Drug trafficking is one of the most serious drug crimes to be charged with. You may think that if you aren’t running a large drug distribution operation, you’re safe from these charges. That, however, is not necessarily the case.
What is Drug Trafficking?
Drug trafficking, sometimes referred to as drug distribution, occurs when an individual engages in the transport, sale, or possession of a substantial amount of illegal drugs.
You could be charged with trafficking:
- Prescription medicine
In some cases, merely being in possession of a large amount of a drug is enough to warrant a trafficking charge, even if there is no evidence of transport or sale.
Penalties for Drug Trafficking
Depending on the circumstances of the arrest, drug trafficking penalties vary greatly.
The severity of the potential penalties depends on:
- The type of drug
- The amount of drug
- The location of the crime
- The offender’s criminal record/past convictions
Nearly all drug trafficking charges are felony offenses, punishable by expensive fines and mandatory minimum prison sentences.
In some severe cases though, drug trafficking can be charged as a federal offense. One reason for drug trafficking to be a federal crime is if the offense took place across state borders or example, driving from Florida to Georgia with cocaine in the car). If this happens, you could be required to pay millions of dollars worth of fines and be sentenced to decades in prison.
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Defending Against Drug Trafficking Charges
In many drug cases, our attorneys at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. have discovered that the evidence against our clients was obtained through an illegal search and seizure. If this is the case, the evidence collected cannot be used against the defendant and the charges can be dismissed. If you are being charged with drug trafficking, our Miami drug defense lawyers will investigate all aspects of your case to look for police misconduct. The sooner you get started on your defense, the better. Contact us today.