West Palm Beach Drug Crimes Attorney
Understanding Drug Crimes & Penalties in Florida
In the state of Florida, drug charges pertain to any controlled substance, including marijuana, prescription drugs, and methamphetamines. Any illegal use, sale, possession, or manufacture of a controlled drug could lead to an arrest and serious criminal charges. At The Pakett Law Group, PA, Attorney Brian Pakett has an in-depth knowledge of the state and federal laws as they pertain to drug charges, and he uses that experience to help provide clients with a favorable defense for their case. Let the West Palm Beach drug crime attorney from our office help protect your rights and your future by reaching out today.
Arrested for a drug-related crime? Call (561) 286-8411 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation right away to start discussing your defense.
Drug Crimes in Florida
In 2018, there were 134,396 drug and narcotics-related arrests reported statewide. Of these, 128,992 of the accused were adults and 5,404 were juveniles. People who identify as males were more likely to be arrested for drug charges than females.
Based on the same data from 2018, a large portion of state drug arrests occur in South Florida, especially in Miami-Dade County. Locally, the West Palm Beach area saw 7,857 arrests that year—that’s roughly 20 drug-related arrests every day.
To learn more about drug offenses and statistics in Florida, visit the “Drug Offenses” page on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s website.
What Are Drug Schedules Under Florida Law?
Like many other U.S. states, Florida law divides drugs into categories called “Schedules” based on factors like the effects of the drug and the severity of associated punishments.
These include, from the order of most to least severe:
- Schedule 1: Drugs with the highest likelihood to cause dependency due to their lack of medical use, at least according to the law, such as marijuana, ecstasy, heroin, and LSD.
- Schedule 2: illicit and prescription drugs such as cocaine, morphine, Adderall, Oxycodone, etc.
- Schedule 3: Ketamine, anabolic steroids, etc.
- Schedule 4: Xanax, Valium, etc.
- Schedule 5: Cough medicines with codeine, Ezogabine, etc.
View the full list here.
Criminal Defense for State & Federal Drug Crimes
Did you know that many drug crimes are considered federal offenses? Being arrested for a drug crime could mean that you suddenly face state and federal penalties and need the help of an experienced lawyer on your side. Because most controlled substances are federally regulated, your chances of facing a judge in federal court can exponentially increase. Prosecutors will investigate every portion of your case, including your arrest, the type of drug you had on you, and whether you were under the influence.
At The Pakett Law Group, PA, our West Palm Beach drug crime attorney can help create a personalized defense for a variety of criminal charges, including:
- Manufacturing of a controlled substance
- Sale and distribution
- Marijuana crimes
- DUI of marijuana or another drug
Your specific case may vary depending on a variety of factors surrounding your arrest. In order to safeguard your future, exercise your right to an attorney can call The Pakett Law Group, PA right away.
Aggressive Defense for Drug-Related Crimes in West Palm Beach
Drug crime convictions hold the potential for serious penalties, including court fees, fines, counseling for drug addiction, parole, and in some cases, prison time. Your life is on the line, and it is important that you take control of your circumstances by working with an experienced and understanding West Palm Beach drug crime lawyer.
Facing drug crime charges? Call The Pakett Law Group, PA at (561) 286-8411 today or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation.
If you want a lawyer that will do everything to help you, Brian Pakett is the lawyer for you.
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