Drug Charges Defense

Drug dealer taking money

Unique geography makes it an especially attractive location for the transportation of illegal drugs. Perhaps because of this, Florida has some of the most stringent drug laws in the United States, especially when dealing with those individuals operating grow houses, trafficking in narcotics or selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school or church.

And, it doesn’t look like things will be changing any time soon. Florida Governor Charlie Crist is opposing alternatives to incarceration for non-violent drug crimes, particularly simple possession. In light of this, it becomes very clear that if charged with possession, the need for aggressive, effective legal defense is of the utmost importance. The experienced South Florida drug trafficking attorneys at Attorneys, have years of experience in successfully defending such cases in Broward County.

Arrest Statistics

Florida reported 159,916 drug-related arrests in 2008. In drug arrests by county the same year, Broward County placed second in the number of drug arrests, with 16,750, second only to Miami-Dade County, with 27,547. In terms of percentage, Broward County had almost 10.5% of all drug arrests for the entire state.

Drug Crimes Defined

Drug crimes are broken down in to several categories, and penalties vary, depending on the amount and type of substance:

    • Possession: Having drugs on your person or your property, in an amount suggesting personal use.
    • Possession with intent to distribute: Having drugs on your person or property, in an amount and/or packaged in a manner that indicates intent to sell or distribute.

Drug dealer taking money

  • Conspiracy: Verbal or written agreement to transfer drugs. A simple one-time drug sale can be considered conspiracy.
  • Trafficking: Distribution of an amount exceeding the maximum for possession with intent to distribute.
  • Prescription drug fraud: The illegal acquisition, possession or distribution of prescription drugs for personal use or profit.

Drug Charges Defense

If you have been charged with any drug law violation, or believe you will be, it’s important to get competent, experienced legal representation. The experienced South Florida drug trafficking attorneys, have extensive experience in representing and defending drug arrest clients. As former prosecutors, we understand the intricacies of drug arrest cases from both sides. Their unique experience will provide the accused with the strongest legal representation possible.

Money Laundering Defense

Money Laundering Defense

Money laundering has become the focus of stringent new laws in this country. The President of the United States was required to create a confidential strategy for dealing with money laundering crimes, according to federal law.  The state of Florida also has laws regarding money laundering. Florida’s Southern District federal court handled the most money laundering cases of any court in the United States during 2001.

If you or a loved one has been arrested or is under investigation for money laundering, contact Broward County money laundering attorneys as soon as possible. They have the experience you need to thoroughly investigate your case and provide options to protect your legal rights.

Money Laundering Defense

Money laundering is an attempt to disguise money coming from an illegal source. This money is transferred through a number of legal sources to hide where it came from. Most money laundering cases involve individuals, but a rare few involve organizations or groups. The sole purpose of money laundering is to blur or erase the true source of the funds, which makes it difficult for authorities to track down. However, legal money transfers can also be subject to investigation, depending on the type. If you are facing charges, Broward County money laundering lawyers have the knowledge to prepare a legal defense and negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf.

Cases involving charges of money laundering can be extremely complex because several different law enforcement agencies may be involved. These may include:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • U.S. Customs
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Other state and local law enforcement agencies

The consequences of a money laundering conviction

Money Laundering Defense

The penalties for a federal money laundering conviction can include:

  • Prison term of up to 20 years
  • Fines of up to $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved.
  • Confiscation of the value of the assets or funds involved by further criminal or civil actions

A conviction for money laundering can have a severe impact on your life and future. Besides the possibility of a prison sentence and fines, the resulting criminal record may have an impact on your life for years to come. It can be more difficult to find a job, obtain a loan or find housing when you have a criminal record. If you or a loved one is facing charges of money laundering, contact a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Money laundering attorneys in Broward County, including the cities of Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pompano may be able to help you avoid charges or negotiate a lesser charge. They will prepare the best possible defense based on the facts of your case and protect your rights.