Have you been arrested for a sale or possession of drugs charges? Do you feel like you were treated unjustly? Do you feel like law enforcement acted illegally? Do you feel like you are not guilty? Not sure what to do next?
It’s time to hire the Law Office of Juan C. Calama to aid you in your defense. When defending sales and/or possession of drugs cases, the Law Office of Juan C. Calama looks for mistakes that were made during an arrest, as well as issues involving the quality of the evidence and preservation of that evidence.
Police officers are required, in the scope and duty of their employment, to gather evidence and act and go about their duty in a certain way. These rules are laid out very clearly in state and federal law and, if the officer fails to abide by these rules, it is possible to get evidence thrown out by way of a motion to suppress evidence.
This evidence can be the actual drugs in question or a confession or some other piece of evidence illegally obtained by law enforcement officers. Sometimes this can even lead to a case being completely dismissed.
If our best efforts to have evidence suppressed are not fruitful, you are going to want to have an attorney with a background in courtroom litigation and negotiation to aggressively represent you, either at trial before a jury or in negotiation with the Office of the State Attorney who prosecutes criminal matters on behalf of the State of Florida.
The Law Office of Juan C. Calama has courtroom and negotiating experience earned over many years at the Office of the Public Defender and in private practice. This experience is invaluable in letting the State know that you intend to defend yourself with everything that you have at your disposal. We are your fiercest and most aggressive advocates in your defense.
The range of drug charges in Florida is broad and can encompass simple misdemeanor possessions (such as simple possession of marijuana under 20 grams or possession of drug paraphernalia) to very serious felony sales and trafficking charges that can carry severe penalties involving lengthy prison sentences and large fines.
Depending on the charge, a person convicted of a drug charge in Florida could face the following possible penalties:
Second-Degree Misdemeanor – punishable by up to 60 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.
First-Degree Misdemeanor – punishable by up to 1 year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.
Third-Degree Felony – punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
Second-Degree Felony – punishable by up to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
First-Degree Felony – punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
In addition to the maximum penalties listed above in terms of dollars and days or years of incarceration, the Court may also impose additional penalties on someone who is convicted of a drug charge, including substance abuse evaluation and treatment, random drug testing (at the person’s expense) and community service, to name only a few. Pleading to certain drug offenses can also carry collateral penalties such as suspension of driving privileges. Furthermore, a plead to a felony can cause a person to lose their right to vote and to possess a firearm legally.
Given the serious potential consequences of a drug charge in the State of Florida, you need to get yourself fierce and aggressive representation with experience. The Law Office of Juan C. Calama has been handling these kinds of drug possession and drug sales cases for many years. We have been dealing with law enforcement, prosecutors and judges for a very long time and we understand the ins and outs of these kinds of cases.
Call the Law Office of Juan C. Calama today and schedule your consultation.