Drug Crime Defense Attorney in Tampa
If you are arrested for a drug crime in Florida, you are up against some of the country’s toughest penalties. Drug crimes can include possession, manufacture or distribution of any drugs that are deemed to have a potential for abuse. Those drugs can include:
- Ecstasy (also known as MDMA or molly)
- Cocain (including forms like crack)
- Heroin and other opiates
- Prescription medications held without a prescription.
- So-called research chemicals, which are often analogs of other illegal substances.
Under Florida’s strict laws, you can even be punished by a prison sentence for carrying a prescription painkiller in an unapproved container or without proof of a valid prescription. The penalties associated with drug crimes depend on the substance, quantity and other factors.
- Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, for instance, is considered a first degree misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in jail.
- Possession of under 4 grams of heroin is a 3rd degree felony. If you hold more than 4 grams, you can be charged with trafficking, which is a 1st degree felony in the state of Florida.
Aggravating factors can also be involved, such as the proximity of a school zone.
Trust Your Defense to a Tampa Drug Crime Defense Attorney
The consequences of a drug conviction can hound you for life. People with drug felonies serve large stretches of time in prison. After their release, they can be subject to restrictions on student financial aid, certain types of housing and be barred from a number of job opportunities.
A drug charge is a serious issue. You need the caring and skilled counsel provided by drug crime defense attorneys in Tampa. Ms. Jean-Pierre Coy has experience dealing with local judges in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Dade and Orange counties. She knows the hurdles that you will face and the options that are available to you.
A skilled Tampa drug crime defense attorney can make the process more clear to you and give you the advice and representation to work toward the best possible outcome. You need an attorney who has:
- experience representing clients in criminal drug cases.
- a history with the court system where you will be tried.
- a caring and compassionate understanding of your dilemma.
- a reasonable and affordable fee.
If you have been arrested or charged with a drug crime, it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Call us for a no obligation consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.