Pensacola LSD Crimes Lawyer
If you have been charged with possession or trafficking of LSD (also known as acid) in Florida, it is critical to obtain skilled defense for your case. LSD crimes are aggressively prosecuted in this state, and a conviction will come with a hefty punishment. Depending on the severity of the LSD crime, a convicted person may even have to serve a lifelong prison sentence.
The Pensacola drug crimes attorneys of The Morris Firm understand the high stakes and immense stress that accompany LSD crime charges. For years, we have tirelessly defended Pensacola residents who have been accused of these crimes so that they can continue to lead normal and fulfilling lives. Now, we are prepared to do the same for you.
Our drug crime defense team is available to provide the help you need 24/7. To schedule a legal consultation with a member of our team, call (850) 503-2626 now.
Do I Need an LSD Crimes Lawyer?
In the event that you are facing charges of LSD possession or trafficking, it is absolutely crucial that you have proper legal defense. Using, selling, or otherwise being involved in the supply chain of LSD is a serious crime in Florida. As such, these crimes can result in devastating fines and prison sentences when a defendant does not have adequate representation.
LSD is a Schedule I drug in Florida, which means that it has no accepted medical use and also has a high potential for abuse. In other words, Florida law considers LSD to be among the most dangerous of controlled substances, and there is no medical justification for its use. Therefore, if you have been accused of possessing LSD in any capacity, you will need a rock-solid defense.
An experienced Florida drug crimes lawyer can provide the representation you need to avoid a lengthy prison sentence and crushing fines. Using a deep understanding of state and federal drug laws, your lawyer will analyze your charges to determine the best possible legal strategy in your case. Then, when your time in court comes, your lawyer will be ready to stand up to the prosecution’s most aggressive tactics. With a skilled defense attorney on your side, you will be poised to minimize or entirely sidestep an LSD crime conviction.
Why Choose The Morris Firm to Handle My Case?
When it comes to experience in drug crime defense and the Pensacola area, The Morris Firm is unparalleled. Over the course of his career, Attorney Brandon Morris has handled more than 3500 cases, nearly all of them in criminal defense. In addition to this extensive experience, Brandon offers clients another edge: his strong ties to Pensacola and the local legal system. Brandon was born and raised in Pensacola, and over the course of his many years in this city, he has built beneficial relationships with judges and law enforcement.
The Morris Firm is entirely committed to criminal defense work, and that focused dedication shows in the results that we secure for our clients. We are proud to have helped a long list of clients avoid serious drug crimes convictions, and we work hard to make the entire process as smooth and comfortable as possible. Our greatest job satisfaction comes from seeing the fulfilling lives led by clients we’ve defended, many of whom have praised our work in testimonials.
Types of LSD Crimes Cases We Handle
If you have been charged with an LSD crime in Florida, it is important to understand the specific crime you’ve been accused of committing. Generally speaking, LSD crimes break down into two main categories: possession and trafficking.
Whether you are facing charges of LSD possession or trafficking, we are prepared to defend you. Below, we describe the difference between these two crimes and how that difference will affect a possible sentence.
In the state of Florida, it is considered possession to have up to one gram of LSD. (Having control over more than one gram of LSD classifies as trafficking, which we discuss below.) In these cases, the drug could be found on your person or in your personal space, such as your car or house.
LSD possession is a third-degree felony, and it is punishable by up to five years in prison. That said, for you to be convicted and receive this sentence, the prosecution will need to decisively prove a few points. Prosecutors must demonstrate that the drug in question was actually LSD, that you knew (or should have known) that you were in possession of the LSD, and that you knew (or should have known) that LSD possession is illegal. If the prosecution fails to prove just one of these points beyond a reasonable doubt, you cannot lawfully be convicted of LSD possession.
To ward off a conviction of possession, there are multiple approaches that your defense attorney may take. For example, your lawyer may argue that you were unaware of the presence of LSD prior to it being discovered. Depending on how the drug was found, your lawyer may also argue that you were subject to an illegal search and seizure by law enforcement. This could result in the nullification of evidence found during the search, leaving the prosecution without a solid case.
Someone who is in possession of more than one gram of LSD may be charged with LSD trafficking. Although many people believe that trafficking involves transporting drugs, this crime may or may not involve the movement of LSD across borders. In actuality, the amount of LSD that has been found, and whether that amount is more or less than one gram, is the key difference between simple possession and trafficking. This means that if you have just slightly more than one gram of LSD in your possession, regardless of whether it was intended for personal use or to give to someone else, you will be charged with trafficking instead of possession.
The trafficking of LSD is a very serious crime, and the penalties that come with a conviction reflect that. If you are convicted of trafficking between one and five grams of LSD, you will face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years and a $50,000 fine. In cases that involve five to seven grams, the mandatory minimum sentence rises to seven years, and the fine increases to $100,000. On the upper end of the spectrum, a person convicted of trafficking more than seven grams of LSD will serve a mandatory minimum sentence of fifteen years and be required to pay a $500,000 fine.
In the most extreme LSD trafficking cases, it is possible to receive a capital felony conviction. Trafficking may be considered a capital felony when someone has imported more than seven grams of LSD into the state, even though they knew that these actions would probably cause another person’s death. This type of capital felony is punishable by life imprisonment or even by the death penalty in Florida.
How Will My Lawyer Argue My Case?
When someone is facing LSD crime charges, there are a number of potential defenses that an attorney may consider. Each of these defenses will aim to debunk some aspect of the prosecution’s argument. For instance, because the prosecution will depend largely on your knowledge of the drug’s presence, it is common for an attorney to defend a client on the basis of lack of awareness.
The good news is that the prosecution has an uphill battle to prove multiple points beyond a reasonable doubt. To call one or more of these points into question, here are some arguments that your defense attorney might make:
- That you did not know the LSD was present on your person or in your space and/or that you did not know the drug was illegal.
- That someone else had access to the place where the LSD was found, and therefore you did not have full control over the drug.
- That you had only momentary or transitory possession of the LSD and never had complete control over it.
- That you were coerced into an illegal search and seizure and that the evidence found during that search is not allowed to be used in court.
Contact The Morris Firm Today
If you have been accused of possessing or trafficking LSD, do not delay to obtain the representation you need. When it comes to building a strong defense against Florida drug crime charges, time is truly of the essence. With the proper time and preparation, a skilled attorney can maximize your chances of avoiding a drastic sentence.
The Morris Firm has experience with thousands of drug crimes cases and has formed ties with the Pensacola legal community that have proven beneficial to many of our clients. Our criminal defense attorneys are ready to start helping you at any time. Call (850) 503-2626 to schedule a consultation with a member of our team today.