Florida aggressively prosecutes all drug crimes, but none are more serious than trafficking. In fact, convictions for trafficking include mandatory minimum prison sentences and exorbitant fines. On top of that, you will have a felony on your record that will likely follow you for the rest of your life.
Due to the severity of the consequences, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you. The prosecutor will work hard to build its case, so you need a lawyer to do the same.
With over 30 years of experience, Ronald S. Chapman knows how to defend clients against these charges. Our West Palm Beach drug trafficking lawyer is also a sole practitioner, so you will work directly with him. Contact us today to set up your consultation with Ronald S. Chapman.
Florida has certain thresholds for drug trafficking crimes. You must be found with at least the following amounts of drugs in order to be charged. The thresholds are:
- 300 plants or 25 pounds of cannabis
- 28 grams of cocaine
- 4 grams of fentanyl
- 1 kilogram of GHB
- 14 grams of hydrocodone
- 4 grams of heroin
- 1 gram of LSD
- 10 grams of MDMA
- 7 grams of oxycodone
One of the most frightening aspects of drug trafficking charges is the mandatory minimum sentencing requirements if convicted. For example, if you are convicted of trafficking in 14 or more grams of methamphetamine, you will be sentenced to at least three years in prison. However, that increases to at least seven years in prison if you are convicted of trafficking in 28 or more grams.
However, you will only go to prison if convicted, so contact West Palm Beach drug trafficking lawyer Ronald Chapman today in order to discuss your case.
You might have the opportunity to avoid jail time by providing substantial assistance to the prosecution. This means you will provide information to help law enforcement identify, arrest, or convict others engaged in criminal activity.
However, you should consult with a West Palm Beach drug trafficking lawyer before agreeing to provide substantial assistance. Your attorney protect your interests before providing the prosecutor with evidence. Additionally, your lawyer can review the evidence against you in order to find other options to avoid prison time and a large fine.