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Tampa Federal Drug Crime Lawyer

Federal drug charges need to be taken very seriously. The average federal drug trafficking sentence is six and a half years in federal prison, with many convicted offenders serving decades-long terms. The Tampa federal drug crime lawyer at The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. has experience negotiating favorable plea deals as well as defending our clients in trial. We will do everything in our power to reach the best possible outcome in your situation, and will build a defense strategy unique to your case.

When Does a Drug Crime Become a Federal Offense?

Florida has laws against drug trafficking, possession, and possession with the intent to distribute. But the federal government has priority to bring charges in certain situations, such as:

  • The controlled substance was moved across state lines or national borders
  • The controlled substance transaction took place on federal property
  • The sale, distribution, manufacture, or transport involved offenders from multiple states
  • Offenders used the US Postal Service or other interstate transportation

Federal Drug Possession

Holding a small amount of a controlled substance is considered simple possession. Federal drug possession carries a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of $1,000. A second conviction can result in up to two years in prison and a fine of $2,5000. These penalties are similar to Florida state simple possession offenses.

Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking is the manufacture, sale, distribution, or transportation of a large quantity of a controlled substance. Drug trafficking is a much more serious crime than simple possession. The penalties for trafficking are based on the type and quantity of controlled substance. Examples include:

Mandatory minimum five years in prison, up to 40 years in prison:

  • Cocaine (Schedule II)—500-4999 gram mixture
  • Fentanyl (Schedule I)—40-399 gram mixture
  • Heroin (Schedule I)—100-999 gram mixture
  • LSD (Schedule I)—1-9 gram mixture
  • Methamphetamine (Schedule II)—5-49 gram mixture
  • PCP (Schedule II)—100-999 gram mixture

Mandatory minimum 10 years in prison, up to life in prison:

  • Cocaine (Schedule II)—5 kilogram mixture or more
  • Fentanyl (Schedule IV)—400 gram mixture or more
  • Heroin (Schedule I)—1 kilogram mixture or more
  • LSD (Schedule I)—10 gram mixture or more
  • Methamphetamine (Schedule II)—500 gram mixture or more
  • PCP (Schedule II)—1 kilogram mixture or more

Defense Against Federal Drug Crimes

Federal prosecutors have a very high conviction rate, and 97 percent of those convicted of federal drug trafficking are sentenced to prison. There are defenses, however, to drug possession and drug trafficking. Unlawful search and seizure, entrapment, and not having knowledge of the drug on your possession are just a few avenues that we may pursue.

Call a Tampa Federal Drug Crime Lawyer Today

We understand how frightening this situation is for you. You have most likely been pressured into speaking with law enforcement or prosecutors about your case. We strongly encourage you to refrain from doing this, and to first call a Tampa federal drug crime lawyer before unintentionally incriminating yourself. The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. is in your corner. Call us today at 813-217-5715 to schedule a free consultation.

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