Drug trafficking is the intentional sale, purchase, manufacture, possession with intent to sell, or importation of illegal drugs over a specified amount. The court may determine possession with intent to sell by looking at the amount of drugs found in the defendant’s possession, the packaging of the drugs, or other circumstances that would imply that drug transactions had occurred or were about to occur.
Since Florida is one of the prime locations for drug trafficking in the U.S., Florida law has one of the strictest laws against drug trafficking in the country. The penalties for a drug trafficking conviction can range anywhere from several years to life in prison and include heavy fines. For example, according to Florida law, a person who is convicted of trafficking over 25 pounds of cannabis or 28 grams of cocaine is guilty of a first-degree felony, punishable by a mandatory minimum of 3 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. A defendant convicted of trafficking 2,000 to 10,000 pounds of cannabis will be sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison and have to pay a $200,000 fine; while someone convicted of trafficking 200 to 400 grams of cocaine will be sentenced to a minimum of 7 years imprisonment and must pay a fine of $100,000.
Drug trafficking is a serious felony and a drug conviction results in very severe, irreparable consequences for your life. If you have been charged with drug trafficking, you will need an effective, knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale who will aggressively defend your interests. The lawyers at Anidjar & Levine can help assess your situation, protect your rights, negotiate with the prosecution on your behalf, and reach the best possible outcome for your case. We know that a drug trafficking charge is a highly sensitive matter and our attorneys will take care to protect your privacy and provide you with the compassionate representation you deserve.
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