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If you or a loved one has been accused of a state or federal drug crime, the consequences can be severe. Even a conviction on a small amount of drugs can impact your family, your reputation, and your employment – and even cause you to lose your driver’s license. It is important to obtain legal guidance from an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Drug crimes are those that involve the use, sale, or possession of any illegal drug. Florida is popular as a “drug trafficking” state due to its proximity to drug-producing countries and its large border of international waters. Because there is a high volume of drug crimes taking place in this state, the laws regarding drug offenses here are strict, and offenders are aggressively prosecuted.

Drug related offenses include:

  • Possession
  • Possession with intent to sell or distribute
  • Trafficking of controlled substances (ex. cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, prescription pills, heroin)
  • Manufacturing a narcotic
  • Cultivation / Growth
  • Money laundering

Punishment for these offenses depends on the type of drug, the amount of the drug(s) involved, what you are doing with the drug (using, trafficking) and where you are with the drug (such as near a school). It also depends on whether you have had any prior offenses (repeat offender or career offender). Federal Sentencing Guidelines have even harsher penalties and can get very complicated. See our Federal Crimes page for more information.

It is extremely important for those accused of state or federal drug crimes to understand their situation and the laws that apply. When facing state or federal drug charges you need an attorney who has experience dealing with state and federal prosecutors, DEA and FBI agents. Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer L. D. Murrell extensively investigates every aspect of the alleged drug crime, and is thoroughly knowledgeable about all applicable drug laws. He is a veteran criminal defense attorney with an established reputation for his courtroom abilities and outstanding commitment to his clients. He understands that early attorney involvement, thorough information gathering, and securing evidence are essential to building a strong case.

“You have constitutional legal rights. If the prosecution has unlawfully obtained evidence, your case could possibly be dismissed.”

If you or a family member has been accused of a drug crime and needs an experienced Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer to make sure that your Fourth Amendment (search and seizure) and Fifth Amendment rights (self-incrimination) were not violated, contact the law firm of L. D. Murrell, PA. We can discuss our method for building a strategic defense.

L. D. Murrell, P.A. serves all of Florida including the following counties: Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee County, and handles both state and federal criminal matters.


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