The war on drugs has taken a devastating toll on our country. Millions are imprisoned or on probation because of relatively minor drug crimes, which makes finding work after life in prison virtually impossible for many. While communities have been ravaged by gang violence, often fighting for drug turf, those same communities have also been subjected to police violence and levels of racism that many associate with an entirely different era of American history. The war on drugs has cost hundreds of billions and has resulted in sending millions of young men and women to prison, ruining lives in the process. It all began when those seeking office realized that being tough on crime and drugs was a way to win votes, and so the war on drugs was born in the 1970s and has continued on to today. Drug crimes are punishable as though they were violent acts, and nearly half of all those incarcerated are serving sentences for drug crimes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, as opposed to crimes of violence. If you have been charged with a drug crime, the penalties that you face are likely incredibly high. Contact an experienced Tampa drug crimes lawyer today to increase your chances of having the charges thrown out or staying out of prison.
Comprehensive Representation of Tampa Drug Crimes and Drug-Related Charges
Tison Law Group represents people facing serious felony drug charges under state and federal laws regulating controlled substances. Our practice includes representation in all criminal drug-related offenses, including:
- Simple Drug Possession
- Possession With Intent To Distribute
- Drug Trafficking
- Manufacturing, Growing And Cultivation of Cannabis/Marijuana
It Is Possible to Defend Against Possession and Drug Trafficking Charges
Due to sloppiness or ignorance, law enforcement often makes procedural errors or violates constitutional rights during narcotic investigations. It is essential that you have knowledgeable and skilled lawyers to ensure that the mistakes are exposed and presented in an effective manner to the court. There are many ways to defend against drug charges in court or build a strong case for plea negotiations or dismissal of charges. There are also many factual challenges that can present themselves in a drug bust. For instance, given that drug transactions often occur at night, the possibility of misidentification of the suspect or a misunderstanding of what was going on is quite real. Also, witnesses to drug transactions may themselves be involved in the drug trade, have a vested interest in a particular arrest or be otherwise unreliable.
Even when drugs are found apparently in a person’s possession, there may be defenses available. The Constitution protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures, and any search of a person’s body, belongings, home or car must be justified at its inception and limited in scope for the duration of the search. When a drug arrest is based on an illegal stop or unlawful search, it is often possible for a skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer to have the evidence suppressed or even to get the case dismissed or prevent charges from being filed in the first place.
Help with Your Drug Charges from an Experienced & Successful Tampa Bay Drug Crimes Attorney
Drug crimes are dealt with harshly by the courts, and many drug convictions carry lengthy mandatory minimum sentences. Let us apply our experience and expertise in your defense to help you avoid the most serious consequences that can result from a narcotics conviction. If you have been arrested on Florida state or federal drug charges, contact the Tison Law Group in Tampa for a free consultation regarding the best options in your case.