Drug Cases And Investigations
We handle all types and levels of drug cases and investigations, specifically those including drug case related extraditions from Latin American countries to various federal courts around the U.S.
- What Type Of Drug Offense Cases Do We Typically Handle?
- What Is The Difference Between Civil And Criminal Forfeiture In Drug Cases?
- When Can I Be Extradited To The US From Latin America In A Drug-Related Case?
At Forman Law Group, we have years of experience handling cases that deal with drug-related investigations and charges. We know the ins and outs of the complex legal system, and know-how crucial it is to enlist the legal assistance of an expert drug investigations attorney in Miami, Florida in the early stages to secure a successful case. Drug-related violations have strict laws and penalties. And, depending on the offense, the penalties can widely vary.
Most drug-related charges in Florida are felonies. However, the possession of marijuana is the only drug-related violation in Florida that can be a misdemeanor. In order to count as a misdemeanor charge, the possession of marijuana cannot be more than 20 grams. Possessing up to 20 grams of marijuana is a first-degree misdemeanor with a penalty of up to one year in prison with a $1,000 fine. Any possession of marijuana resulting in more than 20 grams becomes a third-degree felony charge with up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
The laws around drug possession or even drug trafficking become more stringent if the drugs are classified as a controlled dangerous substance. Controlled dangerous substances are divided into five different schedules based on medical value and/or abuse. For instance, possessing more than 10 grams of any schedule I drug is a first-degree felony with a penalty of up to 30 years in jail with a fine of up to $10,000. Schedule I drugs include heroin, LSD, ecstasy, methaqualone, and peyote. Schedule I drugs also have a higher potential for abuse and are not accepted for medical use, such as prescriptions. If you’re being investigated on drug-related charges, it is vital to consult with an experienced drug investigations attorney in Miami, Florida. Having a drug or fraud attorney in Miami, Florida on your side can prove invaluable. Doing so can save you from going to jail and paying substantial fines.
When drug trafficking is involved, the penalties become even more significant. Drug trafficking is considered the intentional manufacture, sale, transportation, purchase, possession, and delivery of a controlled substance in excess of possession limits. Depending on the controlled dangerous substance, the weight limits to determine penalties vary. The most common types of drugs that are trafficked include marijuana, cocaine, hydrocodone, LSD, ecstasy, and oxycodone. The penalties for trafficking can range from a minimum of three years in prison to life without parole and/or a fine of up to $50,000. Any individual who is in possession of a controlled dangerous substance can end up with drug trafficking charges if they are found to have more than the possession limits.
It is expedient to hire a drug investigations attorney in Miami, Florida if you are being investigated or charged with a drug offense. Cases involving drug offenses move quickly, and it is vital to have the right representation from the beginning. At Forman Law Group, we will work hard to defend your case against drug-related charges. We’ll put our years of knowledge and experience to work to reduce charges, penalties, and jail time.
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