The Florida Department of Law Enforcement estimates that
nearly 98,200 individuals will be arrested for drug charges in 2010. While the
most common charge filed in drug arrests in 2009 was possession of marijuana,
many individuals were also charged with the sale or manufacture of drugs such
as heroine, cocaine and other dangerous non- narcotic drugs, such as barbiturates
According to Florida state law, drug charges are classified
according to the type of drug involved, as well as the amount of the drug that
is found (based on the drug's weight). In the most serious drug offense cases,
the accused can be facing anywhere from 30 years to life in prison, particularly
if the defendant has previous felony convictions or is also convicted of other
serious crimes, such as homicide or aggravated assault.
Because drug charge
convictions can carry life sentences and other severe penalties, it's crucial
that anyone convicted of drug charges in Florida contact Attorney Gregory Schwendeman.
Mr. Schwendeman has experience in handling drug cases. He recognizes that the
penalties associated with these types of cases are severe and can damage a person's
life forever. He, therefore, strives to provide a thorough and effective defense.
of Drug Charges
In general, drug charges for controlled substances such
as cocaine and methamphetamine are more serious and, consequently, carry harsher
sentences than those for marijuana. Depending on the nature of the alleged incident,
law enforcement officials may charge someone with any of the following offenses:
- drug possession
- drug trafficking
- importation of drugs
- manufacture of drugs
- sale of drugs
- transportation of drugs
most cases, charges for cocaine, heroin, amphetamine and other controlled substances
will be felonies that come with prison time. While any felony charges can carry
a fine up to $25,000, misdemeanor convictions can carry fines up to $2,500.
To help get the charges against his clients reduced
or dropped entirely, Mr. Schwendeman works diligently and tirelessly to build
the strongest defense possible. In addition to compiling all evidence that supports
his clients' claims, he examines the facts of the case to find out if any part
of the arrest and subsequent investigation was performed illegally.
more information or to schedule a private case evaluation with the Schwendeman
Law Firm, call 855.674.9898 or Email at email@example.com