Experienced Key West Attorney Skilled in Drug Crime Defense

Florida lawyer represents clients facing controlled-substance charges

Though Key West is a prime vacation spot in Florida, the state falls within the routes for trafficking of drugs from the Caribbean and South America. State drug laws are strict and provide for stiff penalties. Even recreational marijuana possession is illegal. If you are arrested on drug charges in Key West, you can expect to face zealous prosecution. But when you retain The Jamindar Law Firm, you get experienced legal representation to protect your rights and to provide you with a strong defense.

Types of drug crimes in Florida

The following activities involving drugs and controlled substances are outlawed:

  • Possession — Simple possession of a small amount of a controlled substance presumed to be for personal use
  • Manufacturing — Producing narcotics or cultivating marijuana in quantities too large to be for personal consumption
  • Transporting — The movement of controlled substances, such as transfer from distributor to pharmacy
  • Selling— Illicit sale of controlled substances, including street drugs and prescription drugs

In my practice, I have successfully defended against a variety of serious drug charges. I also defend clients charged with driving and boating under the influence of drugs.

Understanding how drugs are classified under Florida law

Florida law follows the federal system for categorizing drugs and controlled substances based on their level of health risk and whether or not they have an accepted medical use. They are grouped into the following schedules:

  • Schedule I — These drugs include heroin and LSD, which have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.
  • Schedule II — These drugs include cocaine, methamphetamine, morphine, PCP and Fentanyl, which have a high potential for abuse and dependency but some accepted medical use with restrictions.
  • Schedule III — These drugs have an accepted medical use and less potential for abuse than Schedule I or II substances. There is a low or moderate risk of physical dependence but a high risk of psychological dependence.
  • Schedule IV — These drugs have an acceptable medical use and an even lower potential for abuse than Schedule III substances. There is a moderate risk of dependency.
  • Schedule V — This list includes prescription medicines that contain small amounts of narcotics. They have an accepted medical use and the least potential for abuse.

Charges and penalties for drug offenses are based on these schedules and also on the quantity of drugs involved, the activity engaged in and the defendant’s prior criminal history if any.

Penalties for drug crimes in Florida

Florida Statutes § 893.13(1)(a) governs penalties for drug crimes. Here is a brief sampling of sentences for possessory offenses:

  • First degree felony — Possession of more than 10 grams of any Schedule I drug draws a penalty of up to 30 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000
  • Third degree felony — Possession of more than 10 grams of any Schedule II to V drug is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000
  • Third degree felony — Possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
  • First degree misdemeanor — Possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana is punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.

I aggressively pursue positive outcomes for my clients, including dismissal of charges and acquittals. When the weight of the evidence is against you, I may still be able to deliver positive results by negotiating a reduction of charges and a more lenient sentence.

Contact a determined criminal defense attorney in Key West, Florida

The Jamindar Law Firm in Key West is dedicated to defending clients against drug charges in Monroe County, Florida. To schedule a free initial consultation, call me at 305-204-6869 or contact me online. My office is conveniently located at 422 Fleming Street on the edge of the Key West Historical District.