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Don’t Let Drug Charges Ruin Your Life – Call an Experienced Spring Hill Drug Defense Lawyer
Our attorneys fight to reduce your charges or have them dismissed
Florida is tough on drug crimes. It has some of the steepest penalties for even the most minor of drug offenses, such as possession of drug paraphernalia. If you are charged with a drug crime, you could be looking at fines, participation in a rehabilitation facility, community service, probation, and jail time.
Even if you get off with minor sentencing, such as a few hours of community service and a fine, you will be paying the consequences of a drug crime for years after your conviction.
A conviction can make it difficult for you to get a job, work in positions with children, or even get an apartment. Your conviction can set off a chain of events that can cause cost you opportunities and cause serious financial distress.
Working with one of our qualified attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and build a strong case to fight those charges. A dedicated Spring Hill criminal defense lawyer from Carlson, Meissner, Hart and Hayslett will work to have the charges reduced or dismissed, minimizing the penalties you face and the long-term consequences.
Types of drug crimes we represent
Our experienced criminal defense attorneys represent clients facing all types of drug charges. Some examples include:
- Possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia. For small amounts and first-time offenses, these charges can often be reduced or dismissed in exchange for probation or community service.
- Manufacturing or delivery. Manufacturing includes being involved in any stage of the production of drugs, including growing, creating or processing them. Delivery does not have to involve selling. Our attorneys may help you fight a manufacturing charge by showing that there is no evidence of intent.
- Dealing. Dealing refers to selling drugs on a small scale — typically to individuals for their own personal use. Our attorneys may be able to challenge the evidence in your case or to work out a deal in your favor in exchange for supplying evidence against larger traffickers.
- Trafficking. Trafficking refers to selling drugs in much higher quantities — typically the supply for dealers to sell to individuals. However, even a dealer or an individual could have enough quantities of drugs to be land a charge of trafficking. Our attorneys will challenge the quantities in a trafficking case to reduce or dismiss the charge.
Prosecutors have the burden of proof in your drug case, and our attorneys work aggressively to undermine the evidence in the case to dismiss the charges.
Fighting Florida’s stringent minimum sentences for drug crimes
One reason that being charged with a drug crime in Florida can haunt you for so long is that the state has some strict mandatory minimum sentences for these offenses. If you are convicted of the charge, the judge must sentence you to this minimum. The only way your lawyer can help you to get a lesser sentence is to help you beat the charge, either by having it reduced to a lesser charge or having it thrown out completely.
Minimum sentences associated with drug crimes are serious
In Florida, penalties associated with drug crime convictions are stiff, including:
- Three years in prison for a conviction of possession of seven hydrocodone painkillers without a prescription
- Three years in prison for possession of 28 to 200 grams of cocaine
- Seven years in prison for possession of 28 to 200 grams of methamphetamine (crystal meth)
- Three years in prison for possession of one to five grams of LSD
Florida drug laws treat users the same as traffickers. That means that whether you intend to sell the drugs or you are just an addict who is holding drugs for personal use, you will face the same mandatory minimum sentences. It is especially important that you work with an experienced Spring Hill drug defense lawyer so that you can avoid these mandatory minimums. Our attorneys are ready to help you.
If you are facing drug charges, work with an experienced Spring Hill drug defense attorney
The Spring Hill drug defense attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart and Hayslett. P.A. have been helping clients beat drug charges since 1971, and we are ready to put that experience to work for you. Call us today at (352) 247-4400 or contact us online.