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3 drug trafficking defense options

If you are facing drug trafficking charges in the Orlando area, you may think your situation is going to mirror those that you have seen in the movies and on television. You might not realize the seriousness of the charges you have against you. A conviction carries a minimum of three years behind bars and more. 

It is not the end of the world now that you have criminal charges pending. Take some time to review a few drug trafficking defense options that may help improve your situation. 

Differences between drug trafficking and smuggling

The United States currently experiences an extreme drug epidemic. Reports indicate that people traffic millions of dollars' worth of drugs into the country every year, and Florida is a major hotspot for where these drugs enter. 

Most drug-related charges carry felony penalties. They can result in several years in prison at the bare minimum to extreme fines. The exact penalties can depend on the precise charge a person faces. That is why it is incredibly important for people to understand the nuances of law, such as the differences between drug trafficking and drug smuggling, which are typically used synonymously. 

Defining drug possession with intent to sell

Over 1 million people face arrest every year as a result of a drug law violation. In 2016, the FBI arrested over 1.5 million people for an array of charges, including possession of a controlled substance and sale or manufacturing of a drug. However, there is another charge many Floridians have faced: possession with intent to sell

This charge often carries much harsher penalties than simple possession. This charge tends to confuse defendants because it seems difficult to prove "intent" was present. This charge can send a person to jail for decades, so it is vital to get a lawyer immediately to start building a case. People can face this charge regardless of the type of drug in possession, whether it was marijuana, cocaine or heroin.

Different field sobriety tests

The police arrest thousands of people in Florida every year for driving under the influence of alcohol. In 2013, police issued DUI traffic tickets to 49,776 drivers in Florida.

Before making an arrest, a police officer may make the person perform various field sobriety tests to determine whether he or she needs to go to a station. People in this situation need strong DUI defenses to avoid a conviction, and part of this defense comes down to the exact tests the driver performed. 

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. 

You could end up with a trafficking charge, even if you intended to use it for yourself. Sometimes, people who have drug trafficking charges were really just caught with possession of a controlled substance. Regardless of the circumstances leading up to your arrest, you should consider hiring an attorney. 

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.

If you face any type of drug charge, you can work with a lawyer on a strong defense to reduce or eliminate the charges and legal consequences.

Factors that affect how the body absorbs alcohol

Drivers operating motor vehicles under the influence of alcohol are still a huge issue. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2015 alone, over 10,000 people died as a result of being in an alcohol-related car accident.

A big reason why drunk driving is still an issue is that people get behind the wheel of a car not realizing how impaired their abilities are. It actually does not take much for a person’s blood alcohol content to get over 0.08. A good rule of thumb is to simply avoid driving when you consumed beer, wine or liquor that evening because there are several factors that can affect how alcohol interacts with the body. 

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.

This is important because an intent to distribute charge can bring much more serious consequences than a possession charge alone. This is true even if the charge focuses on prescription drugs versus drugs such as heroin.

Heroin possession charges in Florida

If you face heroin possession charges in Florida, there is no sugarcoating it - your situation is serious. Possession of any amount at all, no matter how minimal, counts as a felony. 

The one part of a possession case where the amount makes a difference is sentencing. Generally, the Florida penalty for possession of 10 grams or less consists of imprisonment for up to five years. If prosecutors prove possession of an amount over 10 grams, the penalty can be as much as 30 years. If the charges also include manufacturing, trafficking or intent to sell, additional harsh penalties can come into play.

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. 

Those arrested are at times coerced into making a false confession. One notorious example is the Central Park Five. After a jogger was raped and murdered, five men falsely confessed to the crime, even though they were innocent. What causes a person to confess to a crime they did not commit?

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