Drug Trafficking

Tampa Drug Trafficking Lawyer

Criminal Attorney for Drug Trafficking Charges in Tampa

If you have been arrested in Tampa for drug trafficking, trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in marijuana, or trafficking in a controlled substance, it is important to have a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side who will defend you aggressively and challenge the criminal charges alleged against you. A knowledgeable drug crime attorney may be able to dispute the use or the legality of certain evidence in order to have your charge(s) reduced or dismissed.

Drug trafficking is one the most serious of all drug-related charges. Drug trafficking is the sale, purchase, delivery or possession of certain controlled substances in excess of a certain amount. Pursuant to Florida law, a conviction for drug trafficking carries certain minimum mandatory prison sentences, heavy fines and driver's license suspension. The type of drugs and the amount of drugs will determine the minimum mandatory period.

A person may be charged with drug trafficking based on an accusation that he or she possessed an elevated quantity of a controlled substance. The drug trafficking charge does not require proof that a person had the intent to sell the drugs to anyone else. Rather, drug trafficking charges are determined by the weight of drugs involved.


Tampa Drug Trafficking Defenses

There are various possible defenses available to drug trafficking charges, such as challenging the basis for the law enforcement officer's search and seizure. The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects against unreasonable search and seizures, including searches and seizures conducted without a valid search warrant or probable cause. Law enforcement cannot simply stop a person and search them based upon a "hunch." Instead, legal cause must exist to perform a valid stop and search, or a warrant must be obtained.

If you have been arrested or charged with a drug crime based on evidence that was collected as a result of an unreasonable search and seizure, an experienced Tampa drug defense lawyer may be able to help you avoid a conviction.

In many cases, law enforcement officers arrest individuals who are in the vicinity of drugs but are not in actual physical possession. This is called constructive possession. To be convicted under the principle of constructive possession, the State must prove that the accused person had dominion and control over the drugs, knew that the drugs were present, and knew of the illicit nature of the drugs. Usually, mere proximity to the drugs is not enough to sustain a drug trafficking conviction.

The above are just an example of the types of defenses that may be available.


Experience Matters for Your Drug Trafficking Charge in Tampa, FL

With a criminal attorney fighting to protect your legal rights, you may be able to obtain a dismissal or reduction of your pending charge(s) or avoid serious criminal penalties and other negative consequences of a drug crime conviction.

Prior to establishing the Capaz Law Firm, Dereck Capaz was a felony lead trial attorney at the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office and prosecuted all types of drug-related crimes. He has extensive knowledge and experience in handling drug trafficking cases and will fight aggressively to defend your rights. When clients choose to hire the Capaz Law Firm, they can rest assured knowing they will receive effective and aggressive representation and assistance with their Tampa drug trafficking charge.


Drug Trafficking Criminal Defense Lawyer in Tampa, Florida

Having a knowledgeable Tampa drug trafficking defense lawyer working for you can make a difference in your case. If you have been arrested or charged with a drug trafficking charge in Tampa, contact the Capaz Law Firm for your free initial consultation. Call (813) 440-2700.


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