Morphine Possession (30 Kg or More)

Tampa Lawyer Helping Defendants Fight Serious Drug Charges

Morphine, opium, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and their derivatives are highly addictive substances that can be used lawfully to provide pain relief with a valid prescription. However, they are also used recreationally, and they are highly addictive. If you are charged with possession of 30 kg or more of morphine, opium, oxycodone, hydromorphone, or any of their derivatives, you should be aware that these are serious charges that can result in life imprisonment, and you should promptly consult a drug crime attorney. At Hanlon Law, Tampa morphine possession lawyer Will Hanlon understands how important this matter is, and he provides aggressive and experienced legal representation to pursue a favorable result.

Possession of 30 Kg or More of Morphine or Other Related Drugs

Possession of 30 kg or more of morphine, opium, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, or any derivative is drug trafficking that is charged as a felony in the first degree. You can be charged if you knowingly sell, buy, deliver, bring into the state of Florida, or manufacture 30 kg or more of any of these drugs, including heroin or a salt, derivative, isomer, or salt of an isomer of any of these, or a mixture containing these substances.

A conviction of possessing 30 kg or more is punishable by life imprisonment. You will not be eligible for any type of discretionary release, with the exceptions of a pardon, executive clemency, or a conditional medical release as set forth in section 947.149. You are only eligible for consideration for a conditional medical release if you have an existing medical or physical condition that is permanently incapacitating or that makes you terminally ill while you are an inmate. Since the penalties are so severe, you should consult a morphine possession attorney in the Tampa area as soon as you suspect that you may be investigated or charged.

The consequences are even more dire if your trafficking in illegal drugs resulted in death because you intentionally killed someone or caused their death, or if you acted in such a way that led to a natural but not inevitable lethal result. For example, if you were involved in drug trafficking and distributed more than 30 kg to someone who suffered an overdose and died, you can be convicted for the capital felony of trafficking in illegal drugs. This is punishable as set forth in section 921.141 or section 775.082. The application of these laws can result in a sentence of life imprisonment with no eligibility for parole or even punishment by death. You will also be sentenced to pay the maximum fine if you are convicted.

It can be frightening to be accused of such a serious crime, but it is important to talk to a criminal defense attorney as soon as you realize that you are being investigated. There may be defenses available to you, but sometimes people assume that what they have done is not very serious or try to provide a denial or explanation to make the problem go away. Often, this can make a situation worse.

You have constitutional rights under the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments that are very important. For example, you have the right to be free from an illegal search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. The rules related to searches and seizures are complex, but if we can show that your constitutional or procedural rights were violated in connection with a police investigation, we may be able to file a motion to suppress the evidence.

The prosecution must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, and there is an important pre-filing period during which an experienced attorney can have some influence on your case. Moreover, casting even a modest degree of doubt on any of the elements can be enough to cause a prosecutor to charge a lesser offense or dismiss the case. Other defenses that may be available include entrapment, substantial assistance, or a valid prescription.

Consult an Experienced Morphine Possession Lawyer in Tampa or Surrounding Cities

In Florida, the possession of 30 kg or more of morphine, opium, oxycodone, hydromorphone, or their derivatives carries enormous penalties. However, convictions are not inevitable. Our founder, morphine trafficking lawyer Will Hanlon, is committed to defending the rights of the accused and has represented criminal defendants since 1994. The earlier that we get involved, the greater is the likelihood that we may influence the outcome. Call Hanlon Law at 813-228-7095 or use our online form to set up an appointment with a Tampa morphine possession attorney.