St. Petersburg Drug Trafficking Defense Attorneys
Aggressive Legal Representation in the Fight Against Criminal Charges
Trafficking in illegal controlled substances is the most serious drug crime you can face. These crimes are vigorously investigated and prosecuted at the state and federal level. These are often large-scale operations that involve the purchase, sale, importation, manufacture, or delivery of controlled substances across state lines or our national borders. Drug charges related to trafficking will vary depending on the drugs involved, their quantity, the activities involved, and other circumstances. However, these charges will generally lead to long prison sentences, hefty fines, and the negative effect of a felony record if you are convicted.
At Morris Law Firm, P.A., we have been defending drug charges for many years; our elite legal team has decades of combined experience in this endeavor. Furthermore, our founding attorney is a former Pinellas county prosecutor who spent years prosecuting all types of drug charges in the local courts. That means that you will have the benefit of her inside knowledge and experience with even this most serious of all drug crimes. Our attorneys understand how the prosecution operates which gives us a deep understanding of how to fight back on behalf of our clients.
Drug Trafficking Charges in Florida
Drug trafficking is frequently portrayed in movies and on TV as huge drug cartels moving illegal drugs across national borders into this country. While that is true, any individual who sells or delivers an illegal drug may be charged with trafficking in drugs. Furthermore, if you travel across state lines into Florida while you are in possession of an illegal drug, you may also be charged with trafficking. The drugs involved can include any of those listed as “controlled substances” under state or federal law, including unauthorized prescription drugs such as painkillers, and more.
Common drugs involved in state and federal trafficking include:
How you will be charged when found with illegal drugs is primarily dependent on the type of drug and its amount in your possession or under your control. For example, drug trafficking charges involving over 400 grams of cocaine would be considered more serious than trafficking 30 pounds of marijuana.
If you are found in possession of a firearm or weapon when arrested for drug trafficking, you will also face the charge of “armed trafficking.” This will likely increase your penalties even more. Depending on the circumstances, you may be facing minimum mandatory sentencing.
Penalties for Drug Trafficking Convictions in Florida
The penalties you will face in any drug trafficking conviction will depend on if your case was prosecuted at the state or federal level. Federal drug charges are generally more serious than those at the state level. However, even at the state level, you will face mandatory minimum sentencing.
For example, under state law trafficking in 25 up to 2,000 pounds of marijuana or 28 up to 200 grams of cocaine is punishable by three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Trafficking in four up to 14 grams of heroin is punishable by three years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. In drug trafficking charges, prison terms can range up to 25 years while fines can range up to $500,000, depending on the type of drug and the quantity. All drug trafficking is charged as first-degree felonies in Florida. Federal penalties can be even harsher and will increase even further in the case of prior convictions.
Our St. Petersburg Drug Trafficking Defense Lawyers
Drug trafficking is a very serious legal matter for which you should have a trusted and experienced defender. At Morris Law Firm, P.A., we are dedicated to providing you with an aggressive and thorough defense. We will exhaustively investigate your arrest and all surrounding circumstances in order to build the most effective defense possible. Our attorneys have years of experience dealing with all drug charges and know what it takes to assist you in fighting vigorously for your future and freedom.
Reach out to us at (727) 592-5885 to learn where you stand and your available options today.
FORMER STATE PROSECUTOR
Melinda Morris is a former prosecutor and has handled thousands of criminal cases from investigation through sentencing enabling us to identify weaknesses in the State’s case against you.
We never settle for the easiest outcome or the typical result. We know how to negotiate with the State Attorney and we will work to get you the best possible outcome.
TRUSTED & EXPERIENCED
Melinda Morris has practiced criminal law for over 20 years. Our clients trust advice that comes from experience in nearly every type of criminal case.
We will know every client’s story because we will take the time to listen and understand. You will work with your attorney one-on-one at every stage of the process.
You will have the cell phone number of your attorney. Your attorney will directly return your call, email, or text to answer your pressing questions.
SAME DAY REPRESENTATION
The government is wasting no time in trying to prove your guilt, a proactive defense is imperative. Prompt and decisive action from your defense attorney is of critical importance.