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Bradenton Drug Crimes
The Bradenton criminal defense attorneys at Fowler Law Group represent clients who are facing all types of drug charges, ranging from simple misdemeanor possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia to felony sale of a controlled substance or drug trafficking. As former prosecutors, we know that Florida takes a strong stance against drug-related crime. Drug charges have the potential to carry serious consequences, including mandatory minimum jail sentences and license suspensions. In addition to the judicial penalties, drug related offenses can hinder your ability to pursue higher education, secure employment, or work in certain professions. When charged with a drug-related offense, there is a lot at stake.
Possession charges are not as “cut and dry” as most people think. When drugs are found in a vehicle, for example, there are several legal defenses available. An experienced attorney will ask the necessary questions to see if the State can prove that the drugs found in the vehicle actually belong to the person being charged. If there are multiple individuals in the car, the case may be one of “constructive possession.” In which the State must prove that the individual charged exercised dominion and control over the contraband. Nevertheless, drug possession charges carry serious consequences. For individuals caught with less than 20 grams of marijuana, the crime is charged as a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in the county jail. Defendants charged with possession of cocaine are facing a third degree felony, with the possibility of up to five years in prison! Although the penalties can be severe, they do not always have to be. Contact the Bradenton criminal defense attorneys at Fowler Law Group for a detailed analysis of your case and potential outcomes.
Possession of drug paraphernalia is a first degree misdemeanor is the State of Florida, punishable by 11 months and 29 days in the county jail. Contrary to popular belief, drug paraphernalia need not only be devices used to ingest drugs, such as a pipe, or syringe, it can also be anything used for planting, cultivating, harvesting, manufacturing, packaging, storing, concealing, transporting, etc. illegal narcotics or controlled substances. Many of the same defenses to drug possession are also available for paraphernalia possession. Where the alleged device was found, if any one claimed responsibility for it, and whether it has any drug residue within are all essential questions that must be answered prior to determining if any defenses exist. Call the Bradenton criminal defense attorneys at Fowler Law Group to discuss your case.
Even more serious than simple possession cases, drug sale charges can sometimes carry mandatory minimum prison sentences. Sale charges are sometimes complicated, especially when they arise out of “sting’ operations put on by law enforcement, which are often orchestrated such that the maximum prison term allowable by law is on the table. Police often use sophisticated techniques in these types of cases including video and audio surveillance, confidential informants and undercover officers. With these sophisticated techniques also come several legal issues, for example, you may have been entrapped by law enforcement, or your rights may have been violated by the actions of law enforcement. Call us today to discuss the specifics of your case so that we can assist in building the best defense possible.
Commonly confused with a drug sale charge, drug trafficking is generally defined as being in possession of a large quantity of illicit drugs. In these types of cases, precise weight measurements must be taken to ensure that the drugs seized by law enforcement weigh enough to qualify for the drug trafficking statute. The severity of the punishments increase with the amount of drugs found by police, and get even worse if a firearm is located nearby.
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