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Drug Offenses

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Drug Offenses | Call 1-800-4-INJURY | 727-849-5353

As you’ll see from Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing structure, a drug trafficking offense is very serious and a conviction will involve substantial prison time as well as stiff financial penalties. If you’ve been charged with a drug trafficking offense in Florida, you should hire a Florida criminal trial lawyer to represent your interests. In certain instances, an experienced drug trafficking lawyer, can negotiate a reduction in the charges so that the mandatory minimum sentence doesn’t factor into the case. For example, if a drug trafficking charge can be reduced to drug possession, it represents a significant reduction in potential sentencing.

In most drug cases, whether it’s drug possession or drug trafficking, search and seizure issues become critical to your legal defense. In order to perform a search of your vehicle, your residence, or your person, the police must have probable cause. In preparing your defense, our team of aggressive Florida criminal lawyers will review and study the evidence to be used against you.

Florida Drug Trafficking Mandatory Minimum Sentences

§ 893.135: Trafficking, mandatory sentences; suspension or reduction of sentences; conspiracy to engage in trafficking:

CANNABIS (the following represent “Trafficking in cannabis,” all of which are First Degree Felony Charges):

Charge Vs Mandatory Minimum Sentence

  • In excess of 25 but less than 2,000 pounds or 300 or more cannabis plants – 3 Years + $25,000 fine
  • 2,000 pounds but less than 10,000 pounds or is 2,000 or more cannabis plants – 7 Years + $50,000 fine
  • 10,000 pounds or more or is 10,000 or more cannabis plants – 15 Years + $200,000 fine

COCAINE (the following represent “Trafficking in cocaine,” all of which are First Degree Felony Charges):

Charge Vs Mandatory Minimum Sentence

  • 28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams – 3 Years + $50,000 fine
  • 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams – 7 Years + $100,000 fine
  • 400 grams or more, but less than 150 kilograms – 15 Years + $250,000 fine

HEROIN (the following represent “Trafficking in heroin,” all of which are First Degree Felony Charges):

Charge Vs Mandatory Minimum Sentence

  • 4 grams or more, but less than 14 grams – 3 Years + $50,000 fine
  • 14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams – 15 Years + $100,000 fine
  • 28 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms – 25 Years + $500,000 fine