What Are The Mandatory Minimum Sentences For Drug Trafficking?
Drug trafficking is one of the most serious drug charges you can face. Both state and federal law have their own sentencing requirements for trafficking. Sentencing will likely depend on what types of drugs are at issue and the amount. Other factors can also come into play. If law enforcement charges you with drug trafficking, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can fight for you in court.
At Mandell Law, our attorneys have over 25 years of legal experience in both state and federal court. We know the law. No matter where your case leads you, we will help you understand the legal aspects and defend your rights at every step. Our small size means we can provide you with personalized service and a criminal defense strategy tailored to your case.
State Mandatory Sentencing Requirements
Florida takes drug trafficking charges seriously as a first-degree felony. They can differ based on where the drug falls on the schedule of controlled substances and the weight of the drugs, but a first-time offense often starts at three years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. More serious offenses can carry a penalty of 25 years or even life in prison and fines up to $500,000. Florida is also cracking down on newer drugs, such as fentanyl.
With mandatory minimum requirements, the judge will have very little discretion in sentencing. A clean criminal record will only go so far when it comes to sentencing. We will fight for a dismissal, a reduction in charges or an acquittal, depending on the circumstances in your case.
Federal Sentencing Guidelines For Trafficking
Federal guidelines are similar to the state in that the type of drug and amount at issue will determine the penalty. The main difference is that federal judges do have leeway to adjust a sentence under the guidelines, either up or down. In addition, federal law has the same penalties for distribution, possession with intent to distribute and manufacturing. The highest scheduled drugs could result in a minimum of 10 years in prison, whereas lower scheduled drugs could result in a minimum of five years in prison. Many factors can enhance these penalties or allow for a downward departure.
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