CLERMONT CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY:

DRUG OFFENSES

 

Florida criminal statutes establish many drug crimes as felonies. If convicted or found guilty of a drug crime, expect harsh fines, lengthy probation, or possibly even mandatory prison.  The Law Offices of Justin Rickman in Clermont, Florida are ready to help protect your rights.

 

Drug Charges

Drug crimes are subject to detailed definition under Florida law.  Any crime involving controlled or illegal substances is subject to penalties.  That is one reason why they require the assistance of an attorney schooled in Lake, Orange, Sumter, Osceola, and Polk County criminal drug defense. Some of the most typical drug charges in Clermont and throughout Florida are as follows:

 

Drug Possession

A drug possession charge involves any activity where someone is caught with illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, MDMA/Molly, meth, or unlawfully obtained prescription pills. Possession may be established even if it is only temporary or found near your body or if you have knowledge of the substance and have control over it.  Drug possession is the most common drug charge filed.

 

Drug Manufacturing

Drug manufacturing involves any activity connected with producing illegal drugs and preparing them for sale (such marijuana grown in home).  It can include growing drugs, synthesizing drugs with chemicals, or even packaging and labeling drugs.

 

Drug Trafficking

Contrary to popular belief, being charged with trafficking (possession with intent to sell/distribute) doesn’t require fast boats, guns, or kilograms of drugs.  Trafficking includes any activity associated with illegal drug distribution.  The amount of drugs required to establish a trafficking charge varies dependent on the illegal substance and other factors to determine the severity of the charges and associated punishment.  All trafficking charges carry mandatory minimum prison sentences ranging from 3 to 25 years.

 

Drug Paraphernalia

It is illegal to use, possess, sell, transport, manufacture, or advertise any item intended to be used in connection with illegal drug activity. The definition of drug paraphernalia extends far beyond those items connected with drug use. An item used in manufacturing or growing illegal drugs qualifies as well.

 

Drug Racketeering:

This extends beyond actual commission of a drug crime. It includes making an attempt to commit a crime, coercing someone to commit a drug crime, and a number of other activities.

 

If you are charged with any form of a drug offense, contact an experienced drug crime lawyer at the Law Offices of Justin Rickman.

Criminal Defense Practice Areas

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Drug Offenses

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Violent Crimes

Probation Violations

Misdemeanors and Felonies

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