Drug Offenses

Drug Offenses

Fort Lauderdale drug possession criminal defense attorney

Since the advent of the "War on Drugs" in the late 1980s, there has been an increased focus on the part of law enforcement with respect to drug possession crimes.  Because of South Florida's history for being a "port destination" for international drug trafficking, the Florida Legislature has enacted some of the strictest drug laws in the Unites States.  Police officers in Florida are encouraged to make arrests for even trace amounts of narcotics.  While states such as Colorado and Washington have taken a progressive approach in legalizing marijuana for personal use, you can still be charged with a felony for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana in Florida.  In addition, most people are not aware that possession of a relatively small amount of narcotic pills in Florida can lead to a Trafficking charge which carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years in state prison. (See Fla. Stat. 893.135) Ft. Lauderdale drug possession defense lawyer Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. has a proven approach to getting successful results for individuals who are being charged with drug possession and trafficking.  Criminal attorney Antonio Quinn has a reputation in the Broward and Palm Beach criminal justice systems as an attorney who fights vigorously for his clients who are facing charges in drug possession and trafficking cases. 

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Aggressive Drug Possession Criminal Defense in South Florida

The fact of the matter is that may drug possession and trafficking arrests are the result of invalid searches and/or seizure techniques engaged in by the police.  It requires an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to recognize when an illegal search or seizure has taken place and to argue to the court for relief.  Drug possession defense attorney Antonio D Quinn Esq. takes an aggressive approach when handling drug possession and trafficking cases.  In drug cases, criminal lawyer Antonio Quinn will often shift the burden and focus the court's attention upon the conduct of the arresting officer in evaluating whether or not the search and/or stop were conducted within the boundaries of the law.  If the court agrees that the officer acted outside of the law in making the arrest then in most cases it will be required to set aside the evidence leading to dismissal of the charges. 

The consequences of being convicted for drug possession in Florida are severe.  With the exception of cannabis or marijuana (under 20 grams in weight), the possession of any controlled substance is a felony.  This includes pharmaceutical medications for which a valid prescription is not present.  Drug possession defense attorney Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. provides aggressive representation for those being charged with:

  • possession of cannabis or possession of marijuana
  • possession of cocaine including possession of crack
  • possession of heroin
  • GHB
  • Possession of LSD or possession of Acid
  • Pharmaceutical drugs (eg. possession of oxycontin, possession of oxycodone, possession of hydrocodone, possession of xanax)
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of ecstasy (including possession of molly and possession of MDMA)

Defenses in Drug Possession Cases

In most narcotics possession cases, law enforcement officers have conducted a search and/or seizure of persons, vehicles or property. Unless the police have obtained a legally valid consent, probable cause that a crime has taken place or a valid search warrant, then a search is a violation of a person's rights protected by the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution.  Criminal defense lawyer Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. conducts a thorough review and investigation of all of the circumstances which led to the arrest of his clients.  If criminal lawyer Antonio Quinn discovers that a client of Quinn Law, P.A. has had their rights violated, then he will move to have the evidence thrown out and the charges dismissed. 

Drug Court

If you are charged with a felony or a misdemeanor drug offense and it is your first time being arrested, then you may qualify for drug court.  Successful completion of the drug court program will lead to the State dismissing the charges in your case.  Drug court is not recommended for everybody and the length of the program as well as the intensity of the supervision varies along with the seriousness of the offense.  Your attorney can advise you as to whether drug court is available and advisable for you in your case.  To schedule a case evaluation contact Quinn Law, P.A. at (954) 463-0440.

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