Brandon, FL Drug Crime Attorneys Defend Accused Clients
Sound legal advice and determined representation in the Tampa Bay area
If you have been arrested or charged with a drug crime, you face severe penalties, including years in prison and the long-lasting stigma of a drug conviction. Even if you are charged with mere possession, a conviction can still damage your employment prospects, college or graduate school admission, and other opportunities for the future. Faught & Faught, P.A. provides aggressive representation whether you are being charged by the state or by the federal government. Our attorneys work tirelessly to protect your rights at every step of the legal process. As soon as you call, our office can begin to investigate, increasing the likelihood you can avoid many of the devastating consequences of a drug crime conviction.
Experience with a broad range of state and federal drug crimes in Florida
Because Florida is an entry point for imported drugs and a center of drug cultivation and manufacture, state and federal authorities are particularly zealous here. Moreover, drug crimes are often difficult to defend because the mere presence of the drug can allow authorities to impute motive. It takes a skilled and experienced attorney to challenge the elements of the charge to achieve a positive outcome, such as the dropping of charges, a decline to prosecute, reduced charges, or a plea bargain that results in reduced sentencing.
At Faught and Faught we provide vigorous defense to a variety of charges, including:
- Drug possession — The penalty for drug possession depends on the type of drug and the amount in question. State and federal laws rely on a list of controlled dangerous substances assigned to schedules ranging from I through V. Schedule I drugs, such as heroin, have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use, while Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential for abuse and a currently accepted medical use. Possession offenses can be felonies or misdemeanors depending on the Schedule that lists the drug and the amount involved. For example, more than 10 grams of a Schedule I drug is a first degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison, while possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana (a schedule V drug) is a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
- Possession with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver — To prove this Florida state crime, a prosecutor must establish three elements: the defendant had knowing possession; the substance was illegal under Florida law; and the defendant had the intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver the substance. Prosecutors often use circumstantial evidence to bolster their case, such as the presence of large amounts of cash, packaging and paraphernalia, and weapons. The offense can be charged as a second or third degree felony, depending on the type of substance, and maximum penalties range from five to 15 years in prison.
- Federal drug trafficking charges — Like state charges, these federal offenses depend on the type of drug and the amount seized. For the minimum qualifying amount of drugs on Schedules I–V (except marijuana), the penalty for a first offense is between five and 40 years in prison with a fine of up to $5 million. For a second offense, the penalty calls for 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $8 million. If the trafficking results in a person’s death, the penalties are enhanced. The penalties increase for greater amounts.
- Prescription drug fraud — The rise in prescription drug abuse in the United States has led to aggressive prosecution of persons suspected of operating “pill mills” and of addicted persons who possess restricted substances without a valid prescription. Whether you are accused of supplying drugs via fraudulent prescriptions or simple possession, you face steep penalties and loss of reputation.
Don’t forfeit your future to a drug crime conviction. Let Faught and Faught provide the determined criminal defense you need to minimize the damage done by your arrest.
Contact our Brandon, Florida law firm for effective criminal defense in the Tampa Bay area
If you or a loved one has been arrested on drug charges, contact Faught & Faught, P.A. today. Call 813-681-4246 or contact our Brandon, FL office online to schedule a consultation. Please be advised there may be a consultation fee for initial jailhouse visits.