Florida has strict laws around drug trafficking, which can result in some pretty severe ramifications if someone is convicted. Ultimately, the result of a given case depends on a number of variables and can vary from case to case, but there are some baseline penalties that have been established by the state.
In the case of cocaine, your charges can be elevated from possession to trafficking, depending on the quantity of cocaine taken at the time you were arrested. For 28 to 200 grams of cocaine, there is a minimum prison sentence of 3 years. The penalty increases with the amount seized, and with more than 400 grams of cocaine, the minimum mandatory term of incarceration is 15 years.
When federal authorities charge you with cocaine trafficking, the fines can run into the millions of dollars and prison sentences of not less than ten years for a first offense. Trafficking is a felony drug crime that demands an attorney who can actively contest the charges each step of the way in order to reach a favorable outcome.
It may be important to note that drug trafficking is different from drug distribution because the weight and amount of the substance must be considered for trafficking, and no movement is required.
What Should You Do Next?
If you or a loved one has been charged with a cybercrime, often the next best step to take is to talk to a criminal defense lawyer. The cost of fines combined with the cost of having a conviction on your record can be detrimental.
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., we may be able to help with your charges today. Call us today to talk to someone about setting up your defense for your case. (305) 330-1360