Arrested for Cocaine in Tampa?
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The penalties for selling or possessing powder cocaine can be severe, even in quantities much less than what would be required for a trafficking charge. These penalties can include a criminal conviction, jail or prison time, and the loss of a person's driving privilege. If you or someone you know has been arrested for a cocaine offense, it is crucial that you contact a drug crime defense attorney in Tampa without delay to provide the defense you need. It is a fact that defendants properly represented early in their case obtain the most favorable results.
Under state law, possession of 28 grams or less of cocaine is a 3rd degree felony which can result in 5 years of probation or prison and a $5,000 fine. Possession of more than 28 grams is considered trafficking with much harsher penalties. Possession of 28 to 200 grams requires a mandatory 3 year sentence and $50,000 fine. Possession of 200 to 400 grams increases the sentence to 7 years and a $100,000 fine. 400 grams to 150 kilos is a 15 year sentence with $250,000 fine. Over 150 kilos results in life imprisonment.
Cocaine Defense Lawyer in Tampa
Our legal team at The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger aggressively defends cocaine charges in courtrooms throughout Tampa Bay. We know that every case has unique circumstances and we adapt our strategies to achieve the best possible result for each client. We will make sure you understand how the criminal system works and all the available options to solve your case.
Defense of Cocaine Charges
We leave no stone unturned in investigating our client's case for viable defenses. We are particularly interested in violations of our client's constitutional rights. Where the police have made an illegal wiretap, search or seizure we will demand suppression of the evidence. We will do likewise if they abused our client's rights in obtaining a confession.
It is imperative that we begin your defense as soon as possible after your arrest. As a former state prosecutor, Attorney Tim Hessinger has found that by communicating with the prosecutor before the filing of formal charges, we can often influence the charging process to your advantage. We urge you to contact us immediately after the arrest so that our legal team can initiate the critical actions for the defense of your case.
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