What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
“The Legislature finds that knowledge of the illicit nature of a controlled substance is not an element of any offense under this chapter. Lack of knowledge of the illicit nature of a controlled substance is an affirmative defense to the offenses of this chapter.” – F.S. § 893.101
How a Satellite Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help
Drug cases in Florida cover a wide range of offenses, from simple misdemeanor or felony possession all the way up to trafficking. These cases can also have a bewildering array of options available, including pretrial diversion or intervention, pre- or post-plea drug court, motions to suppress or dismiss, plea agreements, and of course, trial. Some cases, such as trafficking cases, trigger mandatory minimum sentences that can raise the stakes for the defendant. There are frequently collateral consequences that must be considered, as well, such as driver’s license suspensions or professional license suspensions.
If you are arrested and charged with a drug offense, and are convicted or plea to the charge, it is very likely that you will be placed on some kind of probation (with or without jail or prison time as well). One of the standard conditions of probation is that you not use or possess illegal substances (or drugs that are not prescribed for you) and random drug testing. Probation is essentially conditional freedom – you are given your freedom on condition that you comply with all of the requirements imposed by the court. Thus, if you are addicted to drugs, you may find it extremely difficult to comply with the terms of your probation if your addiction has not been treated. In that situation, probation may amount to simply a delayed jail or prison sentence (after a violation of probation). However, some people feel pressure to accept a plea offer to probation, simply because it seems like the easiest way out of a bad situation. Depending on your particular circumstances, it may well be in your best interest to strongly consider other options, such as a motion to suppress or trial, rather than to accept a plea to probation that you may not be able to live up to.
Of course, every person’s case is different. The very best way to determine what YOU should do with YOUR case is to have a long, detailed, personal conversation with a knowledgable and experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiar with you and all the facts of your case.
About Attorney Ruth Singer
Attorney Singer holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida. She also holds a J.D. from Florida A&M University College of Law, where she graduated at the top of her class. Attorney Singer clerked for an administrative law judge in the Drug Enforcement Administration in Arlington, VA, and worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Orlando, FL, before entering private practice. She is also admitted to practice in Oklahoma.
Attorney Singer is a dedicated and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, with experience representing clients at both the trial and appellate levels. She has experience defending criminal cases through pretrial discovery, motions to suppress and dismiss, and at trial. As a former public defender, Attorney Singer strongly believes that the state must be held to its very high burden of proof. Attorney Singer aims to provide compassionate, client-focused legal representation and high-quality counsel that is accessible, affordable, and practical when it matters most.
Learn more about how The Singer Firm can help protect your future by scheduling a free consultation now at 321-804-3266.