Tampa Drug Possession Attorneys
Drug possession is the criminal act of possessing illegal drugs for personal use, distribution, sale, or any other activity. Florida takes a tough stance on drug crimes. If you are found to be in possession of an illegal drug or controlled substance, you can expect to face strict punishments.
Penalties for the Possession of Drugs
Penalties vary depending on the type of drug and the amount.
Common drugs that law enforcement officers come across include:
To illustrate how penalties can vary, consider this: if you are found with 20 grams or less of marijuana, you will face a first-degree misdemeanor and run the risk of a year in jail along with a $1,000 fine. If you, however, have 20+ grams, you will be charged with a third-degree felony and will face such penalties as up to 5 years in jail along with $5000 in monetary fines.
As each individual situation is unique, it is always advised that you contact a Tampa drug defense attorney for specific information.
"How Do I Get my Possession Charges Dismissed?"
Defendants under specific circumstances could qualify for Florida's innovative Pre-Trial Intervention Program. The PTI Program is a supervised program that is similar to probation—defendants will be required to report to a supervisor on a monthly basis, complete community service and counseling or treatment, and pay certain supervisory fees.
If the defendant successfully completes the program, their possession charges are dismissed.
However, PTI is only available to certain defendants. If you were arrested for drug possession, you're only eligible for PTI if you're either a first offender or have only one nonviolent conviction on your record. Additionally, the charge must be a second- or third-degree felony possession charge at most—no first-degree felony charges will be eligible for PTI dismissal. If you meet those conditions (and you convince the judge to allow you into the program), you may be able to get your charges dismissed.
The key here is convincing the judge of your eligibility—something that a Tampa drug possession lawyer would be able to handle. Understanding the law, the court, and even the judge in your case is vital to successfully getting a dismissal or a lower conviction. Your best chance for survival, whatever it is, is more likely with a drug possession attorney at your side.
The Benefit of a Pre-Trial Intervention Dismissal
Dismissal of your charges protects your job (or your ability to find a job in the future). Dismissal protects your ability to find safe, affordable housing. Dismissal protects your ability to get an education and advance your career. Dismissal protects your future. If there's a remote chance that you could get a dismissal, you should fight tooth-and-nail to take that opportunity. Our Tampa drug possession lawyers will help you take hold of that opportunity.
That alone is worth calling Thomas & Paulk, P.A. for a review of your case.
If you have recently been charged with drug possession, it is imperative that you do not hesitate to secure the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney. It is important to protect your rights at all costs and when you work with our criminal lawyers, you can be confident that your best interests will always be prioritized. At Thomas & Paulk we have more than two decades of combined legal experience behind us and have successfully secured multiple charge dismissals and reductions over the years.
Characteristics that set us apart in our field include:
- We are former police officers and prosecutors
- We have handled over 7,000 criminal cases
We have the knowledge and resources you need to successfully combat the charges being held against you. With a reputation for tenacious legal support, we will do everything in our power to bring you the result you deserve.
For a free consultation, contact our office today! We know the laws and know defenses we can advance on your behalf.
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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