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Drug Trafficking

Experienced Narcotics Defense Attorney Serving Clearwater and St. Petersburg

If you have been arrested for drug trafficking in Florida, you should talk to a drug crime attorney immediately – before talking to police or anyone else about your case. Waiving the right to remain silent may mean the difference between having at least some chance of beating the charges against you or spending as long as 30 years behind bars. Seasoned St. Petersburg and Clearwater drug trafficking lawyer Will Hanlon at Hanlon Law has handled many narcotics cases over the past 20 years, and he is here to help you pursue the most favorable outcome possible in your case.

Although there seems to be a growing sentiment in some other parts of the country that drug offenses are often punished too harshly, this is not so in Florida. The Sunshine State takes drug crimes very seriously, and the punishment may be stiff even for a first offender. Sentence enhancements, mandatory minimums, and other factors may further complicate matters for people who already have a criminal record. Drug trafficking crimes in particular are harshly punished, based on the theory that putting dealers and traffickers away for a long time will keep drugs off the street. (It never works out that way, of course.)

Evaluating a Drug Trafficking Case

Each situation is different, but there are several general rules that apply to most Florida drug cases. The burden of proof is always on the State (or the federal government) to provide proof of the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If the jury is not convinced of each element of the crime within a particular degree of moral certainty, the defendant must be acquitted. The elements of drug trafficking include not only proof that the defendant possessed (or controlled) an illegal substance but also that they knowingly participated in drug trafficking activities. Depending on the circumstances, a drug trafficking attorney in the Clearwater or St. Petersburg area may be able to negate part of the State’s case with regard to one or more of these elements. For example, if the drugs seized by police turn out to be something other than a controlled substance (like flour, for example), the defendant may not be convicted of trafficking even if they possessed the substance and believed that it was a certain narcotic.

Other defenses, such as possession for personal use, entrapment by police, or a violation of the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights during the search or seizure phase of the case, may also result in a dismissal of the charge or a favorable plea bargain agreement to a lesser offense, such as simple possession. The fines and imprisonment for drug trafficking vary, depending upon the amount of drugs in question. So-called “career criminals” and habitual felony offenders face even longer prison terms, so it is imperative that a person charged with this very serious crime talk to a lawyer about possible defenses as soon as possible after learning that they are a target of a criminal investigation.

Seek Assistance from a Drug Trafficking Lawyer in Clearwater or St. Petersburg

Although people who are facing criminal prosecution enjoy certain constitutional rights against overreaching police officers and overzealous district attorneys, the defendant’s rights will only be thoroughly protected if they hire a knowledgeable lawyer to represent them in court. A judge will not throw out “bad evidence” on their own, for example. A motion to suppress must be made, along with a well-reasoned argument aimed at convincing the judge that a conviction based on the questionable evidence will not stand up on appeal. Experienced St. Petersburg and Clearwater drug trafficking attorney Will Hanlon handles many cases related to all different types of narcotics. Whether you need a marijuana attorney or assistance with a charge related to cocaine, heroin, meth, prescription drugs, or other controlled substances, he will work hard to uncover every possible strategy that could aid your case. To schedule a consultation, call us today at 727.897.5413 or contact us online.

Client Reviews
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As a practicing attorney, I was shocked to hear that a family member of mine was alleged to have committed a sex crime. Knowing full well the consequences this type of allegation can have on anyone and their future, I immediately reached out to William Hanlon for help... Jerry
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Was on the ball. Remembered names, events, places, situations. Never need to re explain the situation. Keeps in touch through out the entire experience and keeps you feeling safe, comforted and protected. Fights hard. Worth every single penny. Would never settle for anything less than Will. Carrie
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I was facing a charge that if convicted would carry two years in prison minimally. Not only was he empathetic and listening to what I had to say but he arranged with the prosecutor for my charges not to be filed under terms of a pre trial investigation. Would highly recommend. Alec
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I am very happy for what he did for me. Always there when I needed him. Explained everything well. He Fights for his clients. He got me what I needed. Hes an excellent lawyer. Mutaz
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Mr. Hanlon did what no other lawyer could do. Not only did he turn my criminal history into a thing of the past so I could move on, he was a loyal associate. No matter how bad the situation is, he has miraculously cleared me on every charge since he became my lawyer 5 years ago. I have the best lawyer that the legal system has to offer. I have had other really good lawyers try to get my business, but I know that no one can do a better job than William Hanlon. Jesse