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Drug Crimes in Florida

By Thomas & Paulk  Sep. 28, 2010 11:14a

Have you or a loved one been accused of a drug crime in the Tampa area? Many people "think" that merely possessing illicit drugs for personal use isn't a big deal. They are dead wrong. The state of Florida takes drug crimes very seriously and has strict drug prohibition laws.

Drug laws are some of the harshest in the criminal justice system.  Drug offenses range from possession, sale, manufacturing to distribution. The penalties for drug crime offenses vary depending on the type of drug and the amount. It is imperative that you have the assistance of a skilled criminal defense lawyer fighting to protect your rights.

Some Illegal or Controlled Substances

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroine
  • Ecstasy
  • LSD
  • Methamphetamines (crystal meth)

Possession or sale of prescription painkillers and stimulants such as Oxycodone, Vicodin and Xanax without a prescription are also illegal in the state of Florida and such offenses are punishable to the full extent of the law.

Penalties for Drug Crimes

Drug crimes fall into the categories of misdemeanors or felonies. Penalties can depend on the type of drug, the quantity and whether or not the charge is considered a trafficking offense. The state of Florida requires minimum mandatory sentences for many drug crimes in addition to heavy fines.

These crimes are a violation of federal and state laws and these offenses can result in probation, prison and participation in a court-ordered drug treatment program. In addition, the state of Florida allows for the forfeiture of property. That means you risk the possibility of losing your car, your boat, your money, your home and your land.

In Your Defense

If you have been charged with a drug crime, the evidence against you can feel overwhelming. At Thomas & Paulk, we are experienced in defending clients who have been accused of drug crimes in Tampa and surrounding areas. If evidence was obtained by an illegal search and seizure that violated your rights based on the Fourth Amendment, which protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures, it is inadmissible in court. We are fully versed in the laws pertaining to drug crimes and are prepared to pick apart the prosecution's case against you.  We will examine your case and challenge how the evidence was obtained by the police. 

Contact a Tampa Drug Crimes Attorney at our firm today for a free, in depth consultation about your case.

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