Florida Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers
Drug trafficking is the criminal offense of illegal trade and importation of controlled substances such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamines, and other types of illegal substances with the intention of use or distribution. Drug trafficking offenses are classified as felonies and carry stiff penalties ranging from a $25,000 fine and 3 years in state prison to a $500,000 and 25 or more years in state prison.
The attorneys at LeavenLaw in St. Petersburg have extensive experience in drug trafficking crimes and successful techniques for their defense. Due to the complex and sometimes violent nature of drug trafficking offenses, our criminal defense attorneys’ knowledge and experience with drug trafficking crimes is vital.
In order for a drug search to be legal, the law enforcement agency or officers must have a warrant or probable cause (reasonable belief of guilt – more than mere suspicion.) This is where many successful drug trafficking defenses are built; when these rules are not observed and a person’s rights are violated. Proof of an unwarranted search could result in the suppression of drug evidence and could make all the difference in the outcome of a case.
Drug Trafficking in Florida
With its miles and miles of coastline, numerous seaports and international airports – not to mention its proximity to Cuba and South America – Florida is a key spot for drug trafficking in the United States. A drug trafficking conviction can lead to a variety of penalties, depending upon the type and amount of drug or drugs involved.
- Cannabis (marijuana) or cocaine: depending upon the amount, may lead to a sentence of up to 15 years in state prison and a $250,000 fine.
- Heroin: depending upon the amount, may end in a sentence of up to 25 years and a $500,000 fine.
Have you been accused of drug trafficking in Tampa or St. Petersburg? Contact us today! (855) 532-8365