Criminal Defense Service For State And Federal Drug Crimes
Being accused of committing a drug crime is something you should always take seriously. Today, more than 50% of federal prison inmates who are incarcerated for more than a year 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
- Prescription drugs
- Medications in the possession of someone without a prescription
- Marijuana, cocaine, meth and other common street drugs
- Chemicals, natural substances and man-made substances
Natural and man-made substances include but are not limited to oxycodone, Roxicodone, Xanax, 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 sentencing guidelines for each type of drug offense.
- Second-degree misdemeanor – up to 60 days in jail and/or a fine up to $500.
- First-degree misdemeanor – up to a one year jail sentence and/or a fine up to $1,000.
- Felony of the third-degree – up to five years in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000.
- Felony of the second-degree – up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.
- Felony of the first-degree – up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.
- Life felony – up to life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $15,000.
Charges and penalties are typically increased when drug crimes involve acts of violence or if the accused is a habitual felony offender or has a history of violent acts. When drug crimes are committed near places of worship, public housing, schools, parks or anywhere else that children are typically found in large groups, charges and penalties are also subject to increase.
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.