Possession of Cocaine Defense Lawyer in Destin
With Destin’s reputation as a favorite party stop, it is all too common for vacationers and locals alike to find themselves on the wrong side of law enforcement due to drugs. With the high number of tourists in the area, local law enforcement has adopted a zero tolerance policy to try and make Destin drug free. If you were here in Destin on vacation, or you are a local, and were arrested for Possession of Cocaine, your first step should be to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately to protect your rights and your future. If you have been arrested in Destin for possession of cocaine, contact Flaherty Defense Firm today at (850) 243-6097.
What is Possession of Cocaine?
Possession of cocaine can be actual or constructive. Actual possession refers to the cocaine being found on your person. Constructive possession refers to cocaine being found in close proximity to your person or within ready reach. With the popularity of cocaine in the Destin party scene it is easy to see why law enforcement takes such an aggressive stance against every cocaine possession arrest. In the eyes of law enforcement a possession arrest is the equivalent of a dangerous drug dealer rather than a personal user. Whether you have been charged with actual or constructive possession of cocaine, your first priority is to contact a criminal defense attorney with the experience necessary to fight this charge.
What are the penalties for Possession of Cocaine in Destin?
Cocaine is listed as a schedule II substance per Florida Statute 893.03. It is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. In addition to fines and a potential prison sentence, a conviction for possession of cocaine could affect the following:
- Ability to own or possess a firearm
- Ability to vote
- Termination from employment
- Financial aid and scholarship denial
- Driver’s license suspension
Are there defenses to Possession of Cocaine in Destin?
Unlike other offenses in Destin, drug offenses can be defended in a multitude of ways. The first stage in any drug arrest defense is to determine actual versus constructive possession and isolate whether or not law enforcement had the right to approach, detain and arrest. Too often we see cases where people have been wrongfully detained or searched by law enforcement. In those cases we will (1) demand that the state turn over all evidence against you, including police reports, witness statements, physical evidence, and video evidence; (2) require law enforcement to justify their stop and search of your person or vehicle; and (3) determine whether or not law enforcement violated your rights. If we conclude that your rights were violated, or if we find evidence that the police didn’t follow the rules, we will take every action necessary to assert and defend your rights, including filing a motion to suppress evidence in court and/or set your case for trial.
Aggressive Drug Defense Working for you
Our number one goal is to keep you out of prison and make sure that your side is heard. Flaherty Defense Firm has been defending possession of cocaine charges in Destin for over 16 years. Our team has the experience and knowledge necessary to defend this serious felony. Having a team that is aggressive and not scared to force the state to prove the allegations against you is vital to protecting your future from a felony conviction.
A drug arrest is a serious offense and can lead to serious lifelong consequences. Rather than continue stressing about this, protect your future and call Flaherty Defense Firm at (850) 243-6097 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.