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Drug trafficking in cocaine is an extremely serious offense in the state of Florida; those convicted will face serious and possibly life-changing consequences. At the very least, there are mandatory minimum prison sentences imposed, along with substantial fines. Florida Statute 893.135(1)(b) defines the crime of trafficking in cocaine as an individual knowingly possessing, selling, purchasing, delivering, manufacturing, or transporting cocaine (including any mixture containing cocaine) in amounts of 28 grams or more. If you have been arrested or are under investigation, it is critical to consult with an experienced Orlando drug crimes attorney at Adams & Luka right away.

Under Florida's Criminal Punishment Code, trafficking in cocaine is assigned a severity ranking of level 8 or level 9, depending on the amount of the drug involved; this is also considered a first degree felony offense. The consequences of a conviction can be extremely damaging, not only to your freedom but professional and personal life. However, there are potential defenses that may be effective which we will discuss later.

Trafficking in Cocaine - Penalties in Florida The penalties an individual may face if found guilty of trafficking in cocaine depend on a number of factors, including the amount of the drug involved. Penalties include:
  • 28 to 199 grams - Mandatory minimum prison term of three (3) years, maximum sentence of 30 years in prison along with a fine of $50,000.

  • 200 grams to 399 grams - Mandatory minimum prison term of seven (7) years, maximum sentence of 30 years in prison along with a fine of $100,000.

  • 400 grams to 149 kilograms - Mandatory minimum prison term of 15 years, maximum sentence of 30 years in prison along with a fine of $250,000.

Additionally, those convicted will have their driver's license suspended for one year.

Possible Defenses When Charged with Trafficking Cocaine

Being charged with a drug crime or any criminal offense does not mean you will be found guilty. A seasoned criminal defense attorney will work with you to determine the best defense strategy in your particular case. Some of the defenses that may be effective when facing cocaine trafficking charges include:

  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Entrapment
  • Insufficient evidence
  • Substantial assistance

Police often perform illegal search and seizure; in addition, entrapment is often an effective defense when law enforcement officials use deceitful tactics to entice a person into committing a crime he or she would not otherwise normally have committed. The evidence presented by prosecutors may be insufficient for jurors to find you guilty, as you must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Regardless, it is essential to work with an experienced, capable attorney who will fight vigorously to secure the best possible results in your case.

Contact Our Orlando Criminal Defense Firm Today

Drug trafficking in cocaine is a very serious matter that puts your freedom, future, career, reputation, and family relationships at risk. If you have been charged with this drug crime or are under investigation, take action now. Contact the Orlando drug crime lawyers at Adams & Luka for a free consultation.

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