FLORIDA Drug Distribution Defense Attorney
HOLLYWOOD Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer
Florida has some of the toughest drug laws in the nation and an arrest on Florida Drug Distribution charges is a serious criminal offense. Even for a first time offender, a drug distribution conviction could lead to years in prison. You can be arrested on Florida Drug Distribution charges if you’re in possession of either the illegal substance or the components used to manufacture the illegal substance. However, there is wide room for interpretation when it comes to intent to manufacture, intent to distribute, and the actual delivery of the drugs to another party.
“Distribution” is a legal term which refers to the act of selling illegal drugs to another person.
Illegal drug distribution includes not only street drugs, such as:
- Ecstasy (MDMA),
but distribution also includes pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs, such as:
- Oxycodone (Percocet, Endocet, Tylox, Roxicet, Roxilox, Oxycet),
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Vicoprofen, Lorcet, Norco, Anexsia),
- Xanax (Alprozalam)
- Ritalin and Focalin.
MORE SERIOUS THAN YOU THINK
In Florida, every drug crime except marijuana possession is a felony. If you don’t have a prescription for a drug and someone gives you or sells you that drug, the seller is liable for a drug Distribution offense. At high schools, colleges and universities across the United Statesstudents are buying prescription stimulants (Adderall, Vyvanse) illegally. The DEA has labeled these as Class 2 controlled substances – the same as cocaine and morphine – because they rank as the most addictive substances that have a medical use. Merely giving a friend an Adderall is the same as selling it. If you are “helping” your classmates and friends study by providing them with these prescription stimulants, you could be facing very harsh penalties.
Florida is at the top of the list prominent states in the illegal drug trade. A criminal defense attorney practicing in Florida’s State and Federal Courts must be familiar with Federal drug distribution charges as well as Florida’s drug distribution charges in order to mount aggressive and successful defenses.
If you are facing criminal charges, the Florida Criminal Defense Law Offices of Richard G. Salzman, P.A. can help you understand those charges and help defend your rights.
PENALTIES FOR Drug Distribution CHARGES in Florida
Florida drug charges vary in severity. They can be simple misdemeanor possession charges while other more serious drug offenses can be classified as 1st degree felonies, which carry penalties of up to 30 years in prisonand fines up to $10,000.
Certain drugs are classified in Florida Statutes according to how dangerous they are. The more dangerous a drug is, the harsher the penalty for distribution of that drug. Even the individual chemicals used in the manufacture of a drug are classified in the statutes, carrying various penalties.
Also, how close you are to certain types of businesses or public areas plays a part deciding your sentence for Florida drug distribution.
If you are within 1,000 feet of a:
- convenience store;
- park or playground;
- child-care center;
- community center;
- movie theater; or
- anyother public recreational facility, you will be facing enhanced charges and stiffer penalties.
Your sentence for a drug distribution conviction in Florida may include a long-term prison sentence followed byprobation, mandatory drug counseling, and steep fines. The type of punishment you receive and the length of time of your punishment will depend on a host of factors:
- the types of drugs involved;
- the amount of drugs involved (how many pills or the weight of the substance);
- whether any minors are involved;
- if you have prior arrests or convictions;
- if anyone was injured or killed as a result of the illegal transaction(s).
FIGHTING FLORIDA DRUG DISTRIBUTION CHARGES; right now, can there be anything more important than your freedom?
The sentence you receive will largely depend on the defense your Florida criminal defense lawyer mounts against your Florida drug distribution charges. Can you trust your freedom to overworked Public Defenders? Richard G. Salzmanwill sit with you and carefully review all the charges pending against you and will work with you to determine a fierce defense strategy against these claims.
THE SECRET YOUR PROSECUTOR DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW…
Here’s one secret your prosecutor doesn’t want you to know… that you don’t have to submit to a personal search or a search and seizure of your property unless the police have a warrant. In many cases, a Florida drug distribution charge can be avoided if there’s evidence that you were searched unlawfully.
You’ve heard it thousands of times on TV and in the movies… you have the right to remain silent and you have the right to have an attorney.
If you are accused of Florida drug distribution and there is an investigation going on, the Florida Criminal Defense Law Offices of Richard G. Salzman, P.A. can help. Richard G. Salzman and his dedicated staff will thoroughly evaluate your case and advise you of the best defense.
For your FREE initial phone consult, call today 855-DUI-GONE (855-384-4663), home of Florida’s premier criminal defense law firm. Can you really afford to wait?