Crestview Drug Crimes Lawyer
Flaherty Defense Firm does not represent snitches. If you are currently working for the police, or you want to work as a confidential informant to help your case, please call another attorney. I will not be a part of getting more people in trouble for drugs.
Police officers and Sheriff Deputies in Crestview cast a very wide net in going after drug traffickers, but unfortunately, all too often it is the person with a small amount of drugs on them for personal use that gets caught in the cross-hairs. The consequences for a “victimless” crime are often harsh and can last a lifetime.
If you have been charged with a drug crime in Crestview, whether you are a local resident, military member, or a visitor, you have rights and legal options. My name is Tim Flaherty. I’ve practiced criminal defense in Crestview and throughout Okaloosa County since 2001, so I’ve learned what it takes to counter overzealous law enforcement officials looking to make an example out of drug offenders.
Common Drug Offenses in Crestview
I have defended a wide range of drug crimes in Crestview. Here is a list of the most common drug crimes that we defend:
A controlled substance is any substance regulated by Florida Statutes based on a “level of addictability.” Many of these substances are available by prescription only. It is illegal to be in possession of a controlled substance without a prescription in Crestview. Some of the most common controlled substances, both prescriptions and non-prescription are: Codeine, Percocet, Xanax, Valium, Methamphetamine, Molly, Hydrocodone, and Oxycontin. Although penalties for possession of a controlled substance vary by drug, all possession convictions can result in prison time, probation, and revocation of your driver’s license.
While the rest of the country hotly debates the legality of marijuana, Florida remains clear that any possession of marijuana without a medical use exemption is illegal. Marijuana possession is the only drug charge where the amount determines whether the charge is a misdemeanor or a felony. As a lifetime member of NORML, I know what you are facing and how to fight your case.
The Opioid crisis has hit Okaloosa County and Crestview hard. Unfortunately, our police department and State Attorney here in Crestview are treating this problem as a criminal issue instead of a treatment-based public health issue. Possession of Heroin or Opioids is a 3rd degree felony with a potential 5 year prison sentence.
If you can show proof of a valid prescription, even if you didn’t have it on you at the time of your arrest, there is a good chance that the felony charge can be dismissed. However, if you are convicted, Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription is a 3rd degree felony with a potential 5 year prison sentence.
Crestview Drug Crime Outcomes
If you are a first time offender, we can explore a program to resolve your case. Pretrial Diversion, or PTD, is an agreement between you and the state that guarantees that your charges will be dismissed if you complete it successfully. For more information about Pretrial Diversion in Crestview, or anywhere in Okaloosa County, click here. This option has been extremely beneficial for a lot of our younger clients who are in college, or who hope to go to college.
Finally, some clients’ drug charges come as the result of a serious battle with addiction. In those cases, I will work with you to explore addiction treatment facilities as an alternative to incarceration and other penalties.
Get Help from a Crestview Drug Crimes Lawyer
At Flaherty Defense Firm, I exclusively handle criminal charges, so I know what it takes to go up against Crestview prosecutors and fight for your rights. Facing drug charges is serious, but it’s important to remember that there are effective options available. Take action to protect your future and call me today at (850) 243-6097.