Miami Drug Crime Lawyer
Both federal and state laws prohibit the possession, sales, manufacture, and distribution of controlled substances, commonly referred to as “drugs.” If you are accused of any offense related to drugs in Florida, you are facing the possibility of serious consequences that can vary significantly depending on the circumstances of your case. Every drug charge should be taken seriously, however, and a high-quality defense is essential to protecting your rights against wrongful penalties or convictions. If you have been arrested, do not delay in contacting an experienced Miami drug crime lawyer at the Baez Law Firm in Miami as soon as possible.
Common Drug Offenses in Miami
While there are many specific drug-related offenses set out in Florida law, the following are some of the most common allegations:
- Drug Possession — This charge results if authorities believe you possessed drugs for your own personal use or that you had control over drugs in a house, car, locker, or other location. Possession charges are common and can involve drugs ranging from marijuana to cocaine to prescription medications, and more.
- Drug Distribution — You can be charged with distribution–commonly referred to as trafficking–if you are accused or selling drugs or even giving them to another person. In addition, even if there is no evidence of actual distribution, you can be charged with possession with the intent to distribute if drugs are packaged in a certain way or there are other signs that the drugs were meant to be sold.
- Drug Manufacture — It is also against the law to manufacture or cultivate drugs. This charge can stem from growing marijuana plants to being involved in a lab that creates methamphetamines, crack cocaine, or other man-made substances.
Drug Crimes Can Have Harsh Penalties
The penalties for drug convictions will depend on the specific allegations you face, the type and amount of drugs in question, and any other circumstances that may be considered aggravating circumstances, such as drug offenses in a school zone or involving minors. Overall, many drug offenses can result in the following:
- Prison sentence;
- Costly fines;
- Probation or parole;
- Felony conviction on your criminal record.
Building an Effective Defense in Your Drug Case
Fortunately for individuals facing drug charges, there are many different ways that an experienced lawyer can help you and defend against these allegations. Some of the many defenses that can be used in a drug case include:
- You were unaware of the presence of drugs or that the substance was unlawful;
- You had a prescription for the drugs in question;
- The drugs were discovered due to an unlawful traffic stop or unlawful search of you or your property;
- The forensic lab made errors processing the drug samples;
- You did not have the intention to distribute the drugs in question;
- The prosecutor does not have sufficient evidence to convict you.
Presenting the above defenses and more is only one of many ways a skilled criminal defense lawyer can help in your case.
Call for a Free Consultation with a Miami Drug Crime Lawyer 24/7
Your first step following an arrest should be to call an experienced Miami drug crime lawyer. At the Baez Law Firm, we are available to help anytime and can assist clients who speak English or Spanish. Please call for a free consultation at 800-588-BAEZ today.