The Skilled Representation You Need
If you have been accused of a heroin drug crime in Florida, it is crucial that you have a rock-solid defense for your case. Heroin possession, manufacturing, and trafficking are all serious crimes that can have dramatic legal consequences. Without a proper defense, someone charged with a heroin drug crime may even face life in prison.
The Morris Firm focuses exclusively on criminal defense. Through years of defense practice in the Pensacola area, we have built strong relationships with regional law enforcement, judges, and prosecutors. These relationships prove to be a great asset to each of our clients.
Our Pensacola drug crime legal team is available to help you 24/7. Call (850) 503-2626 to schedule your case evaluation today.
Do I Need a Heroin Drug Crimes Lawyer?
When facing accusations of a heroin crime, it is important to secure the strongest possible representation for your case. The possession, manufacturing, or trafficking of heroin is an extremely serious crime in Florida. The state prosecutes these cases aggressively, and a conviction can result in heavy fines as well as a decades-long prison sentence.
Having an experienced drug crimes lawyer on your side can make all the difference in these difficult cases. In order to safeguard against drastic punishments, it is critical to demonstrate that the prosecution cannot decisively prove your guilt. A Florida heroin crimes lawyer will be able to analyze your case in order to build a solid defense on your behalf, and won’t be afraid to go head-to-head with aggressive state prosecution.
Why Choose The Morris Firm to Handle My Case?
The Morris Firm dedicates itself entirely to criminal defense. Whereas many other law firms split their attention between two or more areas of the law, Attorney Brandon Morris focuses exclusively on defending those accused of crimes in Florida.
With more than 3,500 cases under his belt, Brandon’s defense skills are sharply honed. Furthermore, as a long-time Pensacolian with extensive practice in the area, Brandon has established strong relationships with local law enforcement and other figures involved in the criminal justice process. These relationships benefit each of our clients, many of whom have attested to Brandon’s effective representation in glowing testimonials.
Types of Heroin Drug Crimes Cases We Handle
Both your potential conviction and possible defense depend on the type of heroin crime case you are facing. Below, we describe the different forms of heroin drug crime cases that we handle for our clients.
In Florida, the simple possession of less than 4 grams of heroin is a third-degree felony. (Possession of more than 4 grams of heroin is considered trafficking, which we discuss in further detail below.) Possession can refer to drugs that have been found on your person, or it can refer to drugs found in a space – like your house or car – over which you had control.
Heroin possession is punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and up to five years in prison. Punishment for possession may also include a two-year suspension of your driver’s license and up to five years of supervised probation.
However, in order to reach this point of conviction, the prosecutor in a heroin possession case must demonstrate multiple points beyond a reasonable doubt. First, the prosecutor must prove that the substance in question was, indeed, heroin. Second, the prosecutor must prove that you, the defendant, knew or should have known that you were in possession of this heroin. Third, the prosecutor must prove that you knew or should have known that the possession of heroin is illegal.
If a prosecutor is unable to prove one or more of these points beyond a reasonable doubt, then you cannot be convicted for heroin possession. This is why a lack of knowledge about the presence of heroin is a common defense for those convicted of possession.
It is a very serious crime to contribute to the manufacturing of heroin in Florida. Depending on the amount of heroin that someone was involved in manufacturing, this crime can be punishable by life in prison.
According to the Florida statute on drug abuse, “manufacturing” includes the production, preparation, compounding, cultivating, or processing of heroin. Labeling, relabeling, or packaging heroin can also fall under the umbrella of manufacturing. Essentially, someone who has played any role, no matter how seemingly minor, in the production process may be convicted of heroin manufacturing.
The punishment that someone may face for this crime depends on how much heroin they have been accused of manufacturing. The manufacturing of between 4 and 13 grams is punishable by at least 3 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Punishments escalate in severity as the heroin amount increases, with the most extreme punishment being for the manufacturing of more than 30 kilograms. Someone convicted of manufacturing this amount of heroin will face life in prison without parole, as well as a $500,000 fine.
The severity of such a possible conviction calls for an experienced heroin drugs crime lawyer. Common defenses that your lawyer may use include your lack of knowledge that you were involved in manufacturing or your lack of actual possession of the drug. Your lawyer may also point to the unlawfulness of the search that led to your criminal charges as a defense in your case.
Trafficking is commonly thought to refer to the movement of drugs across state or country borders. While such movement can certainly be involved in a heroin trafficking case, a charge of trafficking is actually determined by how much heroin someone has in their possession. Because having large amounts of a drug in one’s possession is often associated with the distribution of that drug, the possession of more than 4 grams of heroin triggers a trafficking charge.
Similar to manufacturing charges, the punishment that is possible in each trafficking case relates to the amount of heroin in question. Trafficking between 4 and 14 grams of heroin is punishable by a minimum prison sentence of 3 years and a fine of up to $50,000. On the other end of the scale, trafficking between 28 grams and 30 kilograms can lead to a 25-year mandatory minimum prison term and a maximum fine of $500,000.
No heroin trafficking conviction is light, and it is crucial to have a skilled defense lawyer who can assert your innocence or lack of knowledge in the incident.
Contact The Morris Firm Today
If you have been accused of a heroin-related drug crime, do not delay in seeking legal representation. Time is of the essence when it comes to these cases. An experienced drug crimes lawyer can start building your case and warding off the prosecution now.
To schedule your case evaluation with a The Morris Firm lawyer, call (850) 503-2626 or fill out our contact form today.