If You Don’t Think it’s Serious, Think Again!
In Florida, even possessing a small amount of an illegal drug or even a prescription drug can have serious consequences. With the exception of marijuana, every drug crime is considered a felony, Since Florida is one of the prime locations for drug trafficking in the U.S., Florida’s laws against drug trafficking are among the strictest in the nation. The penalties for a drug trafficking conviction can range anywhere from several years to life in prison and include heavy fines.
With such serious consequences, it’s important to hire an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who will fight to keep you out of prison if you are arrested and charged with drug possession or trafficking.
Trafficking Means More Than Just Selling Drugs
Florida law defines drug trafficking as manufacturing, possession, transportation, and distribution of large quantities of illegal or prescription drugs. If you are convicted or plead guilty to a drug trafficking charge, the judge must impose a prison sentence according to the mandatory guidelines. Depending on the weight of the substance or the amount of pills you are found with, trafficking penalties can vary from a 3-year minimum mandatory sentence to a mandatory life sentence:
- Cannabis (Marijuana) = minimum 3-15 years mandatory
- Cocaine = minimum 3 years – life mandatory
- Oxycodone, Hydrocodine = 3 years – life
- Phencyclidine (PCP or Angel Dust) = 3 – 15 years
- Methaqualone (Quaalude) = 3 – 15 years
- Amphetamine and Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth) = 3 – 15 years
- Flunitrazepam (Date Rape Drug) = 3 years – life
- GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid), GBL (gamma-butyrolactone) and 1,4-Butanediol = 3 – 15 years
- LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) = 3 – 15 years
Where You Sell Drugs Affects How Severe Your Sentence Will Be
If you sell drugs within 1,000 feet of a convenience store, park, church, school or playground in Florida, the felony charges against you will be raised by 1 degree (i.e., if you sell cocaine near a school, the charge will be raised from a 2nd degree felony to a 1st degree felony). All first-degree felonies in Florida carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
Right Now, Can There Be Anything More Important Than Your Freedom
Contact Richard G. Salzman to set up a meeting to discuss your charges and evaluate your case. Mr. Salzman’s first priority is helping you avoid a drug trafficking conviction that can ruin your life!
For your FREE initial case evaluation by phone, Call 855-DUI-GONE(855-384-4663), home of South Florida’s Premier Drug Trafficking Defense Law Firm. Learn how Mr. Salzman can help save your freedom.
Richard G. Salzman, Esq.
Law Offices of Richard G. Salzman, P.A.
4340 Sheridan Street, Suite102
Hollywood, FL 33021
5621 Strand Blvd., Suite 101
Naples, FL 34110