Your Defense Against Drug Distribution Charges in Orlando
Many people who are charged with the sale and delivery of drugs are not what people you would typically consider to be drug dealers. They are college students, professionals, musicians and others who use drugs and share their drugs or medication with their friends. However, for giving a friend one of your prescription pain pills, you can face the same consequences as a dealer who sells crack cocaine on a street corner.
At The Bigney Law Firm in Orlando, Florida, our lawyers are dedicated to protecting your rights and your future if you have been charged with drug distribution. We offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case and explore defenses.
What is Sale and Delivery of Drugs?
You do not have to actually sell drugs to be charged with the sale and delivery of drugs. Giving or sharing drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), ecstasy, heroin, meth, OxyContin or Xanax to a friend is enough to put you behind bars.
The sale and delivery of drugs is a second-felony in Florida, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Even if you are given probation in a drug distribution case, you could lose your driver's license for two years and be tagged with a permanent criminal history.
Defenses in Sale and Delivery of Drug Cases
Sale and delivery cases often involve confidential informants. The confidential informant is usually someone who was arrested on a drug charge and gave your name to police in exchange for them getting a better deal on their case. Police may then use the confidential informant to set up a transaction.
Whenever a confidential informant is used, entrapment is a possible defense. Entrapment is getting someone to do something they were not otherwise predisposed to do. Interestingly, as long as it helps their case, the police consider their confidential informants to be extremely honest and credible even though the confidential informant is most often a convicted criminal who will do anything, even lie, just to get themselves out of a jam.
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Free Case Evaluation
If you face drug distribution charges, your best defense is to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney at the Bigney Law Firm, call 407-792-2923 any time of the day or night or fill out our contact form. For your convenience, our office is located in downtown Orlando, Florida, one block behind the courthouse. Se habla Español.