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Orlando Cocaine Charges Lawyer

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Any offense in the state of Florida involving cocaine is serious, whether an individual is accused of cocaine possession or trafficking (possession of more than 28 grams). Cocaine charges can leave those who have been arrested or charged facing serious criminal penalties if found guilty, including jail/prison time. While no one wants to spend a considerable amount of time behind bars, the implications go much further; a conviction may negatively impact your reputation and career as well. At Adams & Luka, our Orlando cocaine possession lawyers know the serious consequences those charged with a cocaine offense face. It is our job to provide you with a vigorous legal defense, and the guidance necessary to reach a good outcome.

It is important to note that when you are charged with the possession of crack or powder cocaine, you do have options and are not automatically assumed guilty. Even more important is your decision to consult with a capable and skilled drug attorney who is devoted to fighting aggressively on your behalf. The level of skill and experience an attorney has fighting for those facing cocaine charges does make a difference, and could mean the difference between your freedom, and jail/prison time.

Cocaine Possession in Orlando: Less Than 28 grams vs. 28 grams or More

In the state of Florida, possessing any amount of cocaine up to 28 grams is considered a third-degree felony, even if the bag contains only residue. Anyone who is found to be in possession of 28 grams or more will face trafficking charges. Both are extremely serious crimes that put your freedom, career, and reputation at risk.

Spending time in jail or prison is something that every person naturally wants to avoid. However, a conviction is much more far-reaching than many people believe. If found guilty of cocaine possession, it could harm your financial and professional future, not to mention loss of a professional license. Finding employment becomes more difficult; you may lose certain civil rights, such as your right to vote. If you have been charged with possession of cocaine in Orlando or are under investigation, it is vital you seek legal counsel immediately.

Orlando Criminal Penalties for Cocaine Possession

We mentioned earlier that the amount of cocaine in question determines the charges; if 28 grams or more is involved, it becomes a trafficking charge, which means criminal penalties that are even harsher than those imposed for possession.

The criminal penalties you may face if convicted of cocaine possession include:

  • Maximum of five years in prison
  • Maximum of five years probation
  • Up to $5,000 in fines
  • Two year suspension of Florida driver's license

If you possess 28 grams or more, you will be charged with drug trafficking. The penalties an individual will incur if convicted will depend on the amount of cocaine possessed along with other factors. For example:

Possessing between 28 grams and 200 grams of cocaine will result in a fine of $50,000, along with a mandatory minimum prison term of three years. The more cocaine you possess, the harsher the penalties become. Any individual found guilty of possession of more than 150 kilograms of cocaine may potentially face life in prison.

Potential Defenses to Cocaine Charges in Orlando

While there are a variety of defense strategies an Orlando cocaine possession attorney may use to fight the charge against you, some of the most common include:

  • Lack of knowledge
  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Constructive possession

Constructive possession simply means that if the cocaine was located in a place where others in addition to you may have had access, the prosecutor must prove the elements of constructive possession. These elements include that you had control/dominion over the cocaine, and knew that the cocaine was present.

We will work with you to determine the most effective defense strategy, thoroughly analyzing your case in order to decide which legal options may be best for your particular situation.

Contact Adams & Luka Today for Outstanding Legal Guidance

At Adams & Luka, we understand the fear and uncertainty you are experiencing. Being charged with cocaine possession, or even being investigated, is a frightening experience that leaves your future and freedom in question. We will work hard to find every weakness in the prosecutor's case and thoroughly explore all of your legal options in order to reach positive results. Ultimately, our goal is to have charges dismissed, or receive an acquittal at trial. We are also very knowledgeable regarding diversion and other programs that may be to your advantage. Contact our Orlando cocaine charges defense attorneys now for a free consultation.

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I would like thank my attorney Thomas Luka. I knew from the beginning I had the right guy in my corner. While celebrating with family and friends at a Public Park in Seminole County, a fight broke out among various people. Myself, and a good friend, broke up the fight and the instigators left. Six months later, I was wrongly accused as the person who started the fight. The first attorney I hired could not even get a response from the State Attorney handling the case. Someone referred me to Tom and I felt comfortable at his demeanor and reactions.

After conversations with Tom, who knew I would settle for nothing less than a FULL DISMISSAL due to my innocence, I hired him. His firm of Adams and Luka did the due diligence by interviewing witnesses and the police who were on the scene, as well as starting a dialogue with the State Attorney. After gathering statements from witnesses, Tom was able to present a strong argument on my behalf to the State Attorney on why the case should be dismissed. If the State Attorney was not willing to dismiss the case, Tom was ready to take the case to trial.

The result by Thomas Luka: Case Dismissed.

I am 53 years old with a spotless record and glad to keep it that way thanks to the time, effort, hard work, and professionalism of the Adams and Luka and Tom Luka.

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Thomas Luka left a life-long great impression of lawyers. He was always professional, on time, and answered things honestly. From the start and during the 14 months it went on - Tom was very upfront and honest with me about the possible outcomes. The result was better than I had hoped for. Tom really over-delivered. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Marcela Giorgi
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