Plantation Drug Crimes Attorney
Broward County Drug Crimes Attorney
Florida drug laws and federal laws outlaw the cultivation or manufacture of certain controlled substances, as well as their purchase, sale or distribution. Penalties for violating drug crimes can be severe. Many come with outrageously high fines along with lengthy prison sentences. Persons arrested or convicted for drug crimes also often find their property seized and sold out from under them due to state and federal asset forfeiture laws.
Drug Conviction Penalties are Harsh
The government outlaws the possession or distribution of a long list of substances, from street drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, to prescription drugs such as Oxycontin and other painkillers which are acquired or sold without a valid prescription.
Trafficking in marijuana, cocaine and other substances can be charged as a first degree felony under Florida law, with different penalties on conviction depending on the amount of drugs involved. Punishments can be as high as 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine or even life in prison without parole. There is even a capital felony of trafficking in cocaine when a death occurs in connection with the offense, leaving a convicted offender subject to the death penalty. In the federal system, even a first-time conviction could result in a 40-year prison sentence with a two million dollar fine thrown in for good measure.
Help is Available for Drug Crime Arrests
Fortunately, there are often several defenses available in a drug crime arrest. The Constitution requires that all searches and seizures must be reasonable. In most cases, probable cause or a warrant is required to conduct a search, and any search must be justified at its inception and reasonable in its scope. Many stops that lead to drug arrests are questionable to begin with and may be based on racial profiling or other unconstitutional practices. And unless the police actually observed a drug transaction take place, the identification of the suspect and other witness testimony may be questionable regarding its accuracy or truthfulness.
Carl H. Lida provides a vigorous criminal defense against drug charges using every applicable defense. In addition, if the person arrested has an actual drug problem, we may be able to secure treatment for substance abuse through the Felony Drug Court Program or other forms of alternative sentencing that avoid actual jail time for individuals struggling with addiction. In Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Miami and surrounding areas, contact Carl H. Lida for advice and assistance with an arrest on drug charges.