Drug trafficking invokes images of organized crime and international drug cartels. Most people wrongly assume that the crime of drug trafficking necessarily involves the transportation of large quantities of illicit substances. In reality, an individual in unlawful possession of a mere 4 grams of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, or other specified narcotic is criminally liable for drug trafficking, even if the individual has no intent to transport or sell the narcotic. Under Florida law, an otherwise law abiding citizen, who is addicted to painkillers and is in unlawful possession of prescription pills, is subject to severe and unforgiving penalties.
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Knowingly and unlawfully possessing 4 grams of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, or other specified narcotic carries a mandatory 3 year prison sentence and a fine of $50,000. If the amount is 14 grams or more, the penalty is a minimum 15 year prison sentence and a $100,000 fine. Knowingly and unlawfully possessing 28 grams of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, or other specified narcotic carries with it a mandatory 25 year prison sentence and a $500,000 fine. If the amount is 30 kilograms or more, the penalty is mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole.
What is more, in the case of a medical doctor who is suspected of having written prescriptions in bad faith, the prosecution may charge the doctor with trafficking. In proving its case against a medical doctor, the prosecution may rely on the aggregate of multiple written prescriptions, without ever proving that the doctor possessed the narcotic. In other words, simply writing prescriptions in bad faith may result in more than the loss of a medical license; it may result in a lifetime behind bars.
When the stakes are high, it is essential that individuals seek representation from a Weston criminal defense lawyer experienced in complex criminal litigation. Attorney Kevin F. Moot is a former Major Violent Crimes prosecutor who has significant experience litigating cases in which the potential penalty is mandatory life in prison. His approach to high stakes litigation involves a meticulous study of the facts, the evidence, and the latest developments in the law.
Weston drug crime attorney Kevin F. Moot is eager to discuss solutions with his clients. Contact him now for a free consultation.