Orlando Drug Trafficking Lawyer
Over the last six years, drug use and drug overdose deaths have seen an increase in the United States. The state of Florida takes drug trafficking seriously and it is known for its tough stance against drug dealers. A person caught with as little as four grams of an opioid can receive a minimum of three years in prison and a fine of $50,000.
If you have been charged with drug trafficking in Florida, your top priority should be fighting for your freedom. Criminal charges can ruin a person’s reputation and bankrupt them. A person with felony drug trafficking charges against them may have difficulty finding employment after a long stretch of prison time.
You need a trained and tenacious attorney to represent you when you go to court. You really need an attorney that will fight for your life. Our team of experienced criminal lawyers and legal assistance will work hard to get charges against you dropped or reduced.
We represent defendants who have been accused of everything from marijuana sales to methamphetamine manufacturing. We know the law, we have experiences with these types of cases, and we fight for our clients as though their lives depended on it.
What to do When You are Arrested
It is natural to be nervous when the police pull you over or show up at your door for any reason. You should always be polite to law enforcement officers. Remember that you do not have to answer any of their questions even if you feel that you have nothing to hide. It is always a good idea to talk to your lawyer before answering questions and have your lawyer present when the police interview you. You have rights. You should invoke them. Tell the officers that your want to speak to your attorney and that you will not waive any of your constitutional rights.
Penalties for Drug Trafficking
It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with drug laws in the Sunshine State and the penalties that come with them.
Criminal Penalties for Trafficking of Marijuana in Orlando
Although attitudes and laws pertaining to marijuana have changed in America, recreational pot is still illegal in Florida. Earlier this year activists gave up on a ballot proposal that would have legalized recreational pot in the state. Laws have been modified and you have to be in possession of quite a lot of the popular plant to warrant trafficking charges.
If a person is caught with 25 pounds or more of marijuana, or more than 300 plants, they will be charged with first-degree felony trafficking. A conviction can result in a minimum of three years in jail and a fine of at least $25,000. If a person is convicted of possession of more than 2000 pounds of pot, they will go to jail for at least seven years and pay a fine of at least $50,000. If a person possesses over 10,000 pounds of marijuana, they will face 15 years in jail and a fine of $200,000.
Defenses to Charges of Marijuana Trafficking in Florida
There are a few common defenses that attorneys employ in drug trafficking cases.
The constitution protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. If police officers do not follow protocol when they arrest a suspect, an attorney may be able to get the charges against a defendant reduced or dismissed with certain motions and evidentiary hearings such as a motion to suppress. If the police baited you into buying or consuming drugs, this may be considered entrapment. Attorney Rahul Y. Parikh is a former prosecutor who has defended countless individuals charged with drug crimes ranging from simple possession to trafficking large amounts. If you are facing a drug possession charge, and especially a drug trafficking charge, you need an aggressive, experienced attorney who will fight for your life. Parikh Law, P.A. has earned a reputation of aggressive, VIP, service to all of its clients. Check reviews online and then give us a call at 321-558-2704.
Orlando GHB Trafficking Penalties
GHB is a depressant that was used to treat narcolepsy and other sleep conditions. It loosens inhibitions and can create a feeling of euphoria. It can cause dizziness, blackouts and even death. In the 1980s, bodybuilders used it to help them reach their goals more quickly. However, the drug had dangerous side effects, and it is now illegal.
If you are in possession of more than 1 gram of GHB, you can be charged with first degree felony trafficking. You can face a minimum of three years in jail and fines of $50,000. The fines and jail time only go up from there. A person convicted of possessing more than 10 kilograms of the drug will face 15 years in jail and a fine of $250,000.
Heroin Trafficking Penalties
Heroin is a deadly drug and the penalties for selling it in Florida are high. If a person is in possession of more than 4 grams of heroin, they will be charged with felony trafficking in the first degree and the minimum sentence is 3 years in jail and $50,000 in fines.
Florida has a history of taking on drug cartels and organized criminals in general. If a person is convicted of trafficking over 28 grams of heroin, they will go to jail for at least 25 years and pay half a million dollars in fines.
If you are accused of heroin or morphine possession, you will need an Orlando drug trafficking lawyer to argue on your behalf.
MDMA Trafficking Penalties
MDMA or ecstasy, as it is known on the street, is a synthetic drug that acts as both a hallucinogenic and a stimulant. If you are convicted of trafficking more than 10 grams of MDMA, you can face up to 3 years in jail and a fine of $50,000.
Hydrocodone Trafficking Penalties
Hydrocodone is a legally prescribed pain medication, but it is also a popular street drug. A person convicted of felony trafficking of hydrocodone may face anywhere from 3 to 25 years in prison.
Trafficking Methamphetamine Penalties
Crystal Meth is one of the deadliest and most addictive drugs on the street. If you are convicted of possessing more than 14 grams of meth, you will face at least 3 years in jail and a fine of $50,000.
What qualifies as drug trafficking?
Drug Trafficking charges are based largely on the amount of any drug that is in your possession. It has little to do with being caught in the act of selling a particular substance. This cannot be stressed enough. Often people say things like “the cops have no evidence that I was selling it.” That may be, but they can still move forward with sever charges based on the type and amount of drugs in your possession.
What Amount of Drugs Is Considered Drug Trafficking?
The amount of a drug that makes your charges go from a possession charge to a trafficking charge varies based on the type of drug. Your attorney will be able to tell you if trafficking charges were warranted in your case. Call us at 321-558-2704.
What Class Felony is Drug Trafficking?
Drug trafficking is a first-degree felony in the state of Florida.
What are the Consequences of Drug Trafficking?
The consequences of drug trafficking in Florida include jail or prison time and large fines. You will also have a felony on your record for a long time. This may affect your rights as a parent, a voter and a worker.
No matter what the charges are against you, we will thoroughly research your case, and the laws pertaining to it. We will communicate with you regularly and work hard to work out a plea deal for you or attack the case if it has weaknesses. We know how important having you at home is to your family and how important freedom is to you. Call our Orlando drug crimes lawyer now at 321-558-2704.