Fort Lauderdale Drug Crime Attorney
Arrested for a Drug Offense in Broward County, FL?
Florida law has severe penalties for drug crimes of all types. The amount of the drug, the type of drug, and the circumstances of the arrest will all have bearing on the type of charge and penalties you face. Criminal offenses like driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a controlled substance, and the sale/distribution of drugs are all prosecuted with a heavy hand under state law.
Because time is of the essence in any criminal matter, our firm is available days, nights, and weekends to take your call. We encourage you to reach out to our team to discuss the drug charges you face, the penalties involved, and how we can help pursue a defense strategy or diversion options you may have available. We proudly serve clients throughout Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, and beyond.
Call (954) 840-8713 to discuss your case with a Fort Lauderdale drug crime lawyer. Hager & Schwartz, P.A. provides trusted legal guidance throughout Broward County, FL.
Types of Drug Offenses in Florida
- Possession of illegal drugs
- Possession with intent to distribute
- Prescription fraud & illegal possession
- Trafficking or distribution of drugs
- Cultivation of illegal drugs
- Manufacture of illegal drugs
- Sale of controlled substances
- Transportation of illegal drugs
What to Do After Being Arrested for a Drug Offense in FL
If you or someone you love has been arrested for a drug crime in Broward County – or are currently under investigation for a drug offense – what you do early on in the process can impact the trajectory of your case and its ultimate outcome. Even seemingly "minor" drug offenses can have serious consequences on your freedom and your future, which is why these charges should never be taken lightly.
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., we have extensive experience protecting the rights of clients charged with all types of drug offenses, from simple drug possession to serious felony and federal crimes. During this time, it is important that you understand not only your rights, but the steps you can take to protect yourself and your case.
- Exercise your right to remain silent – Whether you are under investigation or have already been charged, it is critical that you understand your right to remain silent. The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects you against self-incrimination. This means you DO NOT have to speak to law enforcement – it won’t help your case. Instead, you can have an experienced attorney handle communication with police and other law enforcement officials on your behalf.
- Know what’s at stake – It is important to know what’s at stake so you make the most appropriate decisions for yourself, your loved ones, and your future. Drug crimes and their penalties can vary, but they all have the potential to alter your life with financial burdens, probation, imprisonment, and a criminal record that may jeopardize your future. By knowing what’s on the line, you can make sure you don’t fall short in doing all you can to achieve the best possible outcome.
- Know what’s expected of you – Take the time to familiarize yourself with the process ahead, including important court dates. For some accused individuals, there may also be terms that come with being released on your own recognizance. Missing court dates, being charged with new crimes, or violating the terms of release can increase the problems and penalties you face.
- Call a drug crime attorney – Unfortunately, public defenders in Florida are overworked and underpaid, and simply can't dedicate the time your case demands. At Hager & Schwartz, our drug crime lawyers in Fort Lauderdale are available to clients around-the-clock, including nights and weekends, and have over 35 years of experience. Both have served as state prosecutors, which means they have experience handling these cases from both sides of the courtroom.
Alternative Sentencing for Drug Crimes in Broward County, FL
Florida can be tough on drug offenders. However, for certain individuals charged with low-priority, non-violent drug crimes, Florida has enacted laws and procedures that offer opportunity and rehabilitation rather than stiff punishment alone.
Recognition of the failed “War on Drugs” and alarming incarceration rates across the U.S. have resulted in sweeping changes to how the judicial system processes and penalizes drug offenders. In Florida, the concept of alternative sentencing enables individuals accused to drug crimes to seek help, avoid incarceration, and, in some cases, be free of criminal records that can create unfair limitations.
Types of Alternative Sentencing
Examples of alternative sentencing in Broward County include:
- Drug court
- Treatment and counseling
- Probation / supervised release
- Community service
In Lieu of a Defendant in FL
In Broward County, eligible drug offenders may have their sentence withheld in lieu of a defendant successfully complying with court orders that may consist of treatment and/or counseling, paying fees, and community service, among other court orders. For some individuals, successful completion of diversion programs can allow them to avoid a drug-related conviction and criminal record.
Eligibility for Alternative Sentencing in Drug Cases
Although alternative sentencing, counseling, and treatment are available in some cases, they are not guaranteed. It is important to remember that each case is different, and that having an attorney by your side to walk you through the process is crucial to securing the positive outcome you need. Factors that may play a role in whether alternative sentencing may be an option in your case include:
- The nature of the crime
- The amount and type of drug involved
- A person’s criminal history
- Prior drug convictions
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our Fort Lauderdale attorneys are former prosecutors who have spent decades working on both sides of the criminal justice system. We have worked with clients from all walks of life and have seen how the system has evolved to focus on supporting citizens who need help rather than branding them, making their lives more difficult, and perpetuating a cycle that burdens all involved.
Arrested for Illegal Narcotics in Broward County?
The type of drug and amount found by law enforcement makes a significant difference in the type of charges you face. Whether it is cocaine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, methamphetamine, PCP, or illegally obtained legal prescription drugs, the consequences may be severe without a solid defense.
In many cases, overzealous law enforcement officers violate correct procedure, either on search and seizure or during the arrest. The circumstances of your arrest should be carefully reviewed by a Fort Lauderdale drug crime attorney so you can protect yourself against any unwarranted penalties.
Hager & Schwartz, P.A. defends all types of drug cases throughout Broward County. Speak with a Fort Lauderdale drug lawyer in a free case evaluation.
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