Sarasota Drug Trafficking Attorney
Retain an Experienced Drug Crime Lawyer!
Drug trafficking crimes in Florida are affected by complicated legislation and regulations. Selling an illicit substance or illegal drug is not the root of drug trafficking charges. Instead, the law is concerned with how much of a substance is found in your possession at the time of your arrest. Due to this vague yet strangely precise way of defining what constitutes drug trafficking, many people are charged with this drug crime every year despite having zero intent to sell or distribute any substances.
Penalties for Drug Trafficking
Law enforcement agents need to know what you were allegedly trafficking before the potential penalties of a conviction can be determined. Some substances carry harsher penalties than others. Additionally, the more found at the time of arrest, the heavier the consequences. No matter what substance is in question, you are most likely going to get hit by a first degree felony.
Penalties that you could expect if convicted of drug trafficking include:
- Years in prison (mandatory minimum)
- $5,000 and up in fines
- Additional years of probation
Potential Defenses to Your Charges
At my law firm, we truly believe that no one should be judged for a crime without first being represented by a professional Sarasota criminal defense attorney. We also understand that there are always viable defenses to charges. By not ruling anything out and utilizing all available avenues, we may be able to have your charges reduced or dropped, or have the case dismissed entirely.
Defenses we may be able to use in your drug trafficking case include:
- Entrapment: Sometimes the police get too zealous to capture offenders and actually take steps to encourage them to commit crimes.
- Unlawful: Did the police have suitable reason to search and seize your property? If not, the Fourth Amendment may have been violated.
- Personal use: Bargaining for a reduced sentence on the grounds that the illegal drugs were just for your own personal use could reduce your charges from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Protect Yourself with an Army Veteran
I served more than a decade in the United States Army and Army Reserve. I also have more than 17 years of experience as a military criminal defense attorney and prosecutor. I was able to find success throughout these years by staying true to my military-taught discipline and committing myself to my clients, protecting them as I would defend anyone in need.
Carrying a Concealed Firearm Charge Dropped
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Criminal Use of Personal Identification Information Full Acquittal
Client was accused of using personal identification information of third person for purposes of harassment. The Client was put on trial and the State introduced evidence of the alleged offense...
Domestic Battery Case Dismissed
Client was charged for a physical altercation with his wife. Upon further investigation by the defense time, we were able to show the prosecution, that it the client was acting in self-defense...
DUI Property Damage Case Dismissed
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Felony Driving Under the Influence - 3rd DUI Incarceration Avoided
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Misdemeanor DUI Charge Reduced
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Stolen Property, Providing False Information, and Misdemeanor Violation of Probation Charges Dropped
Client was charged with Dealing in Stolen Property for allegedly stealing and selling his girlfriend’s laptop computer. While investigators successfully obtained the necessary documentary...