Drug Possession & Paraphernalia in Venice, FL
Any kind of drug charge or conviction can stay with you forever. You may be in the wrong place at the wrong time, or just mixed up in a bad situation. Whatever it is, your first step should be to call a skilled Venice drug attorney at Pallegar Law, P.A. As soon as you are arrested or charged with a crime Schedule a free consultation with a Venice drug Attorney at Pallegar Law, P.A. today to discuss your case.Possession of Illegal Drugs
In the state of Florida, you may be charged with drug possession even if drugs are not found on your body or in the immediate vicinity. To be convicted for drug possession, it must be proven that: the drug was illegal in nature or a controlled substance, that you knew about the drug and its whereabouts, and that you had access to and/or control of the drug. Depending on the type of drug and the amount found, penalties range from less than one year in jail to 30 years. For example, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana can be punishable by up to one year in jail, while possession of 7 grams of LSD can land you in jail for 30 years. Many of these crimes are also punishable by the suspension of your driver’s license.Trafficking in Illegal Drugs
Large amounts of drugs may earn you a trafficking charge, which is the intent to sell, deliver, or manufacture illegal drugs. The minimum amount of drugs needed to constitute a trafficking charge are as follows: 25 pounds of cannabis, 28 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of hydrocodone, 1 gram of LSD, 10 grams of MDMA, or 7 grams of oxycodone. All of these crimes have mandatory minimum sentences of at least three years up to life in prison. That is why it’s important to call an experienced Venice drug attorney at Pallegar Law, P.A. If at all possible, we will try to drop or lessen the charges against you, to try to resolve the case positively.Possession and Trafficking in Heroin
Possession of heroin is a particularly serious drug crime, and Florida has seen a large rise in these kinds of charges and convictions within the past decade. Possession of any amount of the drug, even a small amount of residue, is a third-degree felony. Less than 10 grams in punishable by 5 years in prison, and more than 10 is punishably by 30 years. In order to constitute a trafficking charge, you must possess at least 4 grams of the drug. Penalties for this range from a minimum mandatory sentence of three years to a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years for the trafficking of more than 28 grams. A conviction will also result in a license suspension for one year.
One possible defense to this charge is that of an overdose. If you or someone you know was overdosing on heroin, and medical help was sought, you may quality for immunity under what is known as a “Good Samaritan” law. Seek out an aggressive Venice drug attorney who can help you fight the charges and resolve your case as soon as you can.Drug Paraphernalia
Drug paraphernalia is defined as any object or material that is used or intended to be used for growing, producing, storing, inhaling or otherwise ingesting a controlled substance. Some examples of drug paraphernalia are: needles or syringes, containers for storing drugs, scales, baggies or balloons, mixing devices, or pipes of any kind. The possession of paraphernalia is only a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail. However, it is common to have this charge tacked onto a possession or trafficking charge, adding to the severity of your case.Call Pallegar Law, P.A.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a drug-related crime, contact an experienced Venice drug attorney. Call Pallegar Law, P.A. to be connected to an attorney who will help you fight the charges against you. Call 941-893-5816 today.