Drug Trafficking

Jacksonville Drug Trafficking Lawyers

Shielding Against Allegations of Trafficking in Controlled Substances

Drug trafficking charges in Florida encompass the unlawful sale, purchase, delivery, or manufacturing of controlled substances. What sets trafficking apart from other drug crimes is the involvement of greater quantities of drugs. Individuals facing such charges must understand the law and retain legal guidance in this complex legal landscape.

In a drug trafficking case, the burden lies with the prosecutor to prove various elements for a conviction. A skilled Jacksonville drug trafficking lawyer can review the case, identifying weaknesses and building robust defenses. By doing so, they cast doubt in the minds of judges or juries, aiming for a favorable outcome. Moreover, the intricacies of the judicial system can be daunting, making the guidance of an experienced attorney invaluable for navigating the legal process.

Monroe Law, P.A., led by Attorney D. Scott Monroe, Esq., is a beacon of insightful legal guidance in drug trafficking cases. With Attorney Monroe's background as a former prosecutor, our firm possesses insider information instrumental in crafting effective legal strategies. We fight ardently for our clients, working toward optimal results.

For personalized legal services tailored to the unique aspects of each case, our Jacksonville drug trafficking attorneys are ready to assist. Those seeking guidance can schedule a free consultation by calling us at (904) 507-6194 or conveniently reaching out to us online.

Florida’s Drug Trafficking Statute

Florida Statutes § 893.135 concerns drug trafficking offenses in the state. The statute explicitly prohibits engaging in various activities related to controlled substances. 

These activities include knowingly doing any of the following with controlled substances:

  • Selling
  • Purchasing
  • Manufacturing
  • Delivering
  • Importing
  • Being in actual or constructive possession

Examples of Substances and Thresholds

Florida's drug trafficking laws encompass a range of controlled substances, each with specified quantities that trigger trafficking charges. The statute recognizes the severity of offenses based on the type and quantity of the controlled substance involved.

Below are examples of controlled substances and the corresponding amounts that can lead to trafficking charges:

  • More than 25 pounds of cannabis
  • 28 grams or more of cocaine
  • 4 grams or more of morphine, opium, or hydromorphone
  • 28 grams or more of hydrocodone
  • 7 grams or more of oxycodone
  • 28 grams or more of phencyclidine
  • 14 grams or more of amphetamine
  • 1 kilogram or more of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB)

Understanding these thresholds is essential, as they delineate the scope and severity of potential drug trafficking charges.

Potential Conviction Penalties

Drug trafficking is a first-degree felony in Florida, underscoring the gravity of the offense. However, the severity escalates when the probable result of trafficking a particular substance is the death of another person, leading to a charge of capital felony.

For a first-degree felony drug trafficking conviction, the potential penalties include imprisonment of up to 30 years and fines reaching up to $10,000.

In cases where drug trafficking is deemed a capital felony, the consequences become significantly more severe. The potential sentences for a capital felony include the death penalty or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

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