If you have been charged with trafficking in cannabis in Florida then you may have a defense. Constructive possession and lack of knowledge are both defenses that are oftentimes successful when fighting trafficking cases. Attorney Williams can also attack the legality of any search conducted by law enforcement that led to your arrest. Even if you don’t think you have a defense, you should always speak to an attorney to make sure you have a full understanding of how the law applies specifically to your case. If you want to know more about constructive possession or lack of knowledge, or if you want to talk to a lawyer about how to beat your trafficking case in Florida, then contact Matthew Williams now for a free consultation.
In Florida, trafficking in cannabis is defined under Florida Statute 893.135(1)(a). The severity of the charge and the length of the minimum mandatory sentence depend on how much cocaine someone is caught with.
There is a three-year minimum mandatory sentence that must be imposed in any case where the Defendant is convicted of trafficking in, sale of, or possession of between 25 to 2,000 pounds of cannabis, or between 300 and 2,000 plants of cannabis.
There is a seven-year minimum mandatory sentence that must be imposed in any case where the Defendant is convicted of trafficking in, sale of, or possession of between 2,000 and 10,000 pounds of cannabis, or between 2,000 and 10,000 plants of cannabis.
There is a fifteen-year minimum mandatory sentence that must be imposed in any case where the Defendant is convicted of trafficking in, sale of, or possession of more than 10,000 pounds of cannabis or more than 10,000 plants of cannabis.
In addition, any person convicted of trafficking in cannabis will have their driver’s license suspended for six months by the Florida DHSMV under Florida Statute 322.055, and they have to pay a minimum fine of at least $50,000.
Criminal convictions, especially convictions for drug-related charges, carry severe consequences and can never be removed from your criminal record. If you are convicted of a felony you will lose your right to vote, your right to own firearms, and your ability to maintain certain business licenses. You can also lose your ability to receive financial aid, your ability to live in certain places and your ability to obtain a passport.
If you need an attorney who will advise you, fight for your rights, and do everything possible to protect your future, or if someone you know has been charged with trafficking in Florida then contact Matthew Williams now for a free consultation.