Marc A. Joseph, P.A. Defends Drug Crime Charges in the Tampa Area
With the complexity of Florida’s drug laws and the harsh punishment for convicts, people charged with drug crimes in the Tampa area will need a criminal attorney experienced in drug crimes. Tampa drug crimes attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A. has this experience, including his defense of the following types of drug crime charges:
Possession of a Controlled Substance: A person can be charged with possession of a controlled substance in Florida for possession of both illegal drugs and legal controlled substances without a prescription. So it is not only marijuana and cocaine possession that could result in charges, but also codeine or OxyContin if the person charged does not have a doctor’s prescription. Possession of a controlled substance is a serious crime but still minor compared to other drug offenses, so it may be possible to avoid jail time with the help of a skilled Tampa drug crimes lawyer.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: In Florida, you can be convicted of this crime for possessing drug paraphernalia with the intent to use it for an unlawful purpose. The term “paraphernalia” can include bongs, pipes, scales, and plastic baggies. This crime is often charged along with drug possession, as it is common to find both during a single police bust.
Possession of Cocaine: The penalties in Florida for a conviction of cocaine possession are extremely harsh, since cocaine is a Schedule II controlled substance. Even a simple possession conviction, for less than 28 grams of cocaine, can result in up to five years of prison time, while possession of more than 28 grams could result in 30 years to life imprisonment. If an expert Tampa drug crimes lawyer cannot obtain a dismissal, he or she could then aim to negotiate the best outcome possible with the prosecution, while fighting for and protecting your rights.
Possession of Marijuana: Although marijuana use is not as taboo in Florida society as it once was, and a majority of voters voted for legalization of medical marijuana in 2014, it remains an illegal controlled substance in Florida. And unfortunately, the punishment for marijuana possession is still quite harsh compared to other states. Even possession of twenty grams or less is punishable by up to a year of jail time and a fine of up to $1,000, with even tougher sentences for possession of more than twenty grams or possession of marijuana plants.
If you are facing drug charges, including any of those listed above, you will need a skilled Tampa drug crimes lawyer to fight for your rights, ensure the prosecution can prove their case, and negotiate, if necessary, to reduce your punishment. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. has all the knowledge, tools, and resources to obtain the best outcome possible in your Tampa drug crime matter.