West Palm Beach Drug Defense Attorney
Our criminal defense lawyers can help you fight your drug charge.
In Florida, every drug crime except marijuana possession is a felony, and crimes such as trafficking have minimum mandatory prison sentences up to 25 years. With such serious consequences, it’s important to hire an aggressive West Palm Beach Drug Defense Attorney who will fight to keep you out of prison if you are arrested and charged with drug possession or trafficking.
Trafficking involves more than selling drugs.
Florida law defines drug trafficking as “selling, manufacturing, delivering, buying, or possessing” an illegal or prescription drug. If you are convicted or plead guilty to a drug trafficking charge, the judge must impose a prison sentence according to the mandatory guidelines. Contrary to popular belief, it takes a smaller amount of prescription drugs than illegal ones to be arrested and charged with trafficking. For example, the minimum amount of marijuana/cannabis/pot/weed for a drug trafficking charge is 25 pounds; for cocaine, it’s 28 grams. By contrast, if you’re caught with just 4 grams of prescription drugs such as Hydrocodone or Oxycontin, you may be charged with trafficking.
What and where you sell can make a difference.
Selling marijuana, prescription drugs, and most other controlled substances is a third-degree felony with a maximum prison sentence of 5 years. Selling cocaine is generally a second-degree felony with a maximum of 15 years in prison. However, if you sell drugs within 1,000 feet of a convenience store, church, or school in Florida, the charge may be raised by one degree. (For example, selling marijuana near a school can automatically raise the charge from a third to a second-degree felony, and selling cocaine near a school can raise it from a second to a first-degree felony.) First-degree felonies carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
Fighting Florida Drug Possession Charges
As your West Palm Beach drug defense attorney, Inskeep Law LLC will investigate the case against you. He will review everything that happened, from the time the police began investigating, through the arrest process, to the handling of your case. If the police acted improperly in searching you or your property, illegally seized evidence of drug activity, or otherwise violated your Constitutional rights (such as failed to advise you of your Miranda rights), he will move the court to dismiss your case, or ask the prosecutor to reduce the charges against you.
A Drug Arrest Does Not Mean a Conviction
If you have been arrested for drug possession or another drug charge, contact Inskeep Law LLC immediately. Early intervention by a defense attorney can make a big difference. In some cases, an experienced drug crime defense lawyer can get drug charges dropped before they are ever filed.
Call us today for a FREE consultation at (561) 835-1158 or contact us online.
During your free initial consultation with us, our team of experienced criminal defense lawyers will explain the potential sentences or penalties for your drug charges as well as your available options (such as drug treatment or negotiating a reduced charge). You’ll also learn how a close analysis of the state’s evidence against you may be used in your defense. To speak with attorney Tom Inskeep, call our office at (561) 835-1158 or email us now. The Firm first checks for any client conflict and asks that you fill out a form before your consultation. It is possible to do a consultation by telephone, but the form must be received before the consultation.