Florida takes drug crimes very seriously. Nearly all drug crimes are considered felonies, and the penalties for conviction are steep. Lobb & Mohr in Bartow represents those accused in the greater Lakeland-Winter Haven metro areas of a broad range of drug crimes, including:
Depending on the circumstances of the arrest, a person can also be charged with DUI/DWI if they are operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs. Our lawyers provide skilled, judgment-free legal representation for those accused of drug crimes and DUI charges.
The most common drug crimes in Florida are drug possession and drug trafficking.
The crime of drug possession is simply having a controlled substance on your person or in your house or vehicle at the time of a search, and depending on the drug and the amount, this could be a misdemeanor or felony charge. Possession with the intent to sell, however, is a felony. Possession with intent to sell is evidenced by a higher amount of drugs than what’s needed for personal use. Having baggies, scales and a lot of cash also can be used as evidence of intent to sell.
“Drug trafficking” sounds like it refers to a massive international operation, perhaps like what we see in movies. In law, though, drug trafficking is the intentional delivery, manufacture, possession, purchase, sale or transporting of a certain amount of a substance. In other words, if a person is caught with amounts of drugs that indicate more than simple personal use, he or she can be charged with drug trafficking. Specifically, possession of the following amounts of these drugs qualifies as trafficking under Florida law:
According to Florida drug law, possession of more than 10 grams of any controlled substance is a felony drug crime, making nearly all drug crimes felonies. The penalties for felony convictions are severe and include steep fines, more than one year in jail and a significant loss of societal privileges.
Drug crimes involve illegal drugs and prescription drugs. The type of charge and the penalty for a drug crime conviction vary depending on the substance involved and the amount possessed. If police find evidence of a large quantity of drugs, more than just for personal use, the charges could be trumped up beyond possession to intent to distribute, sell and traffic in illegal or prescription drugs.
The penalties for a drug conviction can extend far beyond simple fines and jail time. Someone convicted of a Florida drug crime could face:
Most drug crime arrests are the result of a hasty search conducted without a search warrant. Mounting a strong defense to drug crime charges involves examining the circumstances of the traffic stop or the search, because if we can show that the search violated a person’s Fourth Amendment rights, the search and everything obtained therein cannot be used as evidence.
There are many other possibilities for a robust defense against drug charges, and our experienced felony and misdemeanor criminal defense lawyers can discuss them in more detail as they pertain to your specific case during a free consultation.
Drug charges have the potential to seriously damage a person’s future. Criminal defense lawyers William Lobb and Nicholas Mohr at Lobb & Mohr bring 38 years of combined courtroom experience in misdemeanors and felonies. We represent clients throughout Polk and Hardee counties. Call 863-410-0134 or contact us online today to schedule your free initial consultation.