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I don’t care what you’re accused of doing. You are a human being and you deserve to have someone in your corner who will fight for you. I will not judge you; I’ll defend you. - Tim Flaherty

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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. A drug conviction can have life-altering affects. Call Flaherty Defense Firm today at (850) 243-6097 and let me 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 I 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 I am asked 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.

I have been defending drug cases for a long time. Over the years, I have learned that every case is different, and no case is hopeless. I 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.

I have devoted my entire practice to criminal defense. In keeping a very targeted area of practice, I can provide knowledge and skill that only comes from years of criminal defense experience.

Charge Statute Misdemeanor/
Felony
Degree Maximum Penalty
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. I have been defending locals, military members, and vacationers from drug arrests since 2001. Call me today at (850) 243-6097 for a free confidential consultation.

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