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Possession with Intent to Sell Hydrocodone Oxycodone Attorney in Tavares, FL

In Tavares and Lake County, FL, what offense is charged in regards to a drug crime is often dependent upon the amount of drug a person has in his or her possession more than any other factor.  If you have been charged with possession with intent to sell hydrocodone or oxycodone, you face serious consequences if convicted including possible loss of your freedom.  At Adams & Luka, our criminal attorneys in Lake County, FL work vigorously to protect your legal rights and freedom.  If you have been arrested or are under investigation, you must take action immediately to protect your future and freedom.

Essentially, a possession with intent to sell charge is more serious than possession, but less serious than drug trafficking. 

Possession vs. Selling Hydrocodone or Oxycodone in Florida

A person must have a valid prescription to even possess one of these prescription controlled substances; without it, possession is a crime.  However possessing hydrocodone or oxycodone with intent to sell or distribute these drugs is a felony, and the punishment far more harsh than for simple possession.  If you are found in possession of either of these substances by law enforcement but not in the act of selling or distributing the drug at the time, prosecutors must prove the element of intent - in other words, it must be proven that you intended to sell or distribute the drug.  

If you were not in the act of selling hydrocodone or oxycodone at the time of your arrest, why would you be charged with possession with intent to sell?  There are several circumstances that may result in police and prosecutors deciding on this charge, including:

1. The amount of drug in your possession was greater than what would be considered normal for personal use,
2. Paraphernalia or drug packaging materials were discovered that indicate you were selling,
3. Large amounts of cash were found which often indicate drug sales

Regardless of your circumstances, it is critical to consult with a skilled possession with intent to sell hydrocodone or oxycodone attorney in Tavares.  Depending on the facts of your case it may be possible to have charges dismissed, reduced, or to seek out other legal options such as drug court or diversion programs.

Penalties for Possession of Oxycodone/Hydrocodone with Intent to Sell

Schedule I and II drugs are the most serious and include not only oxycodone and hydrocodone but heroin, cocaine, MDMA, and other substances.  Those accused of possession with intent to sell these controlled substances will likely face second-degree felony charges.  If found guilty, the punishment you may face includes:

1. A maximum of fifteen (15) years in prison
2. $10,000 fine

It is important to note those accused may face enhanced charges (and increased penalties) if the crime is committed within 1,000 feet of specific locations including a daycare facility or school, park, community center, public housing facility, private or public university or college, publicly owned recreational facility, and more.  Enhanced charges may result in a 30-year prison term for those convicted.

In addition to the above criminal penalties those found guilty will have a criminal record, face driver's license suspension, and other consequences.

Contact Adams & Luka Now

As you can see, the penalties for possession with intent to sell hydrocodone or oxycodone are extremely serious.  At Adams & Luka, our Tavares criminal defense lawyers are prepared to mount a vigorous defense on your behalf, and explore all potential legal options.  We will work aggressively to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.  Contact our firm immediately 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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