​Drug Charges – West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are facing drug charges in Florida, you may be wondering why you need to hire a criminal defense lawyer. The court will assign you a public defender, but public defenders are often overworked. They may not have the time necessary to concentrate on your case and provide you with the dedicated legal defense you deserve.

Your strong legal defense starts when you hire attorney Mark Solomon, P.A. He has a proven track record of fighting hard on behalf of clients who have been charged with drug crimes in Florida. He understands Florida laws and has decades of experience successfully navigating Florida criminal courts on behalf of his clients. When you work with attorney Mark Solomon, he will advocate for your freedom.

Mark Solomon, Criminal Defense Lawyer

Attorney Mark Solomon

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When Should You Hire a Florida Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer?
We recommend hiring a drug crimes defense lawyer as soon as possible in your case. People often wait until they have already been arrested before they seek help from a criminal defense lawyer. As soon as the police began investigating you or questioning you about a drug crime, consider yourself a suspect. It is best to assume that they intend to bring criminal charges against you and begin protecting yourself by speaking with a defense lawyer.

Police officers often act friendly. Keep in mind that anything you say to police officers can be used against you in court. Even if you have not admitted fault, you could say something that prosecutors twist and turn into something you did not intend to say. The sooner you seek out the help of an experienced Florida drug crimes lawyer, the better off you will be. Attorney Mark Solomon will defend you at all stages of the investigation, holding police officers and prosecutors accountable and protecting your constitutional rights.

Types of Florida Drug Charges 
Attorney Mark Solomon has handled many different types of drug crime charges. He has an in-depth understanding of how prosecutors approach their cases and uses this knowledge when creating defenses for his clients. Prosecutors need to prove every single element of the specific drug crime they are bringing. Attorney Mark Solomon knows how to present evidence to hold prosecutors accountable and not let them charge clients. He has successfully gotten the following types of criminal charges dismissed:

  • Cocaine possession
  • MDMA possession
  • Fentanyl possession
  • Heroin possession
  • Marijuana/Cannabis Possession
  • Conspiracy to traffic drugs
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Possession with intent to deliver or sell
  • Cocaine trafficking
  • Cannabis trafficking
  • Heroin trafficking
  • Methamphetamine trafficking
  • Prescription drug charges

Facing Drug Trafficking Charges in Florida
Drug trafficking is a serious crime in Florida. The crime of drug trafficking involves the intentional sale, possession with the intent to sell, manufacture, purchase, or importation of illegal substances above a specific amount. In other words, drug trafficking charges are based on the amount of illegal drugs in a person’s possession. For example, if you are found to be selling, cultivating, or delivering over 25 lb of marijuana or 28 grams of cocaine, you will face drug trafficking charges. These types of drug trafficking charges carry a prison sentence of at least three years and a fine of up to $25,000.

Prosecutors do not need to prove that you planned on selling the drugs to charge you with drug trafficking. Under Florida law, if you possess over 25 marijuana plants, prosecutors have prima facie evidence that you intended to traffic the drugs. Simply having that amount of drugs in your possession is enough for a prosecutor to convict you. Those convicted of drug trafficking 25 or more marijuana plants face second-degree felony charges punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 15 years in jail. The penalties for cocaine trafficking are even more severe.

Mark Solomon Will Conduct an In-Depth Investigation of Your Case
An effective legal defense begins with an in-depth investigation. Attorney Mark Solomon will begin investigating your case as soon as possible. If necessary, he will hire a private investigator to evaluate the police officer’s tactics in your case. He will also evaluate how police officers gathered the evidence they are using against you. In many cases, law enforcement officers collect evidence illegally or unconstitutionally. Asking the court to throw out evidence gained illegally is one of the best ways to get your case dismissed. We will also seek out witness testimony that may contradict the police officer’s version of how and why the search was conducted.

Florida Drug Court
Depending on your specific charges and situation, you may qualify to go through the drug court program. The drug court program is an alternative to prison. If you have been charged with possession of cocaine or another illegal substance, agreeing to go to drug court could be your best option. After you complete all of the requirements through drug court, the court will dismiss your criminal charges, and you will have a clean record. Not everyone is eligible to go through drug court, and attorney Mark Solomon can discuss your legal options with you.

Challenging Brutal Police Tactics
If police officers were engaged in brutality or other aggressive actions that were not justified, you made be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to request that the court dismiss your case because law enforcement gathered evidence illegally.

Pretrial Diversion
If you are a first-time drug offender in Florida and you need other stringent criteria, you may be entitled to enter a pretrial diversion program. You will serve between 10 to 24 hours of community service sure. You will also need to submit to random drug testing. After you successfully finish this program, the court will dismiss your criminal charges.