Drug-related offenses are often complex and they require an attorney with special experience to skillfully defend you and ensure the best possible outcome.
This is particularity true given the minimum mandatory imprisonment penalties required under the Florida trafficking laws, even to those individuals possessing certain quantities for personal use.
All of Florida, given its location to drug producing countries, is ground zero in our nation’s war upon drugs. Local and federal authorities, along with prosecutors spend enormous resources to arrest and prosecute people suspected of drug offenses. In many cases, those arrested on drug charges are at risk of the seizure of their personal property under both state and federal forfeiture laws. Joshua W. Deckard offers proven experience in the defense of person’s accused of state and federal drug offenses in Florida.
Florida has some of the harshest drug offense penalties in the nation. Even a seemingly minor offense, such as possessing 20 grams or less of marijuana is a first-degree misdemeanor, which can result in jail time up to one year, probation, a fine and even the loss of your driver’s license for one year.
Mr. Deckard successfully represents individuals facing serious felony drug charges in both state and federal courts regulating controlled substances. Typical drug charges successfully represented by Mr. Deckard include:
- Simple possession of marijuana or other controlled substances
- Possession with intent to sell, deliver or distribute
- Narcotics trafficking
- Manufacturing, growing and cultivation of marijuana
Additionally, Mr. Deckard’s criminal defense practice encompasses other wide-ranging circumstances, which may arise in the context of a narcotics prosecution to include:
- Money laundering
- Organized Crime
- RICO and Racketeering Violations
- Property Forfeiture/Asset Seizure
- Extradition issues
- Immigration and deportation difficulties
- Probation transfers
Florida courts often display a “zero tolerance” attitude toward drug offenders and many drug charges carry lengthy minimum mandatory prison sentences. Attorney Joshua W. Deckard is a former law enforcement narcotics investigator who knows the many shortcomings of the authorities in their narcotics investigations and their frequent violations of search and seizure laws. Mr. Deckard has extensive experience uncovering such weaknesses. The discoveries of law enforcement’s misconduct can lead to the dismissal of a case or have a benefit in plea negotiations. Mr. Deckard also understands how to prepare and present a strong case against drug charges in both state and federal courts.
If you have been arrested in Florida on state or federal drug charges, contact Joshua W. Deckard for a free consultation regarding the best options in your case. Let Mr. Deckard utilize his experience and expertise in your defense.
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