Defending Against OxyContin Trafficking Allegations In Florida
Florida’s recent crackdown on OxyContin has reverberated across the state and beyond. Many OxyContin addicts face unimaginable criminal penalties for possessing or trafficking in the drug. If you or someone you love has been charged with trafficking in oxycodone, it is impossible to overstate what is at stake. For years, the attorneys of O’Brien Hatfield Reese, PA, have defended people across Florida against all types of drug charges. Our law firm provides a strategic, tenacious defense to any person facing OxyContin trafficking charges.
Florida’s OxyContin Penalties May Be The Harshest In The Nation
Someone accused of possessing relatively small amounts of the drug can face trafficking charges and mandatory minimum sentences. For example, if you are accused of possessing between 4 and 14 grams of oxycodone without a prescription, you can be charged with trafficking. As a result, you face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years.
If you are convicted of trafficking between 14 and 28 grams of OxyContin, you face a mandatory minimum of 15 years. More than 28 grams, and you face a minimum of 25 years in prison. It is not relevant whether you are an addict or whether you have (or do not have) a criminal history. If you are charged with this crime, you face these mandatory minimum sentences. Judges have no discretion and no power to sentence you to fewer years.
With the mandatory minimums in place, the prosecution has extraordinary leverage. Your lawyer must be able to contest every part of the state’s case to give the prosecution a reason to dismiss or reduce the charges. Our law firm will look at all the evidence and find any potential weaknesses in the state’s case. Too often, overzealous law enforcement agents violate a person’s constitutional rights when gathering evidence. If your rights were violated, we may be able to suppress the evidence before trial. Perhaps there are questions as to the weight of the drugs. Our Florida oxycodone intent to distribute lawyers have defended many drug cases and understand where to look and how to proceed.