Drug crimes in Florida can be classified as state misdemeanors or felonies, but any such charge can have harsh consequences. An alleged drug offender not only faces punishments that may include imprisonment and fines, but there can be several additional long-term consequences if a person is convicted of any drug crime. The consequences depend on many factors such as the individual's criminal history, the severity of their crime, their involvement in the crime, and on a case by case basis both culpability of the accused as well as the totality of the circumstances surrounding that individual's culpability. All of these factors come into play when a client is facing criminal charges relating to drugs whether they are charged with possession of drugs, the sale sale or intent to distribute drugs, cultivation of drugs, or the trafficking of drugs.
Criminal drug offenses often involve very strict sentencing guidelines, and it is important for any person accused of a drug crime to make sure that he or she has skilled legal representation. These guidlines can often times be draconian in nature which is often time sthe case when it comes to drug trafficking. There can be any number of mitigating factors that result in the charges against an alleged offender being reduced or completely dismissed some of these factors are dictated by Florida statute while others are based on years of expierence in the criminal justice system and moreover are based on a case by case analysis of might my be affective and presentable to the court and or the state attoreny's office.
Were you arrested for any kind of a drug crime in Brevard County or the surrounding areas of Melbourne or Palm Bay Florida? You will want to immediately contact an experienced criminal defense who can thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your arrest and begin exposing all of the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Whether you have been charged with the trafficking of drugs or the simple posession of cocaine or another a controlled substance, it is important that at the very least you consult with an attoreny before you make any decisions. Our Law Offices offers a free consultation to those that have criminal charges against them in Brevard County Florida.
The Law Offices of James B. Coulter defends clients from Palm Bay Florida to Melbourne, Rockledge, Viera, Titusville, Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour, Indialantic Beach, Melbourne Beach, Cape Canaveral, Malabar, Indialantic, West Melbourne, Melbourne Village, and all of the surrounding areas of Brevard County and Central Florida against all sorts of alleged drug crimes. Our firm can review your case during a free consultation when you call (321) 586-9944 today.
A person arrested for a drug crime in Melbourne may be a local resident or a person who was visiting while on vacation. Some of the most common types of charges that these people face include:
No two cases involving charges relating to illegal drugs are the same. Thus, the possible defenses will largely depend on the specific circumstances that are relevant to an alleged offender’s particular situation.
However, there are two defenses that arise quite frequently in these cases. One issue concerns unknowing possession when a person is charged with possession of a controlled substance that actually belonged to an entirely different person.
In several cases, police confiscate drugs through an illegal search and seizure that violates the alleged offender’s Fourth Amendment rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution. In these instances, an attorney can file a motion to suppress the illegally obtained evidence, meaning that it cannot be presented at trial and the charges are typically dismissed.
In some cases, alleged offenders may be eligible for the Brevard County Pretrial Diversion (PTD) Program for drug-related offenses. If a State Attorney approves, these alleged offenders may be able to have prosecution deferred and avoid conviction or criminal prosecution if they successfully complete the terms of the PTD program.
For alleged offenders who are ineligible for the PTD program, the possible consequences of a conviction on state charges may include:
Just because a person does not live in the Melbourne Plam Bay Florida area or is not even a resident of Florida, does not mean that an arrest for a drug offense is simply forgotten. Nobody ever has the intention of getting into trouble with the law when they go on vacation, but it does happen and these people should immediately seek legal representation when they are charged with a criminal drug offense.
If you were arrested in Brevard County while on a cruise ship in Cap Canaveral, or while visiting Cocoa Beach or any of the other beaches of Brevard Coulty, but reside in another county or another state, a florida criminal defense lawyer is absolutely necessary to assist you with the multitude of problems you wil lbe dealing with. You will likely need a Florida criminal lawyer to obtain a waiver from the Florida court where you are facing charges which will allow the attorney to represent you at all stages while at the same saving you from the burden and harship of having to to make several return trips to Palm Bay Melbourne Cape Canaveral and the Brevard County area. It is especially crucial for anybody who was arrested for a drug crime while visiting Florida to seek legal representation as soon as possible, as waiting too long risks the possibility of missing important court dates and having warrants issued for their arrests which could result in extradition should you be picked up on some type of simple criminal charge in your own state or potentially even a driving citation.
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Drug Courts — You can find more information about the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit’s Adult Delinquency Drug Court, Adult Dependency Drug Court, and Adult Criminal Drug Court on this website. There are also videos and a link to and a Brevard County Adult Drug Court Referral Form.
Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Justice Center
2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Viera, Florida 32940
Space Coast Area of Narcotics Anonymous — Meeting times and locations are available on this website as well as a helpline. There are also assorted documents, reports, and literature.
Florida Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) — Information about the SSDP can be found on the website. There are also links to additional information about the organization, including campaigns, events, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Whether you live in Brevard County or were just visiting, you should immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney if you were arrested for a drug offense in the Melbourne area or anywhere else in the greater Brevard County area. The Law Offices of James B. Coulter provides alleged offenders with substantial experience from the perspective of both sides of the aisle as he is respectively a former Assistant State Attorney, an adjunct college professor or Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, as well as Ethics and has represented hundred in the past for drug charges.
The The Law Offices of James B. Coulter represents clients in Melbourne Florida, Palm Bay Florida, Satellite Beach Florida, Cocoa Beach Florida, Melbourne Beach Florida, as well as all of the other areas throughout Brevard County Florida and the surrounding areas within the state of Florida. Call (321) 586-9944 today to have our firm review your case during a free, confidential consultation.