HIGHLAND BEACH FL HEROIN TRAFFICKING DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
WITH OFFICES IN BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
The criminal defense lawyers at Arnesen Law represent clients charged with a multitude of drug-related offenses, ranging from heroin and cocaine trafficking, to possession of marijuana. These skilled legal practitioners appear regularly in courts throughout South Florida in towns including Highland Beach, Delray Beach, and Wellington, focusing specifically on clients charged with criminal and DUI offenses.
Having participated in the investigation and prosecution of countless drug cases during his work as a former police officer, founding partner Jay Arnesen is uniquely qualified to evaluate cases involving alleged drug offenses. In fact, his extensive credentials include certification through The John Jay University School of Criminal Justice’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Advanced Training Narcotics Course. This highly regarded program certification is achieved by law enforcement officials serving a variety of distinguished agencies, including the FBI, DEA, ATF, and US Customs Enforcement Bureau.
With the professionalism, compassion, and expertise to address drug charges from both sides of the law, the attorneys at The Arnesen Law Firm are available anytime at 561-419-9630 to provide free legal consultations.
“As a former police officer, I used to help prosecute these charges for the State. Now, let me use my training and experience to combat these charges for you in court.” Jay Arnesen, Esq., Criminal Defense Attorney
Trafficking in Heroin – Florida Statutes Section 893.135
Drug Trafficking is considered an extremely serious crime in Florida. In fact, these offenses entail a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment, the terms of which are contingent upon the amount of the substance involved in the alleged offense. The Florida Criminal Code includes a lengthy list of drug trafficking charges, which are contained in Chapter 893, Section 135. Specifically, 893.135 details the penalties associated with offenses for trafficking in heroin and similar substances in subsection (c) of this section. Among the drugs included under this subsection are: morphine, opium, hydromorphone, and heroin. The penalties associated with these offenses are based on the weight (measured in grams and/or kilograms) of the substance seized in each case.
Per the dictates of Section 893.135(c):
(1) A person who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state, or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of, 4 grams or more of any morphine, opium, hydromorphone, or any salt, derivative, isomer, or salt of an isomer thereof, including heroin, as described in s. 893.03(1)(b), (2)(a), (3)(c)3., or (3)(c)4., or 4 grams or more of any mixture containing any such substance, but less than 30 kilograms of such substance or mixture, commits a felony of the first degree, which felony shall be known as “trafficking in illegal drugs,” punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. If the quantity involved:
a. Is 4 grams or more, but less than 14 grams, such person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years and shall be ordered to pay a fine of $50,000.
b. Is 14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams, such person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and shall be ordered to pay a fine of $100,000.
c. Is 28 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms, such person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 25 years and shall be ordered to pay a fine of $500,000.
(2) A person who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state, or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of, 30 kilograms or more of any morphine, opium, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, or any salt, derivative, isomer, or salt of an isomer thereof, including heroin, as described in s. 893.03(1)(b), (2)(a), (3)(c)3., or (3)(c)4., or 30 kilograms or more of any mixture containing any such substance, commits the first degree felony of trafficking in illegal drugs. A person who has been convicted of the first degree felony of trafficking in illegal drugs under this subparagraph shall be punished by life imprisonment and is ineligible for any form of discretionary early release except pardon or executive clemency or conditional medical release under s. 947.149.
Trafficking in Heroin – Potential Penalties
Although all criminal charges for trafficking in heroin are classified as first degree felonies in Florida, the sentencing guidelines associated with these offenses vary based on the weight (measured in grams and/or kilograms) involved, as stated previously. These crimes are punishable by a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment, the length of which is determined by the weight of the allegedly trafficked substance, and fines of up to half a million dollars. A conviction also requires the imposition of a mandatory 2-year driver’s license suspension, as well as the suspension of the defendants’ business or professional license.
Weights Ranging from 4 to 13 grams: mandatory minimum 3-year term of incarceration, maximum term of 30 years in prison, and a $50,000 fine
Weights Ranging from 14 to 27 grams: mandatory minimum 15-year term of incarceration, maximum term of 30 years in prison, and a $100,000 fine
Weights Ranging from 28 grams to 30 kilograms: mandatory minimum 25-year term of incarceration, maximum term of 30 years in prison, and a $500,000 fine
Weights Above 30 kilograms: mandatory term of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole
Contact Our Palm Beach County Heroin Trafficking Defense Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Florida vigorously prosecutes individuals accused of drug trafficking, imposing enormous fines and mandatory minimum prison sentences for defendants found guilty in these cases. Clearly, these charges require a carefully-constructed and fervently argued defense in order to achieve a desirable result. The lawyers at Arnesen Law challenge the State in cases like these throughout South Florida. Contact their offices today at 561-419-9630 to find the help you need to beat these charges. This reputable firm always provides free legal consultations.