When an individual is accused of a drug offense in Florida, he or she may be charged at the state or federal level. While Florida law is very tough on drug offenders, a conviction for a drug charge under federal law can result in much harsher consequences. Federal charges have the potential to lead to longer prison sentences and steeper fines.
A Clearwater man has been sentenced to just under 11 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to the possession of at least 28 grams of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute it. The man was arrested in July after allegedly selling crack cocaine to an undercover police detective multiple times, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office reports that the 24-year-old had 32.8 grams of crack cocaine on him when he was arrested July 29.
Both Florida state laws and federal laws carry mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug crimes. Those who face drug-related charges in Florida — whether they are state or federal charges — should seek criminal defense counsel as soon as possible. By learning about one’s rights and defense options, it may be possible to work to obtain the best possible outcome in the case.
In many drug crimes cases, it is possible to come to a favorable plea agreement, or to reach an acquittal or dismissal in a drug case. The best strategy, however, depends on the unique circumstances of the case and of the arrest, as well as the defendant’s criminal background. So, it is very important to obtain individualized legal guidance when facing such charges.
Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Clearwater cocaine seller gets nearly 11 years in federal prison,” Jan. 13, 2014