Criminal Defense Service For State And Federal Drug Crimes
If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a drug crime, it should be taken very seriously. Today, more than half of prisoners serving sentences of more than a year in federal facilities were convicted of drug offenses. Prosecutors are very aggressive in pushing for maximum penalties, so it is therefore extremely important that you hire an attorney with extensive experience in defending drug cases.
Drug offenses include simple possession, possession with intent to distribute, trafficking, importing and manufacturing of controlled substances, and conspiracy. Controlled substances can include
- Any prescription medication
- Medication without a prescription
- So-called “street drugs”
- Chemicals, natural substances and man-made substances
Natural and man-made substances include but are not limited to marijuana, cocaine, oxycodone, Roxicodone, Xanax, meth, heroin, steroids and HGH.
Federal Drug And Narcotics Offenses
Federal drug offenses are typically prosecuted under Title 21 of the United States Code, otherwise known as the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The federal drug laws cover several different types of drug offenses. Federal law makes it illegal to knowingly or intentionally manufacture, create or distribute controlled substances. It is also illegal to possess these substances with the intent to distribute them. The penalties depend largely on the amount of drugs seized. Smaller amounts of drugs carry a less severe sentence.
Defending Federal Drug Conspiracy Cases
Successfully defending a federal drug conspiracy case begins with determining whether any search that led to the discovery of drugs, currency or other evidence was legal. If law enforcement violated a person’s rights in the pursuit of evidence, a skilled defense attorney may be able to suppress any evidence that was seized. In some cases, an affirmative defense, such as entrapment or duress, may be a viable strategy. At a minimum, there are ways to minimize penalties and possibly avoid a prison sentence. Attorney Kudman has extensive experience and knowledge of federal law and the United States Sentencing Guidelines. She is ready to defend you and minimize the negative consequences of drug charges.
Asset Forfeiture Proceedings In Florida
Being charged with a federal drug crime may result in the seizure and forfeiture of property. Such forfeiture proceedings are governed by the Federal Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000. Government agencies can seize cash, financial assets, homes and other types of property. In certain situations, the government is allowed to keep your property even if you are not convicted. To protect your property and other assets, it is important to hire a criminal defense attorney with experience in criminal forfeiture proceedings.
Florida Drug And Narcotics Offenses
Generally, Florida drug offenses are prosecuted under Florida Statute, Chapter 893, which is known as the Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act. In addition, Florida Statute Chapter 775 outlines the minimum sentences for each degree of drug offense.
- A misdemeanor of the second-degree drug offense can result in a jail sentence up to 60 days and/or a fine up to $500.
- A misdemeanor of the first-degree drug offense can lead to a jail sentence up to one year and/or a fine not greater than $1,000.
- A felony of the third-degree drug offense can result in a prison sentence not more than five years and/or a fine not exceeding $5,000.
- A felony of the second-degree drug offense can lead to a prison sentence not greater than 15 years and/or a fine not more than $10,000.
- A felony of the first-degree drug offense can result in a prison sentence up to 30 years and/or a fine up to $10,000.
- A life felony drug offense can result in imprisonment up to 30 years or not more than life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $15,000.
Penalties for specific drug offenses can increase if the offender’s crime involves the death or injury of another person, or if they are a habitual felony offender or a violent career criminal. Penalties can also increase if an individual commits a drug offense near a school, a child care center, a public housing or an assisted living facility, a public park or community center, a college or university, or a place of worship.
Contact An Experienced Drug Crimes Attorney
The defense of drug crimes is extremely complex. Tama Beth Kudman has been representing individuals accused of committing state and federal drug crimes for over 25 years. Ms. Kudman brings this experience and knowledge to every drug case that she defends. If you have been charged with a drug offense, call 561-472-0811 or fill out the online contact form to set up a consultation.