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Tackling Your Jacksonville Drug Trafficking Charges

Skilled drug crime defense attorneys fighting for your future

Florida’s drug trafficking laws are among the most strict in the country.  Law enforcement and members of the judiciary are exceptionally tough on those accused of trafficking, as it’s considered among the most serious of charges.  If you’ve been accused of drug trafficking, it is imperative that you seek the help of a competent, dedicated drug crimes attorney, who can navigate the complex laws surrounding these types of crimes.

At the law office of Robert Shafer & Associates, P.A., we have the skills and experience needed to defend you against charges of drug trafficking.  We understand that your future is at stake. With more than 80 years of combined experience, our attorneys are prepared to mount a rigorous defense of your rights in court.

The realities of a drug trafficking charge

Florida drug laws are both numerous and complex.  Trafficking laws use both the types of drugs and the amount of the drugs in their sentencing: some drugs carry weightier penalties than others.

For example, the generic drug hydrocodone is present in both Lortab and Vicodin. If you’re caught with seven Lortab pills in your possession, you face a trafficking conviction, and anywhere between three and thirty years in prison. Trafficking Hydrocodone carries fines between $50,000 and $500,000, depending on how many grams you have. If you’re caught with 28 grams of cocaine — one ounce, or the equivalent of 2 tablespoons of butter — you face mandatory fines and time in Florida State prison.

You don’t have to be caught distributing drugs in order to be charged with trafficking. If the combined weight of the drugs is high enough, the state can charge you simple because they’re in your possession. Certain classes of drugs have higher trafficking thresholds than others.

Sales and distribution charges vary

  • The sale of any illegal drug (except marijuana) is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in Florida state prison.
  • The sale or distribution of marijuana is a third degree felony, punishable by up to five years in a Florida state prison.
  • Conspiracy to distribute drugs is punishable by up to 30 years in Florida state prison.

In order to be charged with conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs, the government only has to prove that you were loosely associated with co-conspirators. In other words, if you are connected to a telephone call involved with the distribution of drugs, without any drug transaction actually tacking place, you could be charged with conspiring with the person to whom you spoke, as that person may be having conversations with others involved in the conspiracy whom you never met.

Contact our Jacksonville firm for a free initial consultation

If you have been charged with drug cultivation, manufacturing, distribution or trafficking, contact Robert Shafer & Associates. These types of drug charges are extremely serious, and our attorneys have the skills to help you. Call us at 888-821-5915 or fill out our online quick contact form to schedule your initial free consultation. The drug crime attorneys at Robert Shafer & Associates welcome the opportunity to learn about the drug charges brought against you and get right to work on designing your defense.