Drug Trafficking

Tampa Drug Trafficking Attorneys

Defense Attorneys for Drug Trafficking Cases in Tampa, FL

A person charged with drug trafficking is accused of selling, purchasing, manufacturing, or bringing a controlled substance into the state. Typically, trafficking charges mean that a person is being accused of possessing the amount of a drug that exceeds the limits of basic possession. While all Tampa drug crime charges should be taken seriously, no crime is viewed and punished quite as harshly as drug trafficking. 

To ensure your rights are not violated and you are given the edge you need to fight for the best outcome, now is the time to involve a Tampa drug defense attorney.

Penalties for Trafficking Drugs in Florida

Florida has some of the harshest penalties for drug trafficking. They may vary anywhere from 3 years in prison with a fine of $25,000 to 15 years in prison and $200,000 in fines. This means that those facing them should hire an experienced Tampa drug trafficking defense lawyer who can fight to protect their future.

Florida’s Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Florida uses something known as mandatory minimums to punish drug trafficking offenses, as well as other drug-related crimes. These heavy-handed laws were designed to make an example out of drug criminals and deter others from trafficking. However, they often mean that first-time offenders face extreme sentences.

Florida Penalties for Trafficking Heroin

  • 4 to 13 grams: 3 years in prison and a $50,000 fine
  • 14 to 28 grams: 15 years in prison and a $100,000 fine
  • 28 grams to 29 kilograms: 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine

Florida Penalties for Trafficking Cocaine

  • 28 to 199 grams: 3 years in prison and a $50,000 fine
  • 200 to 400 grams: 7 years in prison and a $100,000 fine
  • 400 grams to 149 kilograms: 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine

Florida Penalties for Trafficking Marijuana

  • 25 to 1,999 pounds or 300+ plants: 3 years in prison and a $25,000 fine
  • 2,000 or 9,999 pounds or 2,000+ plants: 7 years in prison and a $50,000 fine
  • 10,000+ pounds or 10,000+ plants: 15 years in prison and a $200,000 fine

Get Help from Our Tampa Drug Trafficking Lawyers Now

Due to the stigma attached to this type of crime, it can be overcharged. Worst of all, many drug trafficking charges are felonies that can change the rest of a person’s life. Penalties will depend on what kind of drug was being trafficked and the amount involved. The penalties will also depend on how involved you were in the alleged drug trafficking operation. As circumstances may vary, it is always advised that you discuss the specifics of your criminal case with a defense attorney you can trust to offer honest, sound insight.

Calling Thomas & Paulk means turning to a team with the dedication and skill required to defend your future. We’re experienced criminal defense lawyers who are always focused on getting the results that clients need. While nothing guarantees the outcome of your case, we can be the team that will aggressively work to protect your rights, defend your freedom, and preserve your future in the face of drug trafficking charges.

Why You Want Thomas & Paulk on Your Side

Drug trafficking is the act of selling, purchasing, manufacturing, and delivering of illegal drugs. Trafficking can take place locally, across state lines, or internationally. Individuals charged with trafficking are not necessarily guilty of drug possession — they just have to be responsible for the drug activity. At our firm, we believe serious criminal charges such as this require serious legal representation. With more than four decades of combined experience, our attorneys have proven ourselves to be hard-hitting defenders.

When so much is at stake, you can count on us to be available around the clock to fight for you. At Thomas & Paulk, our clients always come first. Call (813) 221-4200!