Skilled Florida Drug Offense Attorney
Florida law treats drugs offenses seriously. Drug offenses may be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony, which can significantly affect the sentence imposed.
When You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney
Mr. Yates is represents clients in the following matters:
- Possession includes possession of illegal drugs, as well as the unlawful possession of legal drugs, such as prescription medications
- Sale of illegal drugs and the unlawful sale of prescription drugs
- Trafficking refers to distribution as well as possession of large quantities of drugs and carries a mandatory prison sentence
Some of the above offenses may be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail, imposition of a fine, or a combination of the two. Felonies, however, are punishable by more than one year in prison and are further classified by degree.
The drug laws in Florida are extremely comprehensive and require the skill and attention of an experienced Florida criminal defense attorney like Mr. Yates.
Florida Drug Sentences
Some drug offenses, such as trafficking, carry minimum mandatory prison sentences. A misdemeanor possession of marijuana, however, may still result in serious curtailments of your freedom – a conviction results in the suspension of your driver license for two years. Drug court may also be available to you depending on the charge, whether it is a misdemeanor or felony, and if it is your first offense.
Mr. Yates will also explore any and all defenses you may have, including issues relating to the legality of the stop, search and subsequent detention of your person.