Drug charges can result in very serious consequences for individuals in Florida. Drug convictions can mean serving time in prison as well as living with the stigma of having a drug conviction on your criminal record for the rest of your life.
A recent drug case in Florida is an example of the serious consequences individuals can face if they are convicted of drug crimes. A Florida man was convicted of several drugs crimes and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The man was charged with multiple drug crimes, including possession with the intent to sell cocaine, possession of marijuana, trafficking oxycodone, trafficking hydrocodone and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The man was arrested in Florida after police officers found illegal drugs in his apartment after a drug sniffing dog alerted them to the drugs in the man’s home. Police also found more than $10,000 in his safety deposit box that led investigators to believe he was selling illegal drugs. Police said the drug sniffing dog alerted them to the safety deposit box, indicating that the dog smelled drugs in the safety deposit box.
The man is serving such a long prison sentence due to the multiple charges he faced. This case is an example of the serious repercussions individuals can face if they are charged and convicted of drug crimes.
Drug charges often rely on evidence obtained during a search warrant. Individuals facing drug charges should understand their rights, including rights regarding probable cause for search and seizures of evidence. Individuals facing drug charges should consult a criminal defense attorney to make sure their rights weren’t violated, especially if they believe police did not have the right to search their home or vehicle.
Source: NWF Daily News, “Man gets 20 years on drug charges,” Oct. 15, 2013