Destin Drug Crimes Attorney
Flaherty Defense Firm has been defending Drug Crimes in Destin on behalf of tourists and locals for over 16 years.
Drug offenses are almost always victimless crimes and yet the prisons in Florida have more drug offenders in them than any other type of offender. Hard to believe, but it’s true.
The State of Florida prosecutes drug charges in Destin and they take it very seriously. They will be looking to convict you and possibly send you to prison. Even without a prison sentence, a drug conviction on your record can keep you from getting a good job, can prevent you from getting financial aid for college, or can keep you from being eligible to join the military. You will also face a one year suspension of your driver’s license for any drug conviction in Florida.
The good news is that a skilled Destin drug crimes attorney who is experienced in defending drug charge cases can help you avoid these life-changing penalties and get your life back on track. Even though drug charges are serious, there is still reason to be optimistic.
Keep in mind that you have only been accused at this point. That is not the same as a conviction. It is my job to try and make sure it never gets that far.
Defending out of town visitors accused of a drug offense in Destin
If you came to Destin to have a good time with your friends on spring break or during summer vacation with your family, the last thing you need is to have this one mistake follow you for the rest of your life. We defend a lot of visitors from out of town so we know what to do to make this whole ordeal less stressful for you.
We will make sure that you will not have to come back for your first court date. If I am retained as your defense attorney, I will appear at the first and second court date on your behalf. If your charge is a misdemeanor, you will probably never have to appear in Florida for court. If your charge is a felony, you may have to make one court appearance at the very end. If that happens, we will give you plenty of notice so you can make plans.
One thing out of town visitors worry about is hiring an attorney, going back home, and then never hearing from their attorney. I promise you that will not happen if Flaherty Defense Firm is on your case. Brandy and Brittni are my two paralegals. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and they will always be glad to take your call and answer your questions. They will also put you directly in touch with me any time you need to talk to me.
The Most Common Drug Charges in Destin
We have defended a wide variety of drug crimes in Destin, but the most common are:
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of Cocaine
- Possession of Controlled Substance Without a Prescription
- Drug Trafficking
A Destin Drug Defense Attorney Can Help
If you are accused of a drug charge in Destin, your best chance to avoid a permanent conviction on your record and possible incarceration is to call Flaherty Defense Firm at (850) 243-6097. I can meet with you in person if you’re local, or if you were arrested while you were here on vacation, I’ll be glad to talk with you on the phone.
Here are just a few of the different issues we will look at to try and successfully resolve your Destin drug arrest:
Did the police violate your constitutional rights?
There is usually a police search in every drug case. The U.S. and Florida Constitutions protect you from unreasonable search and seizure by the government. This brings up several possible legal issues related to a drug charge:
- If there was a traffic stop, was there a legally valid reason for the stop?
- Did the police have probable cause to search your vehicle?
- If the police obtained your permission to search, did they exceed their authority?
- If you were detained while waiting for a K-9 unit, how long did they hold you?
- If your case involves the search of your home, did the cops have a valid search warrant?
A Motion to Suppress Evidence will be filed if the police didn’t adhere to your constitutional protections when they conducted their search of your person, your vehicle, or your home. If the Judge agrees with our position, your Destin drug case will be dismissed.
Another way to get Destin drug charges dismissed
Let’s face it. Sometimes the police did their job correctly and we won’t have a legal basis to have the evidence suppressed. Does that mean we will just advise you to give up and plead guilty? Absolutely not. There are other options available to get to the right outcome.
One option for ensuring the dismissal of your Destin drug charge is Pretrial Intervention (PTI). PTI is a diversion agreement between you and the prosecutor. The terms of the agreement will be negotiated by me on your behalf. If you agree to the terms and conditions of PTI, and you complete all of them, the prosecutor will be required to dismiss your case.
Keep in mind that the prosecutor will not be inclined to let you into this program out of the goodness of their heart. In fact, they are usually pretty resistant to the idea. Securing PTI for a Destin drug charge requires mitigation, negotiation, and the right amount of leverage and pressure.
The next step is up to you. If you would like to know more about how we would defend your case, give us a call. The consultation is free and you can get your questions answered. Then you can make an informed decision about choosing the right attorney to help you.
For a drug charge in Destin, Flaherty Defense Firm is available 24/7 at (850) 243-6097.