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Drug Crime Lawyers Fort Lauderdale, FL

Don't Face Your Drug Charges Alone. Contact Our Law Firm!

Drug crimes can result in serious and irreparable consequences. Depending on the specifics of your case, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony offense. If you have been arrested, it is imperative for you to immediately obtain the representation of a Fort Lauderdale drug crime lawyer. At Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. our legal team can work with you to challenge the prosecution's case and law enforcement's evidence against you.

Our Fort Lauderdale drug crime lawyers have defended hundreds of clients from serious charges. If you are facing criminal charges, our law firm can help.

Defense Against Misdemeanor & Felony Drug Charges in FL

Each drug crime case is different. You could be facing prosecution at the state or federal level depending on the circumstances of your misdemeanor or felony case. If you have been arrested, do not hesitate to contact us.

Our firm can defend you against charges of:

  • Drug manufacturing
  • Drug possession
  • Trafficking
  • Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs
  • Marijuana crimes
  • Drug distribution or sales

Understanding Florida’s Drug Schedules

In Florida, each drug falls under a different schedule depending on how dangerous and addictive the state identifies it to be. These standards can vary, as some states consider Marijuana to be extremely dangerous while others have actually made certain uses legal.

The drug schedule in Florida is as follows:

  • Schedule V - This includes drugs with a low potential for abuse and some accepted medical uses, such as limited amounts of codeine.
  • Schedule IV - These drugs have a low potential for abuse, such as diazepam, and may have some limited medical uses. They may lead to dependence.
  • Schedule III - Drug where there is a potential for abuse and some very limited medical uses. They may lead to low or moderate dependence.
  • Schedule II - This includes drugs like opium and morphine, which have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence.
  • Schedule I - Drugs with the highest potential for abuse, they have no accepted medical use. This includes drugs like heroin, GHB, and others.

The more potential for abuse a drug carries, the more severe the penalties are. For example, you could be found in possession of a larger amount of a Schedule V drug and face lesser penalties than you would for a minimal amount of a Schedule I drug. Even if the crime was practically the same, if the drug was considered more dangerous, the consequences will be much more serious for the defendant.

Regardless of the type of drug involved in your case, you need to call on a drug crime attorney Fort Lauderdale, FL right away. Get in touch with us today: (954) 543-1788.

Fort Lauderdale Drug Crime Attorneys: Fighting Charges in Florida

Under Florida Criminal Statute Section 893.13(6)(a), an individual found to be in possession of a controlled substance may be subject to thousands of dollars in fines and years in prison if the substance was unlawfully obtained, without a legitimate prescription from a doctor. In many cases, drug possession results in a third-degree felony charge, which may be punishable by $5,000 in fines and 5 years in prison. Individuals in Florida may face drug possession charges for many different types of illegal drugs, narcotics, and controlled substances.

Our attorneys handle possession charges for any type of drug, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Prescription Medication
  • Ecstasy
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • GHB
  • Opium
  • LSD

Marijuana drug possession charges may be different from other drug crimes. The unlawful possession of marijuana in quantities of 20 grams or less is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to a $1,000 fine, and by 1 year in jail. For amounts exceeding 20 grams, it is a third-degree felony, punishable by a maximum $5,000 fine and up to 5 years in prison. It is important to speak with a Fort Lauderdale drug crime attorney who is well-versed in Florida drug possession crimes in order to determine an effective course of action that may minimize the penalties and protect your future.

What happens when police charge you for possessing drugs that don't belong to you.

Drug Trafficking Laws in Florida

Florida law defines trafficking according to the specific drug quantities and amounts required. It differs from smuggling in that smuggling refers specifically to bringing drugs into the country. Smuggling is typically considered a federal charge and is handled in a federal court, not Florida court. In addition, the intent to distribute drugs may increase the seriousness of either trafficking or smuggling. Evidence of intent to distribute may include scales, phone numbers, bags, and small packages of drugs. Under Section 893.135 of the Florida Statutes, it is unlawful to knowingly sell, purchase, manufacture, deliver, bring into Florida, or be in actual possession of more than 25 pounds of cannabis, which is a felony of the first degree.

Other trafficking charges include, but are not limited to:

  • Trafficking 28 grams or more of cocaine, but less than 150 kilograms is a felony of the first degree. Depending on the quantity, trafficking cocaine is punishable by 3 years to life in prison, and fines ranging between $50,000 and $250,000.
  • Trafficking hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, opium, or morphine are felonies of the first degree. Depending on circumstances, this can be punishable by 3 years to life imprisonment, and up to $500,000 in fines.
  • Trafficking 4-14 grams of heroin can result in a minimum penalty of three years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Trafficking 28 grams to 30 kilograms of heroin can result in upwards of 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

These charges are serious and require immediate legal defense. If you are convicted, you could face years of imprisonment, steep fines, and permanent life-altering consequences. You need to contact a lawyer quickly.

Drug Possession Charges-Do I Have Options?

After handling thousands of cases, our lawyers know what it takes for the prosecution to secure a conviction, and what it takes to protect a client from heavy penalties. When it comes to drug possession charges, many people believe conviction is inevitable. Police seized drugs found in your possession—everything else is a formality, right? Not at all.

The prosecution is counting on you to feel like it’s an open-and-shut case, though. They may make you a deal that looks attractive—a “short” prison sentence, community service, perhaps lowered fines. However, you should not speak to prosecutors until you have your own attorney. Why? Because you may be able to defend your innocence. The prosecution has to prove your guilt—you do not have to prove your innocence. As your Fort Lauderdale drug crime attorneys, it’s our job to protect the credibility of your story, especially if the police find drugs that aren't yours. While it may not feel like you’re innocent until proven guilty, our attorneys make sure your rights before, during, and after trial are protected.

Here’s what you need to ask:

#1: Can They Prove the Drugs Belong to Me?

The drugs may have been in your possession, but if the prosecution cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the drugs belonged to you, their case will be weak. Circumstantial evidence might appear convincing at first, but a skilled criminal defense lawyer can put pressure on the prosecution to back up their claims. If they can't back up their claim, then the case against you ought to be dropped.

#2: Did They Seize the Drugs Lawfully?

This question involves the highest law in the land: the Bill of Rights. The police are bound the principles of due process, which means they need to follow lawful search and seizure protocol. If they did not have permission to search your home or car, and they did not possess a warrant, anything found cannot be used against you. If there was no reason to suspect you of any other crime, searching your property would be unlawful. As a result, under the exclusionary rule, the drug evidence itself would be inadmissible in court, which means the charges against you may be dropped.

#3: Were the Drugs Tested Correctly?

As obvious as it might seem, the court has to actually test the drugs in your possession to convict you of criminal activity. Drug testing actually proves that your possessions were illegal, so it's the crux of a drug possession case.

When samples are misplaced or test results are inadmissible, your case can be dismissed. Criminal defense lawyers are trained to ask this question (and others) to ensure that the prosecution is honoring your rights and not charging you without admissible evidence.

The prosecution won’t do any of this questioning for you. Their job is to get a conviction or convince you that a conviction is inevitable. The only advocate for a defendant in the courtroom is a criminal defense attorney or drug crime lawyer. That’s why your first step is to call an attorney before your rights are endangered. Rudenberg and Glasser have handled thousands of cases for our clients. Many of them were regular people who made mistakes or were unjustly accused under bad circumstances. We know you're a person, not just another case. Let us help you.

Skilled Fort Lauderdale Drug Crime Attorneys

When you work with Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A., you can be confident your case is in good hands. We have extensive experience handling a variety of complex cases and you can be sure your rights will be aggressively defended when you hire our firm. Unlike other firms, we take all the time necessary to get to know you and your side of the story, and we develop personalized strategies that are specific to your needs.

If you have been arrested, contact Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. today and retain aggressive representation for your case. We are available 24/7 for our clients and have helped hundreds of individuals facing drug charges. An experienced Fort Lauderdale drug crime lawyer can help you overcome this difficult time. At our firm, we are proud to offer outstanding legal representation for our clients in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach.

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