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Drug Charges

There is nothing minor about facing drug charges in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Drug crimes penalties can vary depending upon the offense itself, the type of drug and the amount involved. Depending on the case, a Florida drug crime conviction can result in life imprisonment. Cases involving non-violent first-time offenders may benefit from alternative sentencing in lieu of jail time. Defending any drug crime is serious and requires a thorough understanding of Florida case law and legislation. If you or someone you know have been charged with a drug crime, you need to consult with a knowledgeable attorney to protect your rights and help you avoid a conviction. I have extensive experience in handling drug crimes and will aggressively work toward a positive resolution to your legal matter.  I handle all drug cases, including:

  • Trafficking
  • Possession of Drugs
  • Sale of Drugs
  • Transportation
  • Under the Influence
  • Distribution
  • Cultivation
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