Clearwater Drug Trafficking Defense Lawyers
Serving Clearwater, Tampa, St. Pete, & Pinellas, Pasco, & Hillsborough Counties
Drug trafficking is the process of moving controlled substances from their places of manufacture to their distribution points. At Bauer Crider Kenny & Parry, we have worked with individuals facing trafficking and other drug-related charges since 1989, providing swift and comprehensive representation in state and federal courts.
Our Clearwater drug crime lawyers have the skills and experience to navigate the most complex cases and work hard to seek reduced or dropped charges in your case. Work with the law firm that has a strong reputation throughout Florida.
What Is Considered Drug Trafficking?
In Florida, legal statute 893 requires that drug trafficking charges be taken very seriously. Many are surprised to learn that charges of drug trafficking have little to do with lifestyle or whether evidence of the trafficking itself is actually found. Rather, the charges are based on the amount (by weight) of drugs found in your possession.
These charges typically come with mandatory minimum sentences of three, seven, or 15 years depending on the type and amount of drugs found. However, for some types of drugs, including prescription drugs, the mandatory minimum sentences are harsher.
- Three-year mandatory minimums are assigned for possession of between 25 and 2,000 pounds of marijuana, 28 to 200 grams of cocaine, and 14 to 28 grams of crystal meth
- Mandatory seven-year sentences are assigned for between 2,000 and 10,000 pounds of marijuana, 200 to 400 grams of cocaine, and 28 to 200 grams of crystal meth
- Minimum 15-year sentences are delivered for more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana, 400 grams to 150 kilograms of cocaine, and more than 200 grams of crystal meth
- Some types of drug crimes, possession of amounts much greater than necessary for the 15-year sentence lead to a mandatory life sentence (more than 150 kilograms of cocaine, for example)
Drug Trafficking Across the United States
Drug trafficking is common throughout the United States. With so many ways to enter and leave the country, drug law enforcement groups find it challenging to constantly safeguard the border.
Much of the drug supply in the United States comes from outside the country. Most commonly, non-U.S. drug traffickers smuggle cocaine and heroin in from Mexico and South America, and Russian, Israeli and Western European groups tend to bring in MDMA and ecstasy. In addition, some of the country’s heroin supply comes from groups in Asia.
Seek the Counsel of an Experienced Clearwater Criminal Defense Lawyer
To get started right away, call Bauer Crider Kenny & Parry today. We offer free initial consultations and have four convenient office locations to best serve Florida residents. We serve clients throughout Clearwater, Tampa, St. Pete, and Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties, and the surrounding communities.
Call our skilled Clearwater drug crime attorneys at (727) 205-0968.