South Florida Drug Charge Attorneys
A drug charge can be an overwhelming and frightening experience. You may be facing a state level misdemeanor or felony charge, or even a federal offense. A drug arrest threatens your future with the possibility of jail time and/or probation, steep fines, and a criminal record that can interfere with your future opportunities.
If you’ve been arrested for or charged with a drug crime, you will want a skilled criminal defense attorney, with drug crimes experience, fighting for your future.
Delray Beach Drug Defense Lawyers
At McLaughlin Morris, P.A., our trial attorneys will vigorously fight for you, to prevent these life-changing consequences from affecting your future. As a former prosecutor, Jeff Morris has handled a range of misdemeanor and felony drug cases. We know exactly what you're facing and we know how to tackle the charges against you.
We will analyze the unique details of your case and give you an honest assessment of what's ahead. You may have several options available to you, and we can help ensure you pursue the best option for your situation. By aggressively defending you and keeping you informed through every step of the process, our team can reduce the stress you face during this challenging time.
Contact the drug defense lawyers at McLaughlin Morris, P.A. to handle your case and proactively seek a positive resolution for your situation. We have offices in Delray Beach and Miami, and represent clients throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties. Call us today at (561) 404-0529, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, to schedule your free consultation.
Miami Drug Charge Information Center
- Types of Drugs Throughout the Palm Beach Area
- Potential Drug Charges You Could Face in South Florida
- Defenses to Drug Charges in Florida
- Finding a Drug Crime Defense Attorney in South Florida
Federal laws categorize the various types of drugs into different groups called Schedules. These schedules denote each drug's risks and potential for abuse, as well as the penalties for offenses involving the substances. The schedules are described as follows:
- Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and no acknowledged medical use in the United States. Some examples are GHB, heroin, cannabis and salvia divinorum.
- Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse and very limited accepted medical use in the United States. Common examples are opium, cocaine and Vicodin.
- Schedule III drugs have a potential for abuse, but lower than Schedule I or II drugs, and an accepted medical use in the United States. Some examples are barbituric acid and anabolic steroids.
- Schedule IV drugs have a lower potential for abuse than Schedule III drugs and have accepted medical uses in the United States, like Diazepam (Valium), Barbital or Clonazepam (Klonopin).
- Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential for abuse and have accepted medical uses in the United States. Common examples include any medication that contains not more than 200 milligrams of codeine per 100 milliliters or 100 grams.
The Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, located in Florida Statutes § 893.13, outlines different penalties for different types of crimes involving various controlled substances. An experienced drug defense attorney from McLaughlin Morris, P.A. can answer your questions about the laws governing drug charges.
The most common drug charge is one of simply possessing a controlled substance. This could entail actual possession or constructive possession of the drug. The penalties for this crime vary depending on the drug in question and the amount discovered, but the penalties can be severe.
Possessing a controlled substance with intent to sell or distribute the drug is another serious charge that can be affected by the type and amount of the substance.
On a bigger scale, intending to sell drugs can be considered drug trafficking. This can also include manufacturing drugs, and if the offense fits within certain parameters, then you could be facing federal charges, as well as those on a state-level.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia is another common offense that may sound minor, but it carries the potential for serious penalties. Paraphernalia covers a wide range of items, from pipes to plastic baggies, and this charge is often served in conjunction with others.
The defense attorneys at McLaughlin Morris, P.A. have experience in tackling all of these types of charges across Delray Beach, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and the surrounding areas of South Florida. With an experienced attorney at your side, you can fight the serious consequences of drug related charges like these.
In any drug case, the primary evidence is typically the narcotics themselves. They are usually found as the result of a search, in which police looked into your pockets, bag, purse, glove compartment or trunk, or actually entered your home or property, looking for contraband.
In any place where you have a reasonable expectation of privacy, the police must have sufficient probable cause to conduct the search. In most cases, that requires obtaining a warrant signed by a judge.
If the police failed to follow proper procedure leading to the search, your attorney can challenge the search’s constitutionality and have the evidence obtained from the illegal search thrown out. Without that critical evidence, the charges might be reduced or dismissed.
This is far from your only option, though. The prosecutor must bring evidence proving the State's case beyond a reasonable doubt. Your lawyer will challenge the State’s evidence and vigorously cross-examine their witnesses to show the holes in their case.
Resources for Palm Beach Area Drug Cases
Drug Policy Alliance: The Drug Policy Alliance advocates for sensible drug laws in the United States.
RAND Drug Policy Research Center: This nonprofit institute studies drug policy and its effects.
No matter the drug–related offense with which you are charged, you face the possibility of serious consequences. You need an attorney on your side who is familiar with Florida's drug laws and who will aggressively defend your future.
At McLaughlin Morris, P.A., we tirelessly pursue a positive resolution for every client, and we can help you face this challenging situation. If you've been charged with a drug-related crime in Delray Beach, Miami, Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach or the surrounding areas, call us at (561) 404-0529 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to schedule your free consultation with our skilled attorneys.