Drug and Alcohol Offenses

There is simply no such thing as a minor drug crime in Martin and St. Lucie Counties, at least not where most police, prosecutors, and politicians are concerned. Any kind of drug or narcotics conviction makes it difficult to pass a background check for employment or even a simple apartment rental lease. A relatively minor charge could cost you your driver's license for several months.

Sometimes those accused of drug-related crimes can face charges that are disproportionate to the actual facts and physical evidence. If you speak to an authority without an attorney present, here are the risks:

  1. You may answer questions incorrectly, due to a sincere lapse in memory.
  2. You and the officer may miscommunicate during your initial exchange.
  3. The officer may misrepresent your answers.

I have experience handling drug possession and other narcotic and alcohol-related cases, and can represent your defense against charges involving prescription drug abuse, crystal meth and methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy.

Common drug crimes:

Drug possession: The possession of small amounts of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, methamphetamine or any other controlled substances.

Drug trafficking: The possession, sale, or other distribution of controlled substances or illegal drugs in large quantities.

Drug cultivation or manufacturing:  Illegally cultivating marijuana for personal use or with the intent to sell, or producing illegal drugs with chemicals, equipments, or “labs,” (such as ecstasy or methamphetamine).

Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs and Prescription Fraud

Given the addictive nature of most prescription pain relievers, opiates, tranquilizers, and antidepressants, usage that begins as on a legitimate prescription can balloon to an illegal habit almost overnight. Don’t let a temporary setback become a permanent legal problem. If you or someone close to you is facing prescription or other drug charges, I can help you get through this difficult process.

Many people in this situation plead to lesser charges, because they carry smaller penalties. But by entering a plea, you could spend the rest of your life explaining just why you have a criminal record. If you have a valid defense, but choose to plead, you’re throwing away your chances of a far better outcome. Our attorneys have the skill to argue all possible defenses. We will fight to get the all charges against you dismissed.

Only a fearless, knowledgeable attorney can deal with authorities and effectively defend you against criminal drug charges. If you are accused of a federal or state drug or alcohol-related crime, you must contact my office as early as possible. Early intervention makes a big difference in these kinds of cases.

The U.S. legal system is constantly evaluating and revising it’s methods of handling alcohol or narcotic-related charges. By providing an options that include substance abuse treatment and ongoing counseling, the justice system is attempting to rehabilitate those with drug problems in hopes of reducing the number of repeat offenses. Call my office at 772-288-1880 to discuss your options. No matter what, I am fully prepared to vigorously and defend you in a court of law.