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Drug Crimes Lawyers In Miami
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Miami, Florida is ground zero in the nation’s war on drugs. State and federal police and prosecutors spend enormous resources in the arrest and prosecution of people suspected of drug offenses, not to mention the seizure of personal assets under state and federal property forfeiture laws. Florida and the Federal Courts routinely impose severe penalties for those convicted of drug crimes, whether it involves trafficking, selling, possession, or importation. The Miami drug crimes lawyers at Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. offer proven experience in the defense of persons accused of state, federal, and international drug crimes since 1974. Having experienced drug crimes lawyers on your side can help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
Comprehensive Legal Services For Florida Drug Crimes And Drug-Related Charges
Our drug crimes lawyers help individuals in all criminal drug-related offenses, including:
- Manufacturing, Growing, and Cultivation
- Possession with Intent to Distribute
- Narcotics Trafficking
- Simple Possession
In addition, our comprehensive criminal defense practice encompasses other charges and issues which may arise in the context of a narcotics prosecution.
For example, we are intimately familiar with:
- Organized Crime
- Money Laundering
- Racketeering/RICO Violations
- Deportation Issues
- Property Forfeiture/Asset Seizure
- International Extradition/Treaties
Post-Conviction Issues: International/Domestic Prisoner Transfers
As a tri-lingual law firm, Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. works with U.S. citizens and foreign nationals charged with crimes in the United States and abroad. If you are facing extradition to or from the United States, it is essential that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney working with you and your foreign counsel from the very beginning. Jeff Weiner has handled international extradition cases in trial and appellate courts since 1974.
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Miami Medical Marijuana Lawyers
The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2, was approved by voters in 2016. The goal of Amendment 2 is to alleviate those suffering from medical conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and more. Under Amendment 2, the medical marijuana will be given to the patient if a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient. Our medical marijuana lawyers are available to represent individuals and business entities who wish to get into the business of growing and selling marijuana for medical purposes.
Note that the Federal law still prohibits growing, distributing, dispensing, and possessing marijuana. So, the proper legal advice from a skilled medical marijuana lawyer is necessary before moving forward with a business plan. Even though the federal government has indicated that they will not interfere with the states that will allow medical marijuana to be sold, one must be aware of the possible criminal ramifications. Speaking to medical marijuana lawyers can be crucial.
Your Drug Crimes Attorney Can Help With A Prescription Fraud Charge
Both Florida and federal law enforcement agencies take all drug crimes extremely seriously. You may believe that offenses involving prescription drugs may be less severe than non-prescription drugs such as cocaine or marijuana. However, if you do not have a valid prescription, these substances are just as potentially dangerous as other “street” drugs and you can face harsh penalties for prescription drug crimes. One particularly serious prescription drug crime is that of prescription fraud. This is a more complex offense than simple possession or distribution of prescription drugs. If you have been accused of this offense, you need aggressive and experienced drug crimes lawyers representing you as soon as possible.
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What Is Prescription Fraud?
Prescription fraud refers to several unlawful methods of obtaining prescription drugs without the lawful permission of a medical professional.
Some of the common drugs obtained through prescription fraud include the following:
There are many ways that people obtain these drugs that result in an arrest and in criminal charges being filed by the State Attorney’s Office or the United States Attorney’s Office.
What Acts Can Be Considered Prescription Fraud?
The following are only some acts that could be classified as prescription fraud:
- Stealing a blank prescription pad or slips from a doctor’s office or hospital
- Changing the drug type, amount, name, or other information on a valid prescription
- Forging prescriptions or making counterfeit prescription slips
- Going to numerous doctors, seeking a prescription for the same drug from each one
- Using your status as a medical professional or pharmaceutical professional to obtain prescriptions for your own use or financial benefit, or to distribute to family members or friends
- Along with prescription fraud, you may also face charges of unlawful possession of a prescription drug or even intent to distribute drugs if you possessed a certain amount
The penalties you may face for prescription fraud can depend on many different factors, including the methods you employed, the extent of the fraud scheme, the amount of drugs unlawfully obtained, whether you are accused of distributing the drugs, whether you have prior drug charges, and more. However, for only one count of felony prescription fraud, you may face felony charges, a fine of up to $5,000, and up to 5 years in state prison. These consequences can be more severe if you are charged by federal prosecutors. Therefore, drug crimes lawyers are crucial when fighting a prescription fraud charge.
Possession With The Intent To Sell
Both state and federal law prohibit the possession of controlled substances. However, federal law also specifically penalizes possessing illegal drugs with the intent to sell. Establishing intent is key to a prosecutor’s case, making it especially important for those who have been accused of possession with the intent to sell to speak with an experienced drug crimes attorney in Miami who can evaluate the evidence and help them formulate a defense.
Federal law prohibits both the manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs, and possession with the intent to distribute or manufacture a controlled substance. When trying someone, prosecutors are required to prove that the defendant intended to distribute the substance in question. Even if there is no evidence showing that a defendant was in the process of making a sale, courts can presume intent when certain facts exist.
These facts include:
- Large quantities of the drug were found in the defendant’s possession
- The defendant was found in possession of materials and tools that are commonly used to manufacture controlled substances, including certain chemicals
- Drug paraphernalia was found in the defendant’s possession
- Packaging materials or large amounts of money were found at the scene
- There is evidence of communications regarding distribution between the defendant and a potential customer
Minimum Sentencing Guidelines
Conviction of many drug offenses carry mandatory minimum prison sentences.
- One or more kilogram of heroin
- Five or more kilograms of cocaine
- 100 grams or more of PCP
- Ten grams or more of LSD
- 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana or 1,000 or more marijuana plants
- 50 or more grams of methamphetamine
If death or serious bodily injuries resulting from the use of the substance found in a defendant’s possession, his or her sentence could be increased to a minimum of 20 years to life.
Being charged with any type of drug crime should be taken very seriously. Federal drug offenses tend to be more aggressively investigated and prosecuted. Federal crimes also tend to have harsher criminal penalties. Judges in state and federal courts are required to consider sentencing guidelines when determining a defendant’s punishment. Being charged with a drug crime can be daunting and seeking help from experienced drug crimes lawyers is important; they can help you receive the best outcome possible.
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Our team of serious, knowledgeable drug crimes lawyers are tenacious when it comes to defending our clients. Our seasoned Florida drug crimes attorneys work zealously to exploit the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and develop a strategic defense for all our clients in every case.
To learn more about federal drug charges and possible defenses, please call the experienced Miami drug crimes lawyers at Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. today. A member of our South Florida legal team is standing by to help you schedule a complimentary case evaluation at your earliest convenience, and a skilled drug crimes lawyer will be able to review your case.
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