Drug related offenses must be taken seriously. Issues of addiction, counseling and treatment need to be investigated when it comes to these types of charges. When facing drug related charges, effective legal representation is critical to your case, which is why now is the time to think about consulting a top criminal defense attorney like Brian Gabriel. Attorney Brian Gabriel succeeds in representing clients charged with drug related offenses throughout Palm Beach and Martin Counties, and has practiced criminal defense for over 25 years.
The key factors affecting charges for drug crimes include the type of substances discovered and the quantities of each. Controlled substances follow a hierarchy that guides the severity of the offense. Possession of certain drugs or amounts of drugs can be classified either as misdemeanor or felony offenses, and carry severe punishments. Depending on the amount and type of drug involved, as outlined in Chapter 893 of the Florida Legislature, a drug related offense can be considered a third, second, or first degree felony.
In some situations, the law attaches the presumption that the amount or type of drugs are no longer for personal use but are meant for distribution and classifies the individual as a drug trafficker. A person charged with a drug offense may face fines of several hundred dollars, as well as extensive community service. Charges that are deemed more severe by the courts may impose punishments of several years imprisonment.
Drug related offenses typically cover a myriad of controlled substances, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, prescription drugs, anti-depression medication and more. Even if the individual is authorized to act as a vendor for a certain type of drug, factors such as the age of the client the substance is being sold to, where the vendor is selling the substance, and how much of the substance is being held by the vendor, can all be viewed by the courts as a channel to charge the individual with a drug related offense.
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Attorney Brian Gabriel of Gabriel & Gabriel focuses in criminal defense. We handle all criminal defense matters including DUI, narcotics offenses, violent offenses, sexual offenses, domestic violence offenses, juvenile offenses, serious traffic offenses, as well as appeals, drivers license suspension and violation of parole/probation issues.
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