TAMPA LAWYER HELPING YOU FIGHT NARCOTICS CHARGES
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a powerful mood-altering drug that is produced in crystal form illegally and then turned into liquid to be distributed. On the street, it is often sold in window panes, microdots, capsules, or tiny absorbent paper squares and known as acid. People take acid to disconnect from reality for 12 or so hours, but many are not aware how serious drug trafficking charges are. If you are charged with LSD trafficking in Florida, you are subject to mandatory minimum sentences. At Hanlon Law, Tampa LSD trafficking lawyer Will Hanlon understands how serious the consequences of a conviction are, and he provides knowledgeable and aggressive legal representation to clients accused of drug trafficking.
You can be convicted of LSD trafficking if a prosecutor establishes that you knowingly were in actual or constructive possession of, sold, bought, manufactured, delivered, or brought into Florida one gram or more of LSD or any mixture containing lysergic acid diethylamide. Each of these elements must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, so a conviction is not assured. When retained, we look closely at the evidence to determine an appropriate defense strategy under the circumstances. Sometimes this includes attacking one or more elements, such as the requirement that your involvement was “knowing” or that you had any control or dominion over the drugs.
However, if you are convicted, the judge must sentence you to the mandatory minimum sentence based on the weight of the LSD. This is important because in most cases, the judge will have no discretion to depart downward from the mandatory minimum for a particular weight. As a result, consulting an LSD trafficking attorney in Tampa is a critical step to take to protect your rights.
MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES
|Amount of LSD||Imprisonment||Fine|
|1-5 grams||3 year minimum||$50,000|
|5-7 grams||7 year minimum||$100,000|
|7 grams or more||15 calendar year minimum||$500,00A|
If you knowingly make or import into Florida seven grams or more of LSD or a mixture containing lysergic acid diethylamide, and you know that the probable result of making it or importing it would be the death of any person, you can be convicted of a capital felony. Capital felonies can be punished by life imprisonment without parole or by death. People who are sentenced for a capital felony of manufacturing or importing a certain amount of LSD can also be sentenced to pay the maximum fine.
It can be distressing to realize that you are being investigated for or charged with LSD trafficking. Many people in Florida associate “drug trafficking” with a large operation, but the size of the operation is not what is important. Instead, the critical issue is the weight.
Unless the drugs were found directly on you, in many cases, only circumstantial evidence is available for a prosecutor to build a case. Sometimes there are constitutional violations that would allow us to attack the way that the evidence was obtained. For example, law enforcement officers must follow certain procedures in order to abide by your Fourth Amendment rights. They cannot make a traffic stop without a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed, is being committed, or will be committed. The reasonable suspicion must be something more than a hunch — it must involve facts that can be articulated. Law enforcement officers need probable cause to search, and usually they need a warrant to search a property. Thus, if the police searched without probable cause, it may be possible to bring a motion to suppress the acid that was found on the property.
DISCUSS YOUR CASE WITH AN LSD TRAFFICKING LAWYER IN TAMPA
A conviction for LSD trafficking can have devastating consequences. You should seek representation from an experienced and knowledgeable drug crime attorney if you are accused or charged. At Hanlon Law, we are committed to defending the rights of the accused and provide personalized attention to our clients’ cases. Mr. Hanlon, our principal, has represented criminal defendants since 1994 and is familiar with all criminal defense strategies. Call Hanlon Law at 813-228-7095 or submit our online form for an appointment with a Tampa LSD trafficking attorney.