Tampa Drug Crime Attorney
Have you been charged with a drug offense?
When facing accusations related to drug offenses, it is important that you act quickly and retain the services of a skilled Tampa criminal defense lawyer. Our state has very severe penalties for drug offenses and you can be certain that the prosecutor in the case will be seeking to convict you. They have enough evidence that they feel that can; you need an attorney that will fight for your side. Our legal team is exceptionally qualified to defend you in court. We are former prosecutors and have a thorough understanding and insight into the workings of the criminal system with regard to drug crime cases.
Knowing both sides allows the attorney fighting for you to operate within the system capably and make the right moves. The first step is to thoroughly analyze every aspect of the evidence that has been obtained against you. There are an astonishing number of errors in police procedure, including failure to have "probable cause" in the police stop, or overstepping the bounds in a searching you or your premises without a warrant. It is vital that you have a dedicated attorney fighting every aspect of the prosecutor's case against you, and our legal team is prepared to aggressively challenge any point of evidence that is flawed or was illegally gained.
Types of Drug Crimes
Drug crime is an umbrella term that can refer to a number of moderate and serious offenses. In Florida, drug crimes include:
Cultivation / Manufacturing
Cultivation typically refers to growing cannabis (marijuana) plants in hot houses, gardens, etc. Manufacturing refers to the illegal chemical manufacturing of drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Cultivation and manufacturing are more serious than mere possession charges. The extent of these charges and the severity of the sentencing will depend on factors such as the amount of the drug, the type of the drug and any prior offenses.
Drug possession is, generally speaking, considered a lesser offense than trafficking, manufacturing or distribution. In Florida, you can be convicted of drug possession while possessing 20 grams or less of an illegal substance. Under Florida code § 893.13, it is illegal to be in actual possession of any controlled substance listed in Florida code § 893.03.
The selling of drugs or possessing drugs for sale is typically charged as a felony offense in the state of Florida. If the drug is low on the Florida drug schedule, then the offense may be charged as a first degree misdemeanor. There may be additional penalties and more severe sentences for those arrested for selling drugs near schools, places of worship and child care facilities.
Trafficking / Transportation
Drug trafficking and illegal transportation of narcotic drugs for sale are part of the black market. These crimes are prosecuted very severely. Trafficking involves importing drugs into the state of Florida. As a federal offense, trafficking can also involve transporting drugs into the United States from another country. Drug trafficking is a serious felony offense.
Possession of Marijuana
It is a first degree misdemeanor to possess marijuana (less than 20 grams) with the intent to sell. Possession of cannabis with intent to sell is charged more severely the greater the amount of marijuana. Simple possession of marijuana for personal use is a misdemeanor, the sentencing for which can sometimes be substituted for a drug diversion/counseling program.
Taracks Gomez & Rickman: Defending You Against Drug Charges
Even a minor marijuana charge can cause serious difficulties for you if convicted; your criminal record can affect your future employment and reputation. If you are arrested again in the future, you will be considered a "repeat offender" and may face more severe penalties. Any drug offense is dangerous and your actions immediately after the arrest are crucial. Contacting our firm and getting legal counsel to protect your rights can significantly increase the possibility of a favorable outcome in your case, whether a dismissed charge, reduced charge, not guilty verdict or alternative sentencing. It is vital that you do not answer any questions until your attorney arrives to ensure your rights are protected.