Aggressive & Experienced Defense Against Drug Trafficking
Trafficking drugs is one of the most serious drug crimes in Florida. Since trafficking drugs is a felony offense, a conviction can result in years in prison, costly fines, and a permanent criminal record that can cause irreparable damage to your professional reputation and personal life. That is why it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to fight for your freedom.
At the The Morris Firm, our Pensacola drug trafficking lawyer has a decade of legal experience handling thousands of criminal cases, including various drug crimes. We can review your case, determine all your legal options, and help you find the best legal solutions to help you avoid serious criminal penalties.
For quality representation against drug charges, call the Pensacola, FL drug crime lawyer at The Morris Firm at (850) 583-9112 today.
Florida Drug Trafficking Charges & Penalties
Drug trafficking is defined as possession with intent to sell/manufacture/deliver a significant amount of a controlled substance for more than personal use. While you will likely face felony charges, the exact penalties depend on the type of drug, the location of trafficking, and other factors.
For instance, any person who knowingly trafficking an excess of 25 pounds of cannabis or at least 300 marijuana plants are considered a first-degree felony, which is punishable by a mandatory minimum prison term of three years and a fine no more than $25,000. Knowing trafficking at least 28 grams of cocaine, at least four grams of opium, morphine, or hydromorphone, at least four grams of fentanyl, at least 28 grams of hydrocodone, and at least 14 grams of methamphetamine are all first-degree felonies.
The following are certain situations that can lead to enhanced penalties:
- If trafficking took place within 1,000 feet of a school or place of worship
- If you rent a room, building, or structure to trafficking drugs
- If you possess certain chemicals often used in trafficking
While it is generally a first-degree felony to possess most common party drugs (cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine) with the intent to sell within a 1,000 feet of a certain area, it is only a second-degree felony to do so as it relates to marijuana. A first-degree felony is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 30 years and a fine no more than $10,000, while a second-degree felony is punishable by a prison term of up to 15 years and a maximum fine of $10,000.
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Our firm can determine which defenses apply to your case and help you get your charges reduced or your case dismissed. For instance, we could argue that the drugs and chemicals found on your person are for personal use, which can result in a simple possession charge rather than a misdemeanor. Or if we can prove that law enforcement officials violated your rights during your arrest, then we can have your case dismissed altogether.
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