Daytona Beach Drug Crime Attorney
Tailored Defense Solutions in Daytona Beach & DeLand
If you have been arrested and charged with a drug-related crime, it is important you seek legal representation to protect your rights as soon as possible. You could be facing harsh penalties, including incarceration, fines, court costs, and probation. A conviction may also mean a permanent criminal record which can affect your ability to obtain employment, housing, and other opportunities in the future.
Thompson Law, P.A. is dedicated to safeguarding your rights by leveraging our knowledge, reputation, and experience as a former prosecutor to help you. Our Daytona Beach drug crime defense attorney knows that good people get caught up in bad situations and we believe in our clients. That is why we will always work hard to seek reduced or dismissed charges, based on the circumstances of your case.
Misdemeanor & Felony Drug Charges
Law enforcement officials are especially vigilant in making arrests for drug crimes, and if you are found possessing, selling, manufacturing, and/or trafficking a controlled substance, you face a number of potential consequences. There is some variance on these penalties, however, depending on the circumstances of your arrest, the amount and type of drug found in your possession, and other mitigating factors like your prior criminal history and whether a weapon or other crime was involved in the arrest. All of these factors can influence whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony.
These charges involve:
- Misdemeanors – Though all drug crimes are harshly punished in the State of Florida, misdemeanor drug convictions are generally less severe than felonies. They include up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000 for a first offense without mitigating factors.
- Felonies - These serious crimes also have more serious penalties. Examples of felonies include possessing drugs with the intent to sell, possessing drugs near a school, distributing or selling drugs to minors, and trafficking drugs over state lines. These offenses can carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years and a $10,000 fine. A serious drug trafficking conviction can even come with a life sentence and up to $500,000 in fines.
Investigating the Circumstances of Your Arrest
Evidence is always of top priority in all drug-related cases. However, it is also crucial to understand how that supposed evidence was obtained. Sometimes, an arresting officer can be overzealous, and forego the law in their eagerness to make an arrest. This can include illegal search and seizures, improper evidence or evidence tampering, a lack of a proper warrant, and other procedural lapses. Alternatively, many defendants get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time but are forced to suffer the blame.
Thompson Law, P.A. can defend you against many drug-related charges, including:
- Possessing drugs
- Possessing paraphernalia used to take drugs
- Distributing or trafficking controlled substances
- Manufacturing, cultivating, or growing controlled substances, including cannabis
- Possessing prescription drugs without a valid prescription
- Possessing controlled substances or prescription drugs with the intent to sell
- Illegally using a controlled substance
Controlled substances include a number of illegal drugs and prescription medications, such as heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, methamphetamines, recreational and medical marijuana, PCP, and all of their derivatives.
Personalized Defense Strategies to Fight Your Charges
When it comes to drug crime accusations in Florida, you deserve to have an attorney who is committed to your case and puts your needs first. Our drug crime lawyer in Daytona Beach is dedicated to minimizing the penalties you are facing by creating a compelling and persuasive defense on your behalf.
Client was texting a friend when her significant other tried to grab for her phone. When the client tried to pull away, the victim claimed that he was battered and the client was arrested and brought before DCF due a child being in the house. Attorney Matt Thompson wrote a letter to the State explaining the discrepancy in evidence and claimed that the client was in fact moving away from the victim and did not intentionally try to hit the victim. All charges against the client were dismissed.
Sale and Possession of Heroin
Defendant entered a treatment facility while case was pending. Attorney Thompson provided progress reports of all of her progress during her stay to show improvement. State agreed to amend all charges to simple possession and the Defendant was sentenced into Drug Court.
Aggravated Assault with a Firearm
Client was accused of shooting a shotgun over the head of two minors. Attorney Thompson did a public records request to discover that officers reported to the scene of the crime the night of the incident and spoke to the victims on the evening the alleged crime occurred and believed the victims to be intoxicated and unreliable. Attorney Thompson conducted depositions of the officers and ultimately all charges were reduced to a misdemeanor and no incarceration.
Grand Theft, Fleeing, Possession of a Fictitious Driver’s License
Attorney Matt Thompson, through depositions and litigation was able to show that officers did not act according to the warrant by picking up the client immediately upon sight. The charge of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, which carries a mandatory felony conviction, was dismissed by the State and the client was offered probation and no felony conviction.
Sexual Battery & Domestic Battery
Mr. Thompson took depositions of the victim showing that the victim was not truthful with police when she provided her statement as to what happened. Confronted victim with social media posts, bank records, and telephone records to show that she was not in the places that she stated she was during the time the alleged crime took place. Case 1 was dismissed and the Defendant pled to Case 2 and received two (2) years of prison and credit for fifteen (15) months in prison.
Over 15 Years of ExperienceThere's no substitute for experience. When faced with a serious crime, you need an attorney who has successfully handled numerous cases like yours.
Aggressive Trial AttorneyMatt Thompson is a skilled trial attorney and has achieved many positive jury verdicts. If your case goes to trial, you can be confident that Matt is equipped to represent you.
High-Quality Legal RepresentationAt Thompson Law, P.A., every client matters. This means that your case will receive the personal attention and care it deserves.
Criminal Defense Is All We DoBecause our firm only focuses on criminal defense matters, you can trust our team has the specific knowledge needed to handle you case successfully.