Drug Trafficking Charges Attorney in Tampa & Drug Trafficking Lawyer in Brandon, Florida
Drug Trafficking charges in Florida are some of the most serious. Drug Trafficking charges carry stiff penalties, with mandatory prison sentences and huge fines. Penalties may also include forfeiture of money, cars and other assets.
Florida Statute 893.135 provides the guidelines on Drug Trafficking Charges. Trafficking includes knowingly selling, purchasing, manufacturing, delivering, or bringing into this state, or knowingly possessing the drugs. Trafficking does not require selling the drugs. In some cases, possession of just a handful of pills could lead to a Drug Trafficking charge. Some common Drug Trafficking charge examples are:
- 28 grams to 200 grams: 3 years minimum prison – up to 30 years, $50,000 fine
- 200 grams to 400 grams: 7 years minimum prison – up to 30 years, $100,000 fine
- 400 grams or more: 15 years minimum prison – up to 30 years, $250,000 fine
Morphine, Hydrocodone, Opium, Heroin, Oxycodone
- 4 grams to 14 grams: 3 years minimum prison – up to 30 years, $50,000 fine
- 14 grams to 28 grams: 7 years minimum prison – up to 30 years, $100,000 fine
- 28 grams to 30 kgs: 15 years minimum prison – up to 30 years, $250,000 fine
- 14 grams to 28 grams: 3 years minimum prison – up to 30 years, $50,000 fine
- 28 grams to 200 grams: 7 years minimum prison – up to 30 years, $100,000 fine
- 28 grams or more: 15 years minimum prison – up to 30 years, $250,000 fine
Trafficking of other drugs leads to similar penalties. Additionally, larger amounts can lead to more severe penalties including life in prison without possibility of release, or even the death penalty.
Drug Trafficking charges cases can be defended in many ways depending on the particular circumstances of your case. In some prescription pill cases, you may have a valid prescription. In many cases an undercover officer allegedly made the transaction weeks before the arrest, in which case the officer’s ability to provide proper identity can be challenged. In other cases, the use of confidential informants can be challenged. In some situations, a drug charge attorney will work with you and the prosecutors to avoid the required prison sentences through substantial assistance programs. A Tampa Drug Trafficking defense attorney can discuss your options based on the facts of your case.
Are you facing a Drug Trafficking charge in Tampa Bay? A criminal defense lawyer from The Lawler Firm can help.
If you are facing Drug Trafficking charges, call The Lawler Firm now for a free no obligation consultation. You will speak to your actual Drug Trafficking criminal defense attorney, who will meet with you, even on evenings and weekends. Call Now (813) 413-8828!