Miami Drug Trafficking Lawyers
Each Miami criminal defense lawyer at DMT excels in defending all types of drug trafficking offenses. By far and away, the most serious drug offense in the State of Florida, whether it be in state or federal court is drug trafficking. Cocaine trafficking, marijuana trafficking, heroin trafficking, oxycodone trafficking and ecstacy trafficking are the some of the most popular offenses committed in the South Florida area. When someone thinks of cocaine trafficking, they imagine an individual selling or transporting several kilos of cocaine. But a closer read of the Florida Statutes demonstrates that a individual in possession of much less than a kilo of cocaine, can be arrested and charged with drug trafficking. Many times the only difference between cocaine possession and cocaine trafficking is the amount of cocaine seized at the time of arrest. The law firm of DMT excels in defending drug trafficking cases and have represented numerous clients charged with this offense.
Drug trafficking is one of the most serious offenses under Florida and federal law. Cocaine trafficking, marijuana trafficking, heroine trafficking, oxycodone trafficking and ecstacy trafficking subject individuals to mandatory prison time and large fines, both in state and federal court. Depending on the type of drug and the amount seized, individuals are facing between three to twenty-five (25) years in state prison. Additionally, if an individual is arrested for trafficking and he/she has actual or constructive possession of a firearm, the potential penalty is life in prison. The criminal attorneys at DMT are often able to keep our clients from serving prison or jail time despite being charged with drug trafficking offenses. Our criminal defense team has also achieved impressive success in trafficking cases such as a obtaining probationary pleas or outright dismissals in cases.
As one can imagine, the penalties for trafficking cases, whether it be cocaine, marijuana, heroine, oxycodone or ecstacy far exceed the penalties established in possession and sale cases. Even prescription drugs can be the subject of a trafficking charge. For example, oxycodone trafficking carries the same prison terms as heroine trafficking and trafficking in methamphetamines. Penalties vary depending the type of drug involved in the trafficking case, as well as the weight of the drug involved. Some examples of the harsh penalties an individual faces when charged with a drug trafficking case are set forth below.
|Marijuana Trafficking||> 25 pounds/300 plants||3 year min/man|
|Marijuana Trafficking||> 2000 pounds/2,000 plants||7 year min/man|
|Marijuana Trafficking||> 10,000 pounds/10,000 plants||15 year min/man|
|Cocaine Trafficking||> 28 grams < 200 grams||3 year min/man|
|Cocaine Trafficking||> 200 grams < 400 grams||7 year min/man|
|Cocaine Trafficking||> 400 grams||15 year min/man|
|Heroin Trafficking||> 4 grams < 14 grams||7 year min/man|
|Heroin Trafficking||>14 grams < 28 grams||15 year min/man|
|Heroin Trafficking||>28 grams||25 year min/man|
|>10 grams < 200 grams||3 year min/man|
|>200 grams < 400 grams||7 year min/man|
|> 400 grams||15 year min/man|
|> 4 grams < 14 grams||7 year min/man|
|> 14 grams < 28 grams||15 year min/man|
|> 28 grams||25 year min/man|
As anyone can see, drug trafficking is a serious crime with serious penalties. If you or a loved one is under investigation for or has been arrested for a drug trafficking case, contact a Miami criminal attorney as soon as possible so DMT can protect and defend your rights.
“Grow Houses” or Cultivation of Marijuana
One of the most common offenses found in the South Florida area is cultivation of marijuana or operating a marijuana “grow house”. The law enforcement authorities are keenly aware of how often this offense is committed. The offense itself has become so popular that the Florida legislation has recently enacted new laws which created enhanced, as well as, minimum mandatory state prison penalties for the those individuals convicted of operating a “grow house” under certain circumstances. Each Miami criminal lawyer at DMT has defended dozens of “grow house” cases throughout the State of Florida.
Operating a grow house does not subject you to an enhanced penalty, except under certain circumstances. The charge of cultivation of marijuana is a 3rd degree felony and carries a punishment of up to five years in prison. However, for a first time offender, DMT have been extremely successful in receiving probationary plea offers or outright dismissals for their clients. Individuals arrested for leasing a residence with the intent that it be used as a “grow house” is now a 2nd degree felony, punishable by 15 years. Anyone operating a “grow house” in the presence of a minor can now be charged with a 1st degree felony, punishable by 30 years.
The most important fact to keep in mind is that if an individual is arrested for operating a marijuana “grow house” and the crop exceeds twenty five pounds of three hundred plants, he or she is subject to a three year minimum prison sentence. The more marijuana that is found in the “grow house”, the stiffer the penalty (see above).
To speak with a skilled Miami or South Florida criminal lawyer at DMT about your cocaine trafficking, marijuana trafficking or “grow house” case or other type of drug trafficking case, or if you have questions regarding any other drug case you may have been arrested for, please contact DMT to schedule your free consultation. You can call our office at (305) 444-0030 or reach us by completing the form on our contact page or by sending an e-mail. We are available every day of the year, 24 hours a day.