Drug possession charges can ruin people’s lives. Even if the defendant does not end up going to jail over the conviction, they can have their license taken away from them for two years, which can constitute a serious punishment in and of itself.
Some people who end up facing drug possession charges are, indeed, innocent of ever having purchased or been in possession of drugs. Constructive possession of drugs includes situations when the defendant may have been in a home where drugs were present or when they may have been riding in a car with somebody who had drugs on them and had stashed them somewhere in the vehicle.
A criminal defense attorney will make certain that, if law enforcement was overzealous in pressing charges against their client, their client’s rights are respected. When you’re facing down charges that you did nothing to bring on yourself, you cannot expect the courts to recognize that fact. The only sensible option is to have a Florida criminal lawyer represent you and handle the case from beginning to end.
There are different types of drug crimes that an individual may be charged with in the State of Florida, such as:
The degree of Drug Crime you are charged with typically depends upon the type of drug, the amount or weight of the drug, the perceived intention regarding the drugs (i.e. personal use, for sale, distribution, or trafficking), and sometimes, your prior criminal record
Depending on the specific drug crime, conviction penalties may range from not more than 30 days in jail to a prison sentence for a term of years not exceeding life imprisonment.
When arrested for a drug crime or other criminal charges, you have rights that must be protected. You have the right to have competent legal counsel present your side of the events in question in an effort to prove your innocence. Your legal counsel may also negotiate on your behalf to have the charges dropped, reduced, to allow you to enter into a plea deal or diversion program when available, and to negotiate for probation instead of jail or prison time.
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