Tampa Drug Crime Lawyer
Arrested for a drug-related crime?
Florida has some of the toughest penalties in the nation for drug offenders. The state's mandatory minimum sentences are harsh. Even carrying a prescription medication like hydrocodone without proof of a valid prescription could warrant a minimum three-year sentence. A drug crime can include the possession, manufacturing or distribution of drugs classified as having a potential for abuse. These illegal substances can include:
- Unauthorized Prescription Medications
If you or someone you know was charged with a drug crime, it is important that you secure legal representation immediately. If you are looking for a Tampa drug crime defense lawyer, you can count on Thomas & Paulk, P.A. Our team of attorneys are experienced in defending drug crime charges throughout Florida.
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Because drug crimes are such serious offenses, the most important step you can take is to retain the assistance of a skilled and experienced Tampa drug crime attorney. When you come to Thomas & Paulk, you can rest assured you are hiring the cream of the crop.
We are an effective team to represent you because:
- We have over a decade of experience
- We have handled over 7,000 criminal cases
- We have worked as police officers and prosecutors
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Some of the Most Common Drug-Related Crimes:
- Possession: One of the most common crimes is the illegal possession of a controlled substance or illegal drug. The penalties vary depending on the amount and type of drug. For example, it is a first degree misdemeanor to have less than twenty grams of marijuana, punishable with a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
- Possession with Intent: Should the defendant have enough of a drug in their possession, as well as other paraphernalia or materials, the law enforcement may deem that they were only in possession of the drugs because they were intending to sell or distribute it. This is vastly different from possessing for personal use and will have harsher penalties.
- Cultivation: The criminal act of cultivation refers to the growing of illegal drugs and controlled substances. For example, it is considered a criminal act of cultivation to have a "grow house" where marijuana is produced. This is known legally as "manufacture of cannabis" and is considered a third degree felony.
- Manufacturing: Similar to cultivation, manufacturing refers to the illegal production of drugs; however, this is done through heat and chemicals. For example, manufacturing cocaine or having a meth lab would be considered manufacturing and may, depending, be a state or federally prosecuted case.
- Trafficking: One of the severest forms of drug-related crimes is trafficking, which is the selling, purchasing, manufacturing, and delivering of drugs. This could be locally, across state lines, or even internationally. Penalties for this can be severe and can range into the hundreds of thousands for fines, as well as jail time.
- Prescription Drug Crimes: Not all drug crimes relate to drugs such as meth. In some cases, an arrest can happen for the possession or use of a perfectly legal prescription drug should it have been acquired through illegal means, such as prescription fraud or doctor shopping.
In recent years, Florida has become increasingly harsh with both drug crime laws and penalties. Any person who is convicted of a drug crime can expect to spend time in jail, pay large fines and attend mandatory drug and alcohol treatment.
Due to the severity of the legal consequences involved, it is always advisable that a person retain the services of a knowledgeable defense lawyer as soon as possible.
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At Thomas & Paulk, we bring extensive experience in criminal law and have personally handled more than 7,000 criminal cases. This level of hands-on knowledge has earned us attention from our peers to media outlets both on the local and national level. As aggressive litigators, we know what it takes to help defend our clients against conviction, and you can trust that we will do everything possible to see that your future is defended.
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