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What you should know about having a drug trafficking charge

Under Florida law, anyone caught with a certain amount of illegal narcotics in her or his possession can be charged with drug trafficking. If you are facing a drug trafficking charge, you could end up in jail for quite a long time. A drug trafficking charge is a serious federal offense, even for first-time offenders. Because it can have a major impact on your life, you should consider the following information about drug trafficking charges. 

Possible defenses for Florida drug charges

Drug charges are serious. A conviction can lead to three years to life in prison, and charges alone are enough to ruin your employment and family relationships. Guilty or not, you deserve fair and lawful treatment from all involved in the justice system.

Why the amount of drugs matters

When police officers say that they found drugs in someone’s possession, they use the amount to determine intent. In other words, someone who had enough only for personal use likely would not face charges with intent to distribute. On the other hand, someone who had a huge amount of the drug could face charges with intent to distribute.

When a confession is coerced

The arrest process is extremely distressing to almost every person. From drunk driving to aggravated murder, a conviction can lead to a criminal record that negatively impacts your future. How you respond to law enforcement officers who arrest and question you can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. 

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