Tampa Drug Crimes Lawyer

Since 1977, Trombley & Hanes, P.A., and its trusted Tampa drug crime defense lawyers have provided full-service state and federal legal defense strategies for individuals in Florida and throughout the U.S.

We understand drug crimes are some of Florida’s most harshly penalized crimes. This is true for several reasons, including how vulnerable the state’s geography is to international drug trafficking and state and federal law enforcement’s commitment to upholding their public persona of doing all they can to keep drugs off our streets and out of our communities.

Whether you have been charged with possessing, delivering, manufacturing, or trafficking controlled substances in Florida, a conviction may include steep fines, ongoing probation requirements, jail time — or lengthy prison sentences. You do not have to face these charges and their potential penalties alone.

Our Hillsborough County drug crimes lawyers will provide attentive legal representation and quality services you can trust to protect your rights and defend your interests throughout the criminal process. Do not let the fear of the unknown overwhelm you. Contact our Florida drug crime defense attorneys for help today.

Drug Crime Law in Tampa

Drug crimes are some of the most harshly penalized crime types in Florida. Being charged and convicted of a drug crime could lead to prison time, large fines and fees, and a black mark on your permanent record. At the law office of Trombley & Hanes, our Tampa drug crime lawyer can provide you with attentive legal representation and quality services that you can trust. If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime in Tampa, you need a lawyer on your side to protect your rights and defend your interests throughout the criminal process. Call us directly today to learn more about your legal options and get started.

Drug crimes in Florida and through the country are a constant priority for local and federal law enforcement agencies and range from simple marijuana possession to complex schemes involving the distribution and sale of marijuana, methamphetamine, ecstasy, pain medication and cocaine. Distribution channels such as cargo ships, container ships, private air transportation and even the US mail are monitored by law enforcement in an effort to crack down on drug sales and possession.

Often, defendants are unaware of the serious penalties associated with simple drug possession and fail to realize that the weight of the drug alone or the quantity of pills possessed can result in sever minimum mandatory prison sentences.

Partner with Skilled Drug Crime Defense Attorneys in Tampa, Florida

Being arrested for a drug crime in Florida is a serious charge that can impact your future in ways you may have never imagined. The charges can increase exponentially depending on the type and weight of the drugs found in your possession, which means suddenly you may face significant jail time for felony drug charges.

Our skilled drug crimes defense lawyers in Tampa have successfully handled cases involving:

  • Possession
  • Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver
  • Delivery/Distribution
  • Distributing Drugs to Minors
  • Manufacturing
  • Prescription Drug Possession and Rx Fraud
  • Trafficking and Conspiracy to Traffic Drugs

Of the following drugs:

  • Crack Cocaine and Powder Cocaine
  • Fentanyl
  • Hallucinogens
  • Heroin
  • Marijuana
  • MDMA and GHB
  • Methamphetamine
  • Opioids

Each of these charges may increase significantly when the person being charged has a prior drug crime conviction or when weapons were found during the commission of the drug crime. In addition, when the drugs cross state lines, drug trafficking can be charged as a federal crime, significantly increasing the penalties that a U.S. attorney will pursue.

Whether this is your first drug crime offense, or you are facing significant prison time for being a habitual offender, partnering with our experienced drug crime defense lawyers in Tampa may mean the difference between freedom and incarceration. Contact us today to learn more about our customized legal defense strategies that can change the direction of your case.

Tampa Drug Crime Types We Work On

If you have been arrested for and charged with a drug crime in our state, our experienced Tampa drug crime lawyers can provide legal representation throughout the duration of your case. Types of drug crime cases we work on include:

  • Being in possession of a controlled substance can result in very serious consequences, even if there is no proof that you have used or distributed the substance.
  • Distribution and trafficking. Under Florida law, anyone who knowingly sells, purchases, manufacturers, delivers, or brings into the state a controlled substance may be found guilty of drug trafficking. Drug trafficking is typically considered a more severe crime than possession, and is penalized as such.
  • Prescription drug crimes. Just because a drug is a prescription drug does not mean that possession or distribution of the drug is lawful. Common types of prescription drug crime charges that we work on include possession and distribution of hydrocodone, oxycodone/oxycontin, and Xanax/alprazolam.
  • Marijuana offenses. While medical marijuana is now allowed in Florida, non-lawful possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana is a felony offense.

What are Florida’s Drug Crime Penalties?

Drug crimes in Florida are penalized based on the type of crime — including possession, distribution, or trafficking — the quantity of the drug involved, and the type of drug involved.

For example:

  • Possession of certain drugs in Florida is a first-degree misdemeanor and can have consequences of up to one year in jail and fines totaling up to $1,000.
  • Possession of more than 25 pounds of marijuana is a first-degree felony in Florida that carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years up to 15 years.

Other types of drugs, and the amount in question, can lead to similar penalties. In addition to potential prison time, drug crimes may also be associated with significant fines, mandatory rehabilitation classes, and other consequences. Having a drug crime on your criminal record may make obtaining work, housing, and other opportunities difficult. Partnering with a leading drug crime defense attorney in Tampa immediately after an arrest will help minimize your risks going forward.

At Trombley & Hanes, our Florida drug crime defense lawyers have over 110 years of combined skill and dynamic legal experience to produce actual results for your case — just as we have for hundreds of clients before you. Contact us today to learn more.

How Can Trombley & Hanes Build a Strong Defense for My Florida Drug Crimes Case?

At Trombley & Hanes, we represent individuals from all walks of life who have been charged with drug crimes in Florida. This includes individuals with drug dependency problems that have been arrested multiple times for the same charge and are facing significant consequences, those facing federal drug trafficking and conspiracy charges, and every type of case in between.

In Florida, state and federal law enforcement agencies seek maximum penalties for drug crimes to prove to the public that they are tough on crime — and serious about getting drugs off our streets.

We understand that no matter what type of drug crime you have been charged with in Florida, avoiding a conviction is paramount to your future success, and we will work tirelessly to pursue the best outcome for your unique circumstances.

Building a solid drug crime defense strategy requires outlining our client’s cases to fully understand their charges and the evidence the prosecutor or U.S. Attorney has to use against them.

We will then assess how the arrest was made and whether our client’s rights were violated from the moment law enforcement made contact, through their evidence collection, and while police were interviewing them.

Finally, we will challenge the prosecution’s case from every angle using our criminal defense skills, knowledge, and resources to ensure our client gets the best defense strategy available for their unique circumstances. At Trombley & Hanes, we understand that your future is in our hands and will leave no detail to chance when standing up for your legal rights.

Contact Our Dedicated Drug Crime Defense Attorneys in Tampa, Florida, for Help Today

When facing drug crime charges and the potential consequences of a conviction, you need a skilled Tampa criminal defense lawyer from the beginning. Do not let state or federal law enforcement intimidate you into providing a statement before you have an attorney to protect your best interests.

You have the right to remain silent and to speak with an attorney. Invoke both and contact our trusted criminal defense lawyers in Florida, who have been producing actual results for real people for more than 110 combined years.

Contact us at 813-229-7918 or online to schedule a consultation to learn more.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Our Drug Crime Defense Attorneys in Tampa, Florida

What if the Drugs I Was Arrested for Were Not Mine?

There are instances when a routine traffic stop can lead to a drug crime charge, even when the driver did not know narcotics were inside the vehicle. Unfortunately, the police nor the prosecution are simply going to take your word for it. This is especially true if you are being arrested for another crime at the time of the stop, like suspicion of driving while intoxicated, or if it was determined there was a warrant for your arrest. No matter your unique drug crime circumstances, we can help ensure you understand the charges and your legal rights and options to fight the charges.

How is a Federal Drug Crime Different Than a State Drug Crime in Florida?

Generally, a federal drug crime charge will be brought when drugs cross state lines, the crime occurs on federal property, or other charges like conspiracy, racketeering, or money laundering, are part of the arrest.

Can I Be Charged with Drug Trafficking if the Narcotics are for Personal Use?

Yes. Many Florida residents face drug trafficking charges due to an addiction problem that turns their personal use into a high-level felony. When the controlled substance is found in their possession and meets the necessary weight to increase to a trafficking charge, the penalties increase significantly.

Can I Enter a Drug Rehabilitation Facility Instead of Going to Jail in Florida?

It depends. Drug abuse often leads to criminal charges. When these charges are non-violent and have not harmed another person, a Florida judge may use rehab as an alternative to jail when addiction is a factor in criminal activity. e

Will My Florida Drug Crimes Case Go to Trial?

It depends. All Florida drug crime cases are unique. When the prosecutor is unwilling to negotiate a fair outcome for our clients, and we believe we can win, we will take their cases to trial for the best result. This decision is assessed on a case-by-case basis and includes extensive collaboration with our clients about which legal strategy is best for their cases.

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