Drug Offenses & Drug Trafficking
The “war on drugs” has led the State of Florida to enact some of the toughest drug laws in the country. Many drug charges have mandatory/minimum prison sentences. Because the outcome of your drug case could have life-changing consequences, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you navigate through the court system.
A highly qualified attorney with the requisite training and experience to handle these types of cases can often assist you in the following ways: avoiding a mandatory/minimum prison sentence, maintaining your driver’s license and/or your ability to receive student loans, avoiding the stigma and real-life consequences of a drug conviction, challenging law enforcement’s seizure of your vehicle or personal property, and/or receiving treatment for substance abuse addiction.
As former prosecutors, we handled thousands of drug cases. As a result, we know what the Assistant State Attorney and Judge will be looking for. As criminal defense lawyers, we have handled countless other drug charges. After evaluating your drug case, Blake & Dorsten, P.A. can assist in many ways. We can advise you as to whether or not you should apply for the State’s PTI (pre-trial intervention) program. If appropriate, we can file a Motion to Suppress an illegal stop and/or detention. We can determine if your case meets the criteria for a transfer to “Drug Court.” We can also help you take the appropriate steps to enroll in a drug treatment program (before going to court), which can often make a difference in how the State Attorney’s Office and the Judge view your case.
If you find yourself facing a Drug Trafficking charge, the stakes are even higher. You are likely facing a mandatory/minimum prison sentence as well as a hefty fine. You will need an attorney who has vast experience handing these serious charges. As prosecutors, we investigated and handled numerous Drug Trafficking charges such as Trafficking in: Cocaine, Heroin, MDMA (Ecstasy), Cannabis (Marijuana), Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Oxycodone (Percocet or Roxicet), Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol) Molly and Phencyclidine (PCP).
There are certain options available to you when you face a Drug Trafficking charge. Sometimes, an experienced criminal defense attorney can negotiate an agreement with the State Attorney’s Office to waive the mandatory/minimum prison sentence and excessive fine and/or get the State Attorney’s Office to reduce your Drug Trafficking charge to a lesser included charge that does not require mandatory prison and an excessive fine.
With Drug charges, like most other criminal offenses, time is of the essence! Don’t wait until a court date has already been set. Many times, a private defense lawyer can meet with the State Attorney before criminal charges are even filed. By doing so, they may be able to convince the State to reduce or even dismiss your case.
If you have been charged with a drug offense or drug trafficking, contact the Blake & Dorsten, P.A. immediately. You will receive a free consultation from an experienced criminal attorney who can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
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