Drug Crimes Attorney in Orlando, Florida
Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyer Across Orlando and Seminole County
No matter what type of drug charges you are facing, the consequences can drastically impact your future. You may be aware that a conviction for a drug crime often leads to fines and imprisonment. What most people do not realize is that being found guilty of a drug offense can also lead to the suspension of one’s driver’s license and could even impact career and education opportunities.
Attorney Michael Zmijewski of Z Law Firm is a former prosecutor with 18+ years of experience fighting for the rights of those accused of drug offenses throughout Central Florida. When you turn to our firm, you will receive one-on-one counsel from a reputable Orlando drug crime lawyer who has a proven track record of success.
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Reliable Defense Against Your Drug Crime Charges
At Z Law Firm, we have defended individuals facing charges for all types of drug offenses, including:
Drug distribution: Florida law prohibits the distribution or sale of controlled substances. A prosecutor must prove that a defendant “knowingly” participated in drug distribution activities and that the drugs in question are controlled substances as defined by state laws. The offense can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the type and amount of drug. When prosecuted as a first-degree felony, the crime can be punished by up to 30 years in jail.
Drug trafficking: When individuals cross state lines with large quantities of controlled substances, they can be charged with drug trafficking. A person can also face these types of charges if they are caught delivering or selling a controlled substance. The severity of the punishment is usually based on the seriousness of the drugs. There is a range of potential penalties, beginning with a minimum 3-year prison term and a $50,000 fine for 28 to 200 grams.
Heroin possession: Heroin is considered one of the most dangerous controlled substances, from both a health and legal standpoint. A prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was in possession of a substance and that it was heroin. When charged as a third-degree felony, a heroin possession conviction can result in up to 5 years in prison, a maximum fine of $5,000, and driver’s license suspension.
Marijuana possession: Having marijuana, even in small amounts, can lead to severe penalties. The specific punishment is determined by the amount of substance in one’s possession. The first tier of sanctions includes possession of up to 20 grams. This is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. On the other side of the spectrum, 10,000 pounds or more carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 15 years and a fine of up to $200,000.
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Fighting drug charges can be extremely difficult. It is crucial to have a skilled litigator on your side who can cast doubt on the prosecution’s case against you. If you have been arrested for a drug offense, be sure to reach out to Z Law Firm as soon as possible. Our Orlando drug crime attorney can immediately begin collecting necessary evidence and building a robust defense on your behalf.
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