Fort Walton Beach Drug Charges Lawyer
You don’t need a sales pitch and you don’t need empty promises. If you have a drug charge in Fort Walton Beach, you already know you’re in trouble. What you need is someone to give it to you straight. Someone who will give you the help you need, when you need it the most.
My name is Tim Flaherty. Since 2001, I have been defending clients accused of drug crimes in Fort Walton Beach and throughout Okaloosa County. My partner’s name is Brandy Merrifield. At Flaherty Defense Firm, we know that a drug conviction can have life altering affects. Call today at (850) 243-6097 and let us get to work for you.
Common Drug Charges in Fort Walton Beach
All drug charges, other than possession of marijuana under 20 grams, are felonies. The penalties and fines vary depending on the type of drug and the amount of the drug.
Drug cases are unique from other felonies. The state does not care if the possession is for personal use. If you are charged, you will face the same punishment as a serious drug dealer. The most common drug-related charges we defend are listed below:
Depending on the drug, and the amount, you could face between 5 and 30 years in prison. Even if no prison time is imposed, there is the possibility of a permanent felony conviction on your record, the loss of your driver’s license, and ineligibility for Federal student loans and grants.
With so much at stake, don’t leave your future to chance.
Defending a Drug Charge in Ft. Walton Beach
A common question clients will ask is, “How can you defend me? I had the drugs on me.” To be clear, just because you were found with drugs in your possession, or in your home or car, does not mean you are guilty of drug possession.
We have been defending drug cases for a long time. Over the years, we have learned that every case is different, and no case is hopeless. We will develop a customized defense strategy that will include the following:
- Thorough review of the State’s evidence against you;
- Review for potential motion issues such as Motion to Dismiss or Motion to Suppress;
- Interview or depose witnesses and law enforcement;
- View all video, audio and visual evidence; and
- Negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable result. In some situations, it is possible to negotiate a program called Pretrial Diversion which results in a full dismissal of all charges if completed.
Flaherty Defense Firm devotes its entire practice to criminal defense. In keeping a very targeted area of practice, we can provide knowledge and skill that only comes from years of criminal defense experience.
|Marijuana Possession of Less than 20 grams||893.13(6)(a)||Misdemeanor||1st||1 year jail, $1,000 fine and 1 year driver’s license suspension|
|Possession of Narcotic Equipment||893.147(1)||Misdemeanor||1st||1 year jail and $1,000 fine|
|Marijuana Possession of More than 20 grams||893.13 (1)(c)||Felony||3rd||5 years prison, $5,000 fine and 1 year driver’s license suspension|
|Possession of a Controlled Substance (other than cannabis)||893.13(6)(a)||Felony||3rd||5 years prison and $5,000 fine|
|Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud||893.13(7)(a)(9)||Felony||3rd||5 years prison and $5,000 fine|
|Sale, Manufacture or Distribution of Cannabis||893.13(1)(a)(2)||Felony||3rd||5 years prison and $5,000 fine|
|Sale, Manufacture or Distribution of Cannabis within 1000ft of a Child Care or School||893.13(1)(c)(2)||Felony||2nd||15 years prison and $10,000 fine|
|Deliver Cannabis to a Minor||893.13(4)(b)||Felony||2nd||15 years prison and $10,000 fine|
|Purchase, Sell, Distribute Cocaine/Meth||893.13(4)(b)||Felony||2nd||15 years prison and $10,000 fine|
|Sale, Manufacture or Distribution of Cocaine/Meth within 1000ft of a University, Child Care or School||893.13(1)(d)(l) 893.13(1)(C)(1)||Felony||1st||Minimum 3 year DOC /
Maximum 30 years prison and $10,000 fine
|Trafficking Cannabis 25-200 lbs (3 years DOC)||893.13(1)(a)( l )||Felony||1st||Minimum 3 year DOC /
Maximum 30 years prison and $10,000 fine
|Trafficking Cocaine||893.13(1)(b)(l)||Felony||1st||28-200 grams minimum 3 years DOC 200-400 grams minimum 7 years DOC 400 grams-150 Kg minimum 15 years DOC Maximum for all charges 30 years prison and $10,00 fine|
|Trafficking Meth||893.135(1)(f)||Felony||1st||Minimum Penalty for: 14-28 grams 3 years DOC 28-200 grams 7 years DOC 200 grams or more 15 years DOC and $250,000 fine
Maximum for all charges 30 years prison
|Trafficking Opiates/Hydrocodone||893.135(1)(c)(2)(a)||Felony||1st||Minimum Penalty for: 4-14 grams 3 years DOC 15-28 grams 15 years DOC 29 grams -30 kg 25 years DOC All charges maximum penalty 30 years prison $10,000 fine|
|Trafficking MDMA||893.135(1)(k)(2)(a)||F||1st||Minimum Penalty for: 10-200 grams 3 years DOC 201-400 grams 7 years DOC 401 grams or more 15 years DOC All charges maximum penalty 30 years prison and $10,000 fine|
Contact a Fort Walton Beach Drug Charge Defense Attorney
Don’t take on the State by yourself or with a state-funded public defender. Our entire practice is devoted to criminal defense. Call Flaherty Defense Firm today at (850) 243-6097 for a free confidential consultation.