Tampa Drug Crimes Lawyer
Prosecution for drug crimes continues to intensify, as illegal drugs become more of a societal problem. State Attorneys often take a hard stance on drug prosecutions, particularly when the sale or trafficking of drugs is involved. Unfortunately for many, these stepped-up law enforcement efforts often lead to innocent people being charged with crimes they did not commit and low-level drug offenders facing substantial penalties – including mandatory prison sentences – unless they cooperate with law enforcement or plead guilty. Tampa drug crime lawyer Donald C. Barrett has successfully represented many clients charged with a variety of drug offenses, from drug trafficking to simple possession.
A Quick Look at Florida Drug Crimes
While some drug crimes are misdemeanors, the majority of drug crimes are felony offenses. Common drug crime charges include:
Possession – This offense can be charged if you are found to be in actual physical possession of an illegal substance, or if drugs are found in a place that only you have access to (constructive possession).
Possession with Intent to Sell – Prosecutors may charge this more serious crime based solely on the amount of drugs involved and not on any other evidence that the defendant actually intended to sell drugs. Prosecutors may charge “possession with intent” with the hope that the defendant will plead guilty to a lesser possession offense.
Drug Trafficking – Drug trafficking can be charged if one merely possesses a certain amount of a particular drug. The law does not require proof that the person is actually selling the drug. Drug trafficking carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence, the length of which varies depending on the type and amount of the drug.
Florida Marijuana and Methamphetamine Laws
While marijuana has been legalized in certain areas of the country, possession of marijuana remains illegal in Florida (outside of medical marijuana). Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor, while possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana is a felony. Depending on the amount possessed, one can also be charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell or trafficking in marijuana.
Drug Crime Charges can be Defended
There are many potential ways to defend against drug charges. Law enforcement may have violated your constitutional rights or engaged in entrapment. Also, being found in possession of drugs is not necessarily a crime if you have a valid prescription or you did not know the drugs were in your possession. Facts such as these can be developed and presented by a skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, which can help lead to a favorable resolution of your case.
Diversion may be Appropriate
For some people, entering into Drug Court – where they can receive treatment and avoid a conviction – is the most favorable result. Attorney Donald C. Barrett will evaluate your case and your circumstances and discuss with you whether seeking drug court diversion is preferable to fighting charges in criminal court.
Get Immediate Help after a Tampa Drug Crime Arrest
Tampa Bay drug crimes lawyer Donald C. Barrett has successfully represented people charged with a variety of drug crimes, including trafficking, cultivating, delivery, sale, possession with intent to sell, fraudulent prescriptions and possession. For immediate assistance and professional representation after an arrest on Tampa drug charges, call Donald C. Barrett, P.A. for a free consultation at 813-280-1201.