Orlando Drug Crime Attorneys
Representation for Charges of Trafficking, Possession, Distribution, and More
If you or someone you know has been charged with a drug offense such as drug trafficking, drug possession, or drug distribution, you need to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The criminal defense team at NeJame Law possesses the knowledge, skill, and experience needed to represent and defend you in court for any drug-related offense. Our team of attorneys has handled literally thousands of drug cases.
Drug offenses are taken very seriously and can be charged and prosecuted under either federal or state law, or sometimes even both. State and federal laws are increasingly providing for tough prosecution on drug trafficking, drug possession, and other drug-related offenses, and the criminal penalties can at times be quite harsh. Drug trafficking cases in Florida carry mandatory minimum sentences that range from three years to 25 years, even for a first-time offender. Florida drug laws are among some of the harshest in the country. Even relatively minor drug charges, such as possession, possession with intent, and delivery of a small amount of drugs, can sometimes carry serious penalties upon conviction and have an impact over your personal, family, and professional life.
Drug Crimes in Florida
- Possession: Includes temporary possession for the purpose of verification or testing, irrespective of dominion or control. Among the most common cases of drug possession are marijuana possession cases.
- Delivery: “Deliver” or “delivery” means the actual, constructive, or attempted transfer from one person to another of a controlled substance, whether or not there is an agency relationship.
- Trafficking cannabis: Any person who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state, or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of, in excess of 25 pounds of cannabis, or 300 or more cannabis plants, commits a felony of the first degree, which felony shall be known as “trafficking in cannabis.”
- Trafficking cocaine: Any person who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state, or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of, 28 grams or more of cocaine, or of any mixture containing cocaine, but less than 150 kilograms of cocaine or any such mixture, commits a felony of the first degree, which felony shall be known as “trafficking in cocaine.”
- Trafficking heroin: Any person who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state, or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of four grams or more of any morphine, opium, hydromorphone, or any derivative thereof, including heroin, commits a felony of the first degree. If the amount is over four grams but less than 14 grams, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of three years. If the amount is between 14 and 28 grams, a mandatory minimum of 15 years applies. If the amount is over 28 grams but less than 30 kilograms, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison. There are also mandatory fines, depending on the weight of the heroin. Trafficking over 30 kilograms carries a mandatory life sentence.
Paraphernalia: It is unlawful for any person to use, or to possess with intent to use,
- (a) To plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, or conceal a controlled substance; or
- (b) To inject, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance.
- Manufacturing: Means the production, preparation, propagation, compounding, cultivating, growing, conversion, or processing of a controlled substance, either directly or indirectly, by extraction from substances of natural origin, or independently by means of chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis, and includes any packaging of the substance or labeling or relabeling of its container, except that this term does not include the preparation, compounding, packaging, or labeling of a controlled substance.
- Cultivation: Means the preparation of any soil or hydroponic medium for the planting of a controlled substance or the tending and care or harvesting of a controlled substance.
- Conspiracy: A person who agrees, conspires, combines, or confederates with another person or persons to commit any offense, commits the offense of criminal conspiracy.
Drug Offenses in Florida - Legal Consequences
Penalties for drug-related crimes in Florida may be very serious and can greatly vary depending on previous convictions and on the offense level of the current crime, which is why it is very important that you contact an experienced lawyer at NeJame Law. If this is your first drug offense or your offense is a simple drug possession, you may be eligible for different programs that will allow your charges to be dropped by the state or dismissed by the court. Otherwise, penalties can include anything from probation, attending a drug treatment program, or mandatory jail time. Jail time can range from a few months to life in prison. Sometimes the state can even pursue the death penalty if the offender intentionally kills another person during the course of a drug enterprise.
Drug-Related Crimes - Defense
Even if the police find drugs directly in a person's possession, the drugs and other evidence could be suppressed (thrown away) if the police did not follow the proper procedures required under the U.S. Constitution. One of the first things our lawyers look for when defending someone accused of a drug offense is whether the police acted in a legal manner. Other defenses include areas such as whether the actual weight of the substance was correct when allowing for hydration, whether the chemical composition of the substance was correct as charged, whether there was joint or constructive possession of the substance which could subject the case to a motion to dismiss and whether the accused was entrapped into committing the offense by law enforcement or one of its informants.
The defense of drug-related crimes can be difficult and complex and requires an attorney with special skills, experience, and knowledge. The lawyers from our firm are highly qualified to defend your case. Whether it is identifying a drug addiction issue with our clients so that we may assist in getting them treatment or counseling, negotiating a fair resolution in an effort to have charges or a sentence reduced, or preparing and taking a case to trial, an attorney from NeJame Law is available to assist and defend you. We have handled literally thousands of drug cases and our lawyers have over 100 years of combined drug case experience.
We handle all types of drug-related offenses, from the less severe, like simple possession of a small amount of certain drugs, to the more serious ones, such as participating in an organized drug trafficking business with sale, distribution, and manufacturing activities. We also defend charges involving controlled substances such as marijuana, crack, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine (meth), hallucinogens such as LSD, oxycontin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Xanax, and Rohypnol club drugs, as well as paraphernalia. We represent all levels of people charged with drug offenses, from the student or small-time person to the professional medical doctor or person accused of being a large-scale distributor or trafficker.
As extremely experienced lawyers in criminal law at both the federal and state levels and having partners who were also top former state and federal drug prosecutors, we are well aware of the strategies, theories, and methods employed by prosecutors when they prosecute a drug case. We use this knowledge to our clients’ advantage while defending their cases to get the best possible outcome on their behalf.
We are proud to represent and care about our clients. We know the devastation that a drug conviction, addiction, or incarceration for a drug offense can bring to an individual or their family. We will answer your questions and guide you through this stressful process, work to take away the confusion and uncertainty that comes with drug offense charges, and seek the outcome most favorable for you or your loved one.
Contact a Drug Offense Lawyer in Florida
If you have been charged with drug distribution, drug possession, drug trafficking, or any other drug-related crime, contact NeJame Law immediately.