Fort Lauderdale Drug Crimes Attorney
If you’ve been arrested for a drug crime anyplace in the State of Florida, then this Fort Lauderdale Drug Crimes Lawyer can represent you. A criminal arrest can result from all sorts of different drug crimes. Amongst these are drug possession. By far the drug that leads to the most arrests for possession is marijuana (i.e., “pot,” “weed,” cannabis, hashish, etc.). While many people believe that marijuana should be legal, the drug still leads to many arrests.
Other drugs may likewise lead to arrests for possession. These include cocaine (“coke”), heroin, LSD and mushrooms, opioids, “speed,” and ecstasy. They also include prescription pills (if the possessor doesn’t have a prescription) including Xanax, Valium, benzodiazepines, Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin. If you were arrested for possession of prescription pills for which you had a prescription, then you will need to prove that you had a prescription in order to have your charges dropped.
In the State of Florida, possession of marijuana is typically a misdemeanor. Possession of any of the other drugs above, however, is a felony. Possession of drug paraphernalia is another charge that is a misdemeanor in Florida. Paraphernalia includes any devise used to ingest, inhale or inject a drug/narcotic.
If you’ve been arrested for a drug crime anyplace in Florida (including Miami, Miami-Dade County, West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach County), contact this Fort Lauderdale Drug Crimes Law Firm today. Mr. Quackenbush will defend your rights vigorously.Defense Provided by this Fort Lauderdale Drug Crimes Lawyer
Possession with intent to distribute (i.e., “drug dealing”) is another charge frequently seen in Florida. In order to charge you with possession with intent to distribute, the police (and the Prosecutor) will have to prove that you intended to sell the drug to somebody else. You having the drug in your possession is not enough. Rather, the police and the State Attorney will need to prove that you intended to sell the drug. This can be done through testimony (e.g., you tried to sell drugs to an undercover police officer), recorded conversation, etc.
While possession of marijuana is typically a misdemeanor charge, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute is typically a felony.
Drug trafficking is a charge that is also frequently seen in Florida Courts. Drug trafficking is a form of drug-dealing. The difference is that drug trafficking requires large amounts of narcotics. Like the charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute, Drug Trafficking is a felony – but it may carry stiffer penalties due to the large amount of drugs.Contact This Broward County Drug Charges Law Firm for Representation
If you’ve been caught with a drug on your person, then the police might be able to arrest you for drug possession. If you’ve been caught with a drug in your car, then the police might be able to do the same. However, if the police find drugs in a vehicle owned by somebody else in which you were a passenger, the police will not be able to arrest you for drug possession – unless they can show somehow that the drugs were yours.
If the police wrongfully stop/detain you and find drugs during an unlawful search, Mr. Quackenbush may be able to file a “Motion to Suppress.” When he argues the Motion to Suppress, Mr. Quackenbush will argue that the police shouldn’t have stopped and searched you in the first place. In order to do so, the police need reasonable suspicion (once they find drugs, they need “probable cause” in order to make an arrest). If the police don’t have reasonable suspicion that a crime is occurring, they can’t do a stop and search.
Therefore, if Mr. Quackenbush is able to convince your Judge that the police didn’t have reasonable suspicion to believe that a crime was underway when they stopped and searched you, the Judge should suppress the evidence of the drugs that the police found on you – meaning that the Prosecutor or State Attorney won’t be able to use the evidence in Court. If this occurs, then your case will likely be dropped.Advice From This South Florida Narcotis Arrest Attorney/Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested anywhere in Broward County (including Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, West Park, Weston and Wilton Manors) – Mr. Quackenbush will give you a free, no obligation consultation. Just call him at 954-448-7288.