Drug Trafficking Charges
Drug trafficking is simply illegal possession of drugs at or more than a certain weight. This includes possessing certain substances on Florida’s schedule of controlled dangerous substance (CDS), greater than a specific quantity. The penalties depend on the drug, where it falls on Florida’s schedule of CDS, and the amount of the substance that was found in possession.
Drug trafficking charges can be prosecuted at both the state and federal level. Federal drug trafficking charges are much more severe , and can result in up to life in prison and fines of more than a million dollars.
What determines a drug trafficking charge?
The weight of the drug possessed can cause the possession to include a drug trafficking charge. If the weight exceeds the weight defined by law, the penalties become much more severe.
The weight to trigger a drug trafficking charge is based on the drug in question. For marijuana, 25 pounds or 300 or more cannabis plants will result in a drug trafficking charge, which is also a first degree felony. 28 or more grams of cocaine and four or more grams of oxycodone/hydrocodone will result in a drug trafficking first degree felony.
What are the penalties?
Charges range from a minimum of three years in prison and a fine of $25,000, up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $200,000 or more. If possession exceeds certain weight limits on some drugs, the penalty can include a lifetime prison sentence.
Defense Against Drug Trafficking Charges
Drug trafficking is a very aggressively prosecuted crime, on both the state and federal level. The defense attorneys at Joffe Law, P.A. are experienced in drug trafficking cases, and will ensure you have the best chance of reducing or dismissing the charges against you.
Our attorneys will help you understand the severity of the offense you have been charged with, its penalties, and the possible outcomes of your case.
Contact us today so we can protect your rights. Call our office at 954-723-0007 to get started.