Skilled Tampa Attorneys for the Defense of Drug Crimes
Former prosecutors experienced in state and federal court
Florida is a major entry point for drug traffic in the U.S. and a front in the war on drugs. For that reason, Florida authorities can be quite zealous in their prosecution of drug crimes. Drug charges are also different from most crimes, because in most cases, the prosecution does not have to prove intent; the mere presence of the drugs is often enough to convict. So, if you’ve been arrested on drug charges, you need experienced defense representation from attorneys who understand the law and how to attack the prosecution’s case against you. At The Matassini Law Firm, P.A., our defense attorneys are former prosecutors. We know how to challenge police procedures, including illegal searches and seizures. We put forth a vigorous defense, exploring every possible avenue to your best possible result.
Common drug offenses and penalties in Florida
At The Matassini Law Firm, we are prepared to deliver a professional criminal defense to a wide range of charges, including:
- Marijuana — Possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to one year. For first-time offenders, the court often allows enrollment in a pretrial diversion program. Possession of vast quantities leads to felony trafficking charges, with a prison sentence of up to 30 years and fines of up to $200,000.
- Cocaine — Possession, which need only be cocaine residue in a baggie, is a felony carrying up to five years' in prison and a $5,000 fine. Trafficking in cocaine is also a felony, but has much more serious punishments, ranging from three years in prison to life, depending on the amount.
- MDMA — Possession of more than 10 grams of Ecstasy is trafficking, a felony that carries a mandatory minimum of three years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Greater amounts can earn a minimum of 15 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
- Prescription medication —Possession and trafficking of unauthorized prescription drugs, such as OxyContin or steroids, are felonies. Possession may result in up to five years in prison. Trafficking carries mandatory prison time based on the amount of drugs seized.
If federal authorities, such as the Drug Enforcement Agency, get involved, the case will likely go to federal court, where the defendant may face even tougher mandatory penalties.
Call our Tampa attorneys for a vigorous defense to drug charges
Put a former criminal prosecutor to work on your defense. The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. is prepared to work energetically for your best possible outcome. Call us today at 813.379.2007 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.