Sarasota Drug Trafficking Attorney
Experienced Defense Against Drug Trafficking Charges in Sarasota County
The Law Office of Wyndel G. Darville, PLLC, proudly serves as your trusted Sarasota drug trafficking lawyer. In the complex landscape of drug trafficking crimes in Florida, we understand the challenges of intricate legislation and regulations. The mere sale of an illicit substance or illegal drug does not exclusively determine drug trafficking charges. Instead, the focus lies on the quantity of the substance discovered in your possession at the time of arrest. This ambiguous yet remarkably precise definition often leads to individuals facing drug trafficking charges, despite lacking the intent to sell or distribute substances. With our unwavering commitment to justice and extensive expertise, we are dedicated to providing you with the legal representation you deserve. Turn to us for steadfast support in navigating these complex legal matters.
Are you facing drug trafficking charges in Florida? Call The Law Office of Wyndel G. Darville, PLLC today at (941) 564-5319 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our drug trafficking lawyer in Sarasota!
What are the Penalties for Drug Trafficking in Florida?
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 during the arrest, the heavier the consequences. No matter what substance is in question, you will most likely 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
Defenses to Drug Trafficking Charges
When facing drug trafficking charges in Florida, exploring all possible defenses to protect your rights and build a strong case is essential. Here are some common defenses that can be utilized:
- Unlawful Search and Seizure: If law enforcement conducted an illegal search or seizure without a valid warrant or probable cause, evidence obtained during the search may be deemed inadmissible in court. This defense is based on your Fourth Amendment rights protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures.
- Lack of Possession: Drug trafficking charges often require proving that you had actual or constructive possession of the drugs. If it can be demonstrated that you had no knowledge or control over the drugs, this defense can be employed.
- Entrapment: If law enforcement officers induced or coerced you into committing a drug trafficking offense that you otherwise would not have committed, the defense of entrapment may be applicable.
- Insufficient Evidence: Challenging the prosecution's evidence and arguments can be an effective defense strategy. This may involve attacking the credibility of witnesses, questioning the chain of custody of the drugs, or highlighting gaps or inconsistencies in the evidence presented.
- Constitutional Violations: If your constitutional rights were violated during the arrest or investigation process, such as denial of the right to an attorney or failure to provide Miranda warnings, these violations can be used to suppress evidence or weaken the prosecution's case.
- Mistaken Identity: If there is reasonable doubt that you were involved in the drug trafficking offense, asserting a mistaken identity defense can cast doubt on the prosecution's case.
- Lack of Intent: If it can be shown that you did not possess the requisite intent to engage in drug trafficking, such as having the drugs for personal use or unknowingly being in possession of the drugs, this defense can be used.
It is crucial to consult with an experienced Sarasota drug trafficking attorney to assess the specific circumstances of your case and determine the most appropriate defense strategy for your situation.
Contact Our Sarasota Drug Trafficking Lawyer Today
With over a decade of service in the United States Army and Army Reserve and more than 17 years of experience as a military criminal defense attorney and prosecutor, I bring a wealth of expertise and a steadfast commitment to my clients. Grounded in the principles of discipline instilled by my military background, I have consistently achieved success by fiercely advocating for those who rely on my defense. My unwavering dedication to protecting my clients stems from my sincere belief that everyone deserves a strong defense when facing legal challenges. With a proven track record of serving clients in need, I am here to fight for your rights and provide the exceptional representation you deserve.
Contact The Law Office of Wyndel G. Darville today to schedule a FREE consultation with our drug trafficking attorney in Sarasota!
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