Tampa Drug Crime Defense Attorneys
Our Florida Drug Charge Lawyers Help Clients Facing Any Charge
Florida has some of the harshest 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 substances can include:
If you or someone you know was charged with a drug crime, it is essential 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.
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When an individual commits a drug-related crime involving a controlled substance named under Section 893.03 of the Florida Statutes, he or she commits a felony of the second or third degree, or a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Here are some examples of the drugs listed:
- Synthetic cannabinoids
- Psilocybin (aka Mushrooms)
Under Section 893.13 of the Florida Statutes, if a person sells, manufactures, delivers, possesses with the intent to sell, manufactures or delivers certain controlled substances listed in Sec. 893.03, this is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
Generally speaking, the above “prohibited acts” can lead to third degree or second degree felony charges, or first degree misdemeanor charges depending on the “type” of drug involved. For example, when the drug offense involves a controlled substance named or described under Section 893.03(5), the offense is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Florida Misdemeanor Drug Charges
Schedule V drugs under Sec. 893.03(5) are substances, compounds, mixtures, or preparations that have a “low potential for abuse” and they have accepted medical uses in the United States.
Controlled substances listed in Sec. 893.03(5) include:
If a drug offense is charged as a misdemeanor of the first degree, it is punishable by up to one year in jail, and/or a $1,000 fine.
Florida Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Crimes
The state of Florida has some of the harshest mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes. These rules must be followed by courts and can result in harsh jail sentences even if a person has no prior drug or criminal history. Essentially, mandatory minimums require someone to serve a certain amount of time in jail, even if the judge overseeing a case doesn’t believe they deserve such a sentence.
Recently, Florida law makers have sought to modify these mandatory minimums. They’ve acknowledged that the harsh laws can result in low-level offenders spending excessive time in the state's prison system, which is one of the largest in the nation. The strict laws for mandatory minimums for drug crimes came when the state was trying to be tough on drug lords. Yet, many legal experts assert that the laws resulted in minor offenders receiving severe sentences as drug traffickers.
If you’re facing a drug charge that falls under current Florida mandatory minimum rules, you need the help of our Tampa drug crimes lawyers. While nothing guarantees and outcome of your case, having our team in your corner means you’ll have experienced help protecting your future and fighting these notoriously harsh laws.
Our Tampa Drug Crimes Law Firm Will Fight for Your Rights
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 our legal team at 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.
- We provide individualized attention to every client.
- We are prepared, around the clock, to fight for your rights.
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In Florida, drug crimes can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the details of the case. For example, the type of drug alone can determine the course of a case. Meaning, some types of controlled substances are considered more serious, or more dangerous than others; therefore, drug crimes related to those substances can incur heftier penalties for the accused.
The following are examples of drug crimes:
- Possession - The penalties vary depending on the amount and type of drug. Less than 20 grams of marijuana is a first-degree misdemeanor, 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 paraphernalia or materials, the law enforcement may deem they were only in possession of the drugs because they intended to sell or distribute it.
- Cultivation - The growing of illegal drugs and controlled substances. 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 drugs.
- Trafficking - Trafficking is the selling, purchasing, manufacturing, and delivering of drugs. This could be local, across state lines, or even internationally. Penalties for this can be severe and can range into the hundreds of thousands of fines, as well as jail time.
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 substantial fines, and attend mandatory drug and alcohol treatment.
Due to the severity of the legal consequences involved, it is always advisable that a person seek out the services of a knowledgeable Tampa drug crime defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Drug crimes range in degree of severity, but generally speaking, they follow a similar criminal process. View our latest video to learn more about how these cases typically operate.
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