Miami Drug Crimes
Miami drug crimes are often heavily prosecuted. From simple possession of drugs to drug trafficking, crimes involving drugs are taken very seriously. If you are facing charges for drug crimes Miami attorneys can help build your case. As with any criminal charges, contact your attorney before answering any questions about the crime. Following are descriptions of the most common Miami drug crimes.
In addition to covering the possession of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and LSD, drug possession charges can be made against anyone possessing the chemicals, tools or ingredients used to manufacture these drugs. Penalties for possession vary, depending upon the type of drug, the amount of the drug and whether there was intent to sell. Marijuana possession is a third degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail; possession of a controlled substance is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in state prison. Possession of marijuana with intent to sell is a third degree felony with a penalty of up to five years in state prison, while possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The determining factors for intent to sell include the amount of drugs in one’s possession, the amount of cash on one’s person and how the drugs are packaged.
Drug manufacturing is the production of a controlled substance. Manufacturing charges are most often associated with ecstasy, methamphetamine and LSD. Depending on the circumstances, a charge of drug manufacturing rages from a misdemeanor to a felony drug offense. The penalty for manufacturing illegal drugs depends on the amount of the drug manufactured, whether there is intent to sell, and the prior criminal record of the defendant. Drug cultivation generally refers to the growing of marijuana or other plants used in creating controlled substances. Drug cultivation charges and penalties depend upon the amount of the drug being grown and whether there is intent to sell.
Drug trafficking is one of the most serious Miami drug crimes and refers to the importation, sale and distribution of illegal drugs. Drug trafficking is a felony; the degree depends upon how much of the drug is involved. The minimum mandatory sentence for drug trafficking is 15 years in state prison.
The possession of drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor. Drug paraphernalia includes the tools used to consume or sell drugs, such as syringes, pipes and scales. A drug paraphernalia charge is often issued in addition to a charge of possession. Penalties for the possession of drug paraphernalia depend on the type of paraphernalia found, whether residue is present on the object, and whether drugs were found in close proximity to the paraphernalia.
If you are charged with any of these drug crimes Miami attorneys can help defend your case. Any statements you make to law enforcement officials will be held against you, so the less you say without your attorney present, the stronger your case will be.