Orlando Drug Crime Attorney
Get Defense For Drug Crime Charges in Florida: 407-995-6735
Getting arrested for a drug crime in Florida is a frightening, confusing, and stressful experience, no matter if it’s your first or fourth offense. A conviction can lead to a lengthy jail or prison sentence, expensive fines, and/or a permanent criminal record that can make it extremely tough to find a job, obtain housing, or take advantage of other opportunities in life.
If you are facing drug charges in Orlando, the Law Office of Carrie L. Rentz, P.A. is committed to protecting your rights, reputation, and future. With more than 15 years of experience, including time spent as a state prosecutor, Attorney Rentz can assess your case and determine your available legal options to help you avoid serious penalties or get your entire case dismissed.
Our Orlando drug crime lawyer can handle the following types of cases:
- Drug possession
- Drug possession with intent
- Drug sale and distribution
- Drug trafficking
- Drug manufacturing
Arrested for a drug crime? Contact us today to schedule a free case review.
Florida Drug Laws & Penalties
According to state law, a person is prohibited from possessing, possessing with an intent to sell, selling, delivering, manufacturing, or trafficking a controlled substance. Additionally, a person cannot drive under the influence of drugs or conspire to commit a drug crime.
Individuals accused of a drug crime may face a misdemeanor or a felony charge. A misdemeanor is often punishable by a maximum one-year jail sentence, while a person can potentially face a lifetime prison term if charged with a felony.
The specific penalties for a Florida drug crime depend on the following circumstances:
- The type of crime – Drug possession is considered the least serious offense compared to drug sales or drug trafficking since an alleged offender may possess a significant amount of a controlled substance or the offense involves multiple counties or states.
- The type of drug involved – Florida classifies controlled substances into five different schedules based on their medicinal value and/or likelihood of addiction. For example, Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use (e.g. heroin, LSD, cannabis, etc.), Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse and some accepted medical use associated with serious restrictions (e.g. cocaine, morphine, opium, etc.), Schedule III drugs have a lesser potential for abuse and accepted medical use (e.g. anabolic steroids and codeine), Schedule IV drugs have a lower potential for abuse with accepted medical use (e.g. diazepam), and Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential for abuse (e.g. Tylenol).
- The defendant’s criminal history – Although first-time offenders may be eligible for alternative sentencing such as drug court, those who have committed multiple drug crimes may face enhanced penalties, including mandatory minimum sentences.
- Other factors – Whether the alleged drug crime involved the use of weapons or committed within a close distance to a school or area with children in it, such factors can lead to enhanced penalties.
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Due to the severity of the penalties, having our Orlando drug crime attorney on your side can give you the best opportunity to win your case or avoid serious consequences. Let our firm help you get the best possible outcome. We represent cases in Orlando and throughout Orange County and Seminole County.
For more information about drug charges in Florida, call 407-995-6735 today to discuss your case with our Orlando drug crime lawyer.