Palm Beach Drug Possession Defense Attorney
Serving Palm Beach County ♦ Broward County ♦ Miami Dade County
The State of Florida has some of the harshest penalties in the United States for drug related crimes. Florida and especially South Florida due to their geographic locations are primary points for drug trafficking in the U.S. If you are facing charges for drug possession, drug trafficking or racketeering, contact Matthew Konecky, PA immediately. As an experienced Palm Beach drug possession defense attorney, I understand the laws and penalties associated with drug possession charges in the State of Florida. Each case is different; however, I will devise a solid defensive strategy based on the facts of your case and the tenants of the law. As a small law firm that specializes in criminal defense, I will provide personalized dedicated attention, prompt responses to phone calls, emails and inquiries and aggressively defend your case for the most favorable outcome possible.
Types of Drug Possession Cases We Defend
Drug possessions charges can result in either a felony or misdemeanor conviction based on the type and quantity of narcotics involved. Other factors that are taken into consideration are whether or not guns have been seized in conjunction with your arrest and whether or not you have any prior convictions and the seriousness of those convictions. For example were those prior convictions felony charges and are any of them violent felony charges. These considerations are another reason why you need an experienced and knowledgeable drug possession defense lawyer.
The Law Offices of Matthew Konecky, PA handles cases for all types of controlled substances:
- Marijuana (Cannabis)
- Opioids such as Heroin and Opium
- Stimulants: Amphetamines, Methamphetamines (Meth)
- Club Drugs: Ecstasy, Adam, Eve, Liquid Ecstasy, Rohypnol and others
- Other Synthetic drugs such as bath salts, K2, Spice
- Prescription Meds: Codeine, Morphine, OxyContin and others
- Hallucinogens: Mescaline (Mesc) and others
Penalties associated with the above controlled substances can vary greatly depending on type and quantities seized. In addition, we can assist you with additional charges that may be pressed against you such as possession with intent to distribute, possession with intent to sell, prescription drug fraud, drug manufacturing, possession of drug paraphernalia and gun possession. If convicted of these any of these charges you could be facing a mandatory prison sentence, severe fines or a very lengthy probation. Also in Florida if you are convicted of drug possession your driver’s license can be suspended for up to two years.
Aggressive Drug Possession Defense Strategy
If you are facing charges for drug possession or any other drug crime, as your drug possession defense attorney, I will examine all the facts of your case to determine the best strategy for your defense. I will aggressively contest the charges during the preliminary hearing, moving for dismissal.
If you are charged with drug possession there are typically two types of possession, actual possession and constructive possession. Actual possession is fairly straightforward, the drugs are found on your person, in your purse or backpack. The drugs are found in a place where you would normally have actual control. In the instance of constructive possession, the courts would need to prove that you knew about the existence of the narcotics, you had dominion and control over them (as you would if you had actual possession) and you knew that it was an illegal substance. A good example is police searching your car’s glove box and finding drugs.
Some of the typical defense tactics we can use to assist you are:
- Lack of Knowledge / Dominion & Control: If other people had access to where the drugs were found, did you know drugs were present? Who actually had possession or control of the narcotics?
- Illegal Search and Seizure: Did the possible have the right authority to search you, your home or your vehicle. Were you coerced into being searched? Did the police have a warrant? This is protection asserted to you under the Fourth Amendment.
- Overdose Defense: If you or the person you are with was overdosing and called for medical assistance.
- Probable Cause: Did the police have probable cause to arrest you?
In the event that any of these situations are present, we can have the evidence suppressed and ask for a dismissal of the charges against you. Should the case go to trial, we will put together the best possible defense for you. If probation is an option we will negotiate the best terms for you versus a prison sentence.
Remember conviction of drug possession or any drug related crime in the State of Florida will have serious long-term repercussions. You will have a permanent record which will affect your ability to get a job, pass background checks, rent a home and more. Don’t leave your future to chance. Even if it seems like there is a strong case against you, a good attorney can get have jail time greatly reduced or even eliminated.
Call now for a CONSULTATION. I can help you protect your rights, your life and your future. The consequences of a conviction can be very severe. Call us now at 561.671.5995 or 954.272.6187. We will work to get your charges dismissed or sentenced reduced and ensure you have the best defense possible.