As discussed in the above video, if you’ve been arrested in South Florida for any type of drug crime, whether it’s for simple possession such as having a small amount of marijuana in your car or for a major drug crime such as drug trafficking, you need to call a Miami criminal defense attorney or Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney immediately.
If you think a “petty” drug offense like possession of a small amount of marijuana or prescription pills without a valid prescription is no big deal, think again. What most people don’t realize about petty drug offenses is that these are the type of things that could end up following you around for the rest of your life and ultimately hurt your chances of employment. After all, today’s employers are very reluctant to hire people with a criminal record for a drug crime and they often drug test prospective employees.
Florida—and especially the South Florida area—is notorious for drug possession, drug trafficking, and other drug-related crimes; accordingly, Florida’s mandatory drug laws are some of the most severe in the country. For example, possession of just a single marijuana cigarette (or any amount of marijuana 20 grams or less) is a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by a two-year suspension of your driver’s license and up to one year in jail and/or a $1000 fine. If you are convicted of possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, you will be found guilty of a third degree felony, punishable by a two-year suspension of your driver’s license and up to five years in jail and/or a $5000 fine.
If you have been charged with any sort of drug crime in South Florida, you need to immediately contact an experienced and aggressive Miami criminal defense lawyer or Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer such as Yale Galanter at the South Florida law firm of Galanter Law. As a former prosecutor for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, attorney Yale Galanter has handled hundreds of drug cases ranging from misdemeanor drug possession charges in Florida to more major drug offenses such as drug trafficking crimes. As a result of this experience, Yale Galanter is intimately familiar with the criminal process for drug crimes from both sides and has a keen ability to find the weaknesses in drug cases brought before the court. Yale Galanter and his associates will take advantage of this knowledge and experience so that they can raise appropriate defenses and get your case dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge. Don’t delay—contact us today for a free consultation.