Tampa Drug Crimes Lawyers Seeking Justice For the Accused
Drug crimes are aggressively prosecuted in Tampa. If you are charged with a drug crime, even if it’s a misdemeanor, your future is on the line. There’s far too much at stake to face these charges alone, which is why you should turn to the trusted drug crime attorneys at Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett for help.
Since 1971, our criminal defense attorneys have proudly represented the accused in Tampa. We know how a conviction for a drug crime can affect the rest of your life. This is what motivates us to aggressively fight to reach the best possible outcome in your case.
Don’t wait another minute to seek the legal representation you need to protect your freedom. Schedule a free consultation with our drug crime attorneys by callingor submitting your information via the form on this website.
What Are the Different Types of Drug Crimes in Tampa?
There are a number of different laws that prohibit the use, possession, cultivation, and distribution of controlled substances in Florida. The criminal defense team at Carlson Meissner Hart &Hayslett have represented clients in state and federal drug crimes cases involving:
- Crystal Meth
Drug crimes run the gamut from misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana and felony possession of cocaine to drug trafficking and first-degree felonies. Drug crimes in Florida may include allegations of:
- Drug possession
- Possession with intent to sell or distribute
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Prescription fraud
- Illegal prescription drug sale
The charges you will face will depend on the type of drug, the amount of drug involved in the crime, and the nature of the crime itself.
The drug laws in Tampa are complex. If you are charged with a drug crime, it’s best to hire an experienced attorney who can help you understand the charges you face and the penalties that the court could impose if you are convicted.
What Penalties Can You Face For A Drug Crime Conviction?
If you are convicted of a drug crime, the penalties that could be imposed on you will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The nature of the crime
- Type and amount of drug involved in the crime
- Your prior criminal record
But in general, drug offenders can face a wide range of penalties including:
- Jail or prison time
- Thousands of dollars in fines
- Loss of driving privileges
Some drug crimes can lead to more severe penalties than others. For example, certain drug crimes, such as possession of fewer than 20 grams of marijuana, are misdemeanors that are punishable by up to one year in jail. But many drug crimes in Tampa are felonies. The most serious drug crimes are classified as first degree felonies, which are punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
How Can Our Drug Crime Attorneys Help?
Drug crimes are subject to increasingly severe mandatory minimum sentences. This is one of the many reasons why if you are arrested for a drug crime in Florida, you need an experienced drug crimes defense attorney right away. Very often, the early involvement of an attorney in a drug-related case may have a positive impact on its outcome. If you hire our law firm, we will immediately begin working to protect your rights.
The drug crime attorneys at Carlson Meissner Hart &Hayslett defend clients facing drug charges throughout the greater Tampa Bay area. We thoroughly investigate the charges against you and the circumstances of your arrest. We look for evidence of illegal search and seizure, mistaken identity, and other mitigating circumstances that may weaken the state’s case against you.
Ultimately, the focus of our legal representation in drug cases is to seek treatment for the underlying mental health and addiction problems that can sometimes lead to an arrest. Treatment and counseling, rather than incarceration and loss of transportation necessary for employment, can save lives. We always put your best interests first.
Schedule A Free Initial Consultation With Our Drug Crime Lawyers
Are you facing drug charges in Tampa? If so, seek legal representation from the skilled criminal defense attorneys at Carlson Meissner Hart &Hayslett as soon as possible. Our attorneys have over 125 years of combined experience. Let us use our extensive experience, resources, and legal knowledge to fight your charges and protect your freedom. To schedule a free consultation regarding your case, call or fill out the form on this website.