Florida Drug Trafficking Statutes

Drug trafficking is taken seriously in Florida. Therefore, the penalties associated with this crime if you are found guilty are no less than life changing. From prison time to fines and much more, you could be facing a drastic life change if a judge and jury convicts you. In fact, not only will you have a permanent criminal record, but your relationships and career will be negatively affected. Here’s what you should know about Florida’s drug trafficking statutes and also how to get the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Florida Drug Trafficking Statutes by Substance

Florida penalizes drug trafficking according to the substance being trafficked.

Cocaine

  • 28-200 grams — $50,000 fine and 3 years imprisonment
  • 200-400 grams — $100,000 fine and 7 years imprisonment
  • 400 grams – 150 kilograms — $250,000 fine and 15 years imprisonment
  • 150+ kilograms — Life imprisonment without the option of parole

Heroin

  • 4-14 grams — $50,000 fine and 3 years imprisonment
  • 14-28 grams — $100,000 fine and 15 years imprisonment
  • 28 grams – 30 kilograms — $500,000 fine and 25 years imprisonment

Hydrocodone

  • 14-28 grams — $50,000 fine and 3 years imprisonment
  • 29-49 grams — $100,000 fine and 7 years imprisonment
  • 50-200 grams — $500,000 fine and 15 years imprisonment
  • 200 grams – 30 kilograms — $750,000 fine and 25 years imprisonment

Oxycodone

  • 7-14 grams — $50,000 fine and 3 years imprisonment
  • 14-25 grams — $100,000 fine and 7 years imprisonment
  • 15-100 grams — $500,000 fine and 15 years imprisonment
  • 100 grams – 30 kilograms — $750,000 fine and 25 years imprisonment

Methamphetamine

  • 14-28 grams — $50,000 fine and 3 years imprisonment
  • 28-200 grams — $100,000 fine and 7 years imprisonment
  • 200+ grams — $250,000 fine and 15 years imprisonment

LSD

  • 1-5 grams — $50,000 fine and 3 years imprisonment
  • 5-7 grams — $100,000 fine and 7 years imprisonment
  • 7+ grams — $500,000 fine and 15 years imprisonment

Ecstasy

  • 10-200 grams — $50,000 fine and 3 years imprisonment
  • 200-400 grams — $100,000 fine and 7 years imprisonment
  • 400+ grams — $250,000 fine and 15 years imprisonment

 Defenses Against Drug Trafficking Charges

If you’re facing drug trafficking charges, there are a few different defenses to use. In fact, your lawyer will help you determine which one is most likely to be successful in your case depending on the circumstances, facts, and evidence in your case. For example, you could argue actual innocence if the drugs are planted by someone else on you or your property. Or, you may be able to argue that the police illegally searched you. Illegal search and seizure is a very viable defense. It may keep the actual substances out of court evidence, making it harder for the prosecution to make a case against you.

Contact Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Lawyer Leah Mayersohn, Esq. Today

Don’t let drug trafficking charges ruin your life. Get help from an experienced drug trafficking attorney today to defend yourself and protect your rights under Florida law. Call now for a consultation at 954-400-5000.


The Basics of Burglary

Burglary is not a charge to be taken lightly and if you are found guilty, you could face serious consequences including imprisonment, fines, restitution, probation, community service, and more. It’s important to work hand-in-hand with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer who can help you advocate for your rights under the law. Here’s what you should know about the crime of burglary.

Burglary Defined Under Florida Law

Florida statutes define burglary fairly simply. In order to be charged with burglary, a defendant must — without permission — enter a building with the intent to steal something or commit any type of felony. Although theft is a misdemeanor, it is considered separate from felonies and included in the definition of burglary. If you do not take any property or commit any crimes, but it can be proven that you intended to do so, you may be charged with burglary.

How to Defend Yourself Against Burglary Charges

There are a multitude of potential defenses to a burglary charge. Which defenses are used depends on the facts of your case and which defense your attorney thinks is most likely to be successful under the circumstances. Defenses can include but are not limited to arguing:

  • Actual innocence
  • Mistaken identity
  • That there is not enough evidence presented by the prosecution to convict the defendant beyond a shadow of a doubt
  • That no crime actually took place because the defendant:
    • Had permission from the owner of the building to enter
    • Never actually entered the building
    • Did not have the intent to steal property or commit a felony while inside the building

When to Hire an Attorney

If you’ve been charged with burglary, waste no time in contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney who can adequately advocate for your rights. At Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense, we have the skills and resources to help you defend against criminal charges. Our attorneys are dedicated to giving your case the time and attention needed to be successful.

We understand that facing criminal charges is difficult and overwhelming. In fact, we will be there to help you each step of the way. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your specific needs by calling the office at 954-400-5000.