Florida Drug Trafficking Laws Are Strict

If you are charged with this crime, you potentially face serious penalties. If convicted, you could incur a variety of punishments that will drastically and permanently alter your life, your career, and your relationships. When arrested for drug trafficking in the state of Florida, don’t hesitate to get legal assistance right away. Here’s what you need to know about laws that pertain to you and how an attorney can help.

Florida Drug Trafficking Laws by Substance

Florida segregates drug trafficking penalties by the substance which is being trafficked.

$50,000 fine and a mandatory minimum of 3 years incarceration

  • 28-200 grams of cocaine
  • 4-14 grams of heroin
  • 14-28 grams of hydrocodone
  • 7-14 grams of oxycodone
  • 14-28 grams of methamphetamine
  • 1-5 grams of LSD
  • 10-200 grams of ecstasy

 $100,000 fine and a mandatory minimum of 7-15 years incarceration

  • 200-400 grams of cocaine
  • 14-28 grams of heroin
  • 29-49 grams of hydrocodone
  • 14-25 grams of oxycodone
  • 28-200 grams of methamphetamine
  • 5-7 grams LSD
  • 200-400 grams of ecstasy

$250,000-$500,000 fine and a mandatory minimum of 15-25 years incarceration

  • 400 grams to 150 kilograms of cocaine
  • 28 grams to 30 kilograms of heroin
  • 50-200 grams of hydrocodone
  • 15-100 grams of oxycodone
  • 200+ grams of methamphetamine
  • 7+ grams of LSD
  • 400+ grams of ecstasy

$500,000-$750,000 fine and a mandatory minimum of 25 years incarceration

  • 200 grams – 30 kg of hydrocodone
  • 100 grams – 30 kg of oxycodone

Life sentence without parole

  • Over 150 kilograms of cocaine

How to Defend Yourself Against Drug Trafficking Charges in Florida

There are many different ways you can fight drug trafficking charges under Florida law. Perhaps you were an innocent party and unaware of the drugs’ location. Or maybe you did not have the intent to distribute the drugs. Often, drug lords will use innocent and unsuspecting parties and plant drugs on them in order to move the substances from one place to another.

Effective Defenses

However, by far one of the most effective defenses is that of improper search and seizure. In fact, law enforcement officials must have probable cause or a warrant to search your property. If they don’t, anything found during an illegal search may be able to be omitted from evidence. The prosecution will have a difficult time convicting a defendant of a drug trafficking crime when the drugs themselves cannot be entered into court.

Contact T. Martin Knopes, P.A. Today

If you’ve been charged with drug trafficking, you absolutely must take your situation seriously and work with a seasoned criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. Call for a free consultation today at (850) 683-0700.