Manufacturing, Distribution, Selling & Trafficking
We have represented clients for manufacturing, distribution, selling, and trafficking in all types of controlled substances. We have represented clients both in state and federal court on these types of charges.
Minimum Mandatory Sentences
Particularly problematic in both state and federal drug cases are the minimum mandatory sentences that can apply for three, five, seven, ten, fifteen, twenty, or twenty-five years. These minimum mandatory sentences depend upon the type and amount of the substance allegedly possessed by the accused. They can be waived only by the Prosecuting authority.
Drug Charges Defense
There are several ways to attack a case when someone is accused of a drug possession charge. We look at motions to suppress involving the officer’s right to search the accused’s person, vehicle, or home. We look for motions involving the seizure of the substance(s), as well as any factual issues in terms of the State’s burden to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt in front of a jury. We have successfully attacked K-9 searches, raised successful Constitutional challenges, and won multiple cases in front of a jury.
Drug Case Experience
Another benefit to my clients in Pinellas County and Hillsborough County is that we have built successful relationships with professionals in the drug rehabilitation system. We have built up strong ties with the personnel in drug courts as well as with the individuals that are responsible for making filing decisions on drug charges. My office has a strong professional relationship with these drug rehabilitation professionals and they have come to respect my office as we advocate for what is best for our clients. I am able to understand and decipher and advise clients whether their case needs to be resolved or litigated.
My office prides itself on the trial results in drug cases and the legal Motions to Suppress that we have won in these cases. We also are happy that we have been able to steer our clients in the right direction towards help with substance abuse programs. Because of my extensive experience in dealing with these issues, my connections with people in the drug rehabilitation profession, and my ability to decipher the best way to handle a case, I feel that I have a unique and specialized knowledge to help individuals with these issues.
Drug Epidemic & Treatment
We are especially cognizant of the increasing epidemic of drug addiction in the state of Florida. The poisons of the new millennium were prescription pills like Xanax and Oxycodone. We have represented so many good people that have gotten into a car accident or been injured and then become addicted to strong painkillers that were over-prescribed by irresponsible doctors and pain management clinics. I have spent years representing clients dealing with these issues, helping them as well as fighting their case. Even more recently, fentanyl has emerged as a uniquely dangerous street-level drug. Addiction to any substance can eventually lead to a fatal outcome and we are aware that sometimes, an arrest and court intervention after that arrest can be the best time to intervene and turn a person’s life around.