important that you choose a drug crimes attorney in Miami, Florida with the necessary skill and experience to help you avoid these potential life-long negative consequences.
Type of Drug Crimes and Drug Charges
Our Miami based firm has many years of experience defending drug cases and offers representation to potential clients charged with:
- possession of a controlled substance;
- possession of drug paraphernalia;
- fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance;
- fraudulent prescription of a controlled substance;
- possession with intent to sell a controlled substance;
- delivery of a controlled substance;
- manufacturing of a controlled substance;
- sale of a controlled substance;
- and trafficking in a controlled substance.
Most—but not all—drug charges relate to the following substances:
- Oxycodone (Oxycontin)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
- Methamphetamine (“Meth, crystal, crystal meth, speed”)
- Gamma hydroxy butyrate (“GHB”)
- Ketamine (Special K, “K,” Kit Kat, vitamin K)
- MDMA / Ecstasy (3,4-methylenedioxy methamphetamine)
- Molly (4-Methylethcathinone)
- Rohypnol (“Roofies”)
- Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, etc.)
- Lysergic acid diethylamide (“Acid, LSD”)
- Psilocybin/Psilocyn (“Mushrooms, shrooms”)
- Phencyclidine (“Angel dust, crystal, PCP”)
- Anabolic steroids
Felony and Misdemeanor Drug Crimes
In Florida, most criminal drug cases are felonies—even simple possession of a controlled substance. Possession of under 20 grams of marijuana, however, is charged as a misdemeanor. For all other substances, the degree of the felony can vary depending on the amount and type of drug involved, intent of the person possessing the drug, as well as whether there was a sale or transaction.
Florida Drug Crimes & Criminal Penalties
A Florida drug crime can involve either a controlled substance which the Florida legislature has made illegal to possess under any circumstances (marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, etc.), or can involve a substance that can be lawfully prescribed (Xanax, Oxycontin, etc.). Drug offenses can include elements of possessing, manufacturing, selling, and distributing. Many people are surprised to learn that Florida’s drug trafficking laws do not require any evidence of intent to sell or distribute the drug, and can be proved simply by the amount of drug possessed. For example, a person arrested for illegally possessing just 7 grams of oxycodone, if convicted, can face up to 30 years in prison, a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years, and a fine of up to $50,000.
The criminal penalties for a drug crime conviction vary depending on the specific drug, the quantity of the drug, and other factors. Punishment may range from a small fine and/or probation to decades in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
Here are a few examples of the possible punishment those convicted of various drug crimes face:
Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana/cannabis – The maximum sentence is one year in jail, however, some first-time offenders will only be required to pay court costs. Driver’s license suspension for two years.
Possessing, selling, manufacturing, or delivering hashish or concentrates will result in a maximum prison term of 5 years, along with fines of up to $5,000.
Criminal penalties become harsher for those convicted of manufacturing, distributing, or trafficking illegal drugs. The sentence given to an individual found guilty of certain drug crimes will also depend on other factors including the defendant’s criminal history or prior convictions, whether the crime occurred within 1,000 feet of a park, college, church, house, child care facility, community center, or assisted living facility.
When a large amount of an illegal drug is involved, there is a greater chance that police and prosecutors will arrest or charge a person with possession with intent to sell, deliver, or distribute. If the amount exceeds the quantity threshold under the trafficking statute, the person will usually face a trafficking charge.
Drug Crimes Attorney Working to Protect Individuals Accused of Possession, Sales, and Distribution, or Drug Trafficking
A conviction for any drug offense can change your life forever. People found guilty of drug crimes may face substantial fines, jail or prison, as well as a driver’s license suspension. In Florida, as in any other state, a person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Mistakes can be—and often are— made in the legal process, from an illegal search to errors made by prosecutors and judges. The job of your Florida drug crimes defense lawyer is to protect your legal rights, challenge any evidence against you, and present any and all evidence/facts which may work to your advantage. Ultimately, your defense attorney should fight to protect your freedom, and prevent a conviction so that the damage to your life is minimal.
Contact An Experienced Drug Crimes Attorney
Whether you or a loved one has been arrested for a drug crime, or are under investigation, it is critical to consult with an experienced drug crimes attorney in Miami as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. You need the counsel of an experienced lawyer to guide you through the process and maximize your chances of resolving your case with a favorable outcome.
Over the years, we have represented hundreds of clients in a wide range of drug cases. There is a good chance that we have dealt with your type of case and have represented clients who shared similar needs and concerns that you may have. Feel free to browse through the results section of our site for a representative sample of some of our past cases, and the results we have achieved for our clients.
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