Drug Defense Lawyers in JacksonvilleDrug possession is a very serious crime in Florida, carrying very harsh penalties, depending upon the type of drug and whether it is a possession charge or a dealing/selling charge, which carries higher penalties. Wood, Atter & Wolf understands the significance of being charged with a drug offense. We know a felony drug conviction will stay with you for the rest of your life. Florida’s drug laws apply to all types of drug offenses including possession of cocaine, crack, heroin, LSD, marijuana and other narcotics including opioids. If you have been arrested for committing a drug crime, it is common for the arresting officer will engage you in conversation to discover if you had any intent to sell for purposes of collecting additional evidence against you. If it is alleged that you sold drugs to minors or within a certain distance of a school, the penalties imposed by Florida courts could be much worse. Before you make any statements to police retain a Jacksonville Criminal Attorney to protect your legal rights. Michael Atter has successfully defended clients accused of drug offenses including possession, sale, trafficking and distribution. When your future is on the line it is important to hire experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive criminal defense attorneys who will fight for your freedom.
Many questions need to be answered including did police overstep their bounds, was an illegal search and seizure conducted, or were you entrapped by law enforcement. Just because you have been charged with a crime doesn’t mean you are guilty or will be convicted. If you have been arrested for a drug offense, contact Wood, Atter & Wolf today (904) 355-8888.Drug OffensesDrug PossessionDrug possession is a crime involving the possession of illegal substances or prescription drugs for which one does not have a doctor’s prescription. This illegal possession can be found on their person, in their vehicle or on their property. Drug possession offenses are determined by the amount, type of illegal substance and any paraphernalia found such as pipes, hypodermic needles, scales and other drug use instruments. Offenses range from misdemeanors to felonies.MarijuanaAlthough the acceptance of the use of marijuana has become more mainstream throughout the country and legal in some states, the possession of marijuana is still a crime in Florida under most circumstances, and it even be a felony if you are in possession of more than 20 grams, which carries the possibility of a state prison sentence. Do not be lured into a false sense of ease if charged with possession of marijuana. You still need an experienced attorney, such as you will find at Wood, Atter & Wolf, to protect your rights and defend your freedom.Drug CultivationThe cultivation of any illegal drug is a serious offense and carries significant penalties if convicted. Although marijuana has been approved for prescription by doctors for medical purposes, individuals found growing marijuana can be convicted of a serious crime. Other manufactured substances like crack cocaine, crystal meth, PCP and other dangerous narcotics are felonies and carry mandatory sentencing guidelines and significant fines.Distribution and TraffickingDrug trafficking is a first-degree felony in the State of Florida. It can carry a prison term of 3-5 years to life in prison depending on the type of substance and the quantity at the time of the arrest.Prescription Drug Sale and FraudPain medication abuse is fast becoming a major epidemic in this country. Millions of Americans have fallen victim to opioid addiction. Prescription drugs like OxyContin and Oxycodone have legitimate medical uses for coping with pain related to injury and chronic ailments. Their widespread usage and addiction has also become so prevalent that doctors have been given a mandate to regulate their prescription length and duration. Prescription drug fraud of these narcotics has become common place for those seeking the drug without a valid prescription. The State of Florida has enacted some of the strongest legislation for prescription drug crimes and penalties.Search and SeizureThe Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits “unreasonable,” warrantless searches and seizures. While the law may be complicated, generally law enforcement must have probable cause to believe a crime has been committed before a search can be conducted, and there are limited circumstances under which a search may be legally performed without a Search Warrant approved by a Judge. Wood, Atter & Wolf have successfully protected the rights of individuals whose constitutional rights to illegal search and seizure have been violated. Hire an Experience Drug Defense AttorneyBeing arrested for a serious crime such as drug possession, intent to sell or distribute drugs is a life- altering event. A drug conviction can have significant ramifications on one’s future including: obtaining a quality job, acquiring a personal loan or being issued certain professional licenses. Questions may arise to validate whether or not police had probable cause before a search warrant was secured or if a warrantless search is lawful. Our firm is experienced in defending drug–related charges. Wood, Atter and Wolf will aggressively represent you by employing effective defense strategies ranging from suppression hearings (to exclude illegally obtained evidence) to jury trials. If you or a family member have been accused or arrested for a drug offense, Michael Atter has over 35 years of criminal drug defense experience. We can help you understand your rights if you are charged with a drug–related crime. Contact Us Online or Call Us at (904) 355-8888 to set up a consultation.