Although drug penalties are significant in Florida, people will still get involved in their sale at various levels. That could be as a lower level drug dealer, a middleman or a person who is handling drug trafficking. Law enforcement will seek out people who they believe to be behaving in ways consistent with drug involvement, make a traffic stop and arrest them on drug offenses. There are serious consequences for a drug conviction, especially if there are large quantities and other offenses along with the drug charges. Those placed under arrest must have legal help from the beginning.
A 31-year-old man was arrested in Sarasota after a traffic stop. He was driving. The incident happened in the late evening when officers stopped the vehicle. They stated they smelled marijuana emanating from the car and saw a marijuana cigarette inside. The man exited the vehicle and tried to flee. He was caught and arrested. There were two others in the vehicle. They too exited after being told they should remain inside. A 26-year-old woman was charged with resisting arrest. It is a misdemeanor because it was done without violence. In the vehicle, the officers found a firearm and ammunition. Since the man is a convicted felon, this is another felony. In addition, there was cocaine, MDMA, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He is also charged with resisting without violence.
Lodging a defense against drug offenses might seem difficult, especially if it is a convicted felon who is facing the charges, but that does not mean that a defense should be ignored. There are many ways to try and deal with these allegations. Perhaps the drugs belonged to another person in the vehicle or there are plea bargain alternatives available. With drugs like cocaine and MDMA (also called ecstasy or Molly), the penalties can be harsh especially if there was a substantial amount. To avoid the worst penalties, legal help is crucial.
A convicted felon was arrested after a traffic stop in which drugs, a weapon and ammunition were found. Given the hefty penalties he will face if he is convicted, his first step to crafting a defense is having a lawyer on his side. Calling a law firm that has helped others with defending against drug crimes should be foremost in his mind to prepare for the case.