When most people think of drug trafficking, they often turn to the popular movie narrative: a drug “kingpin” trafficking large quantities of narcotics. The truth is that one may be charged with trafficking simply for possessing a small amount of a drug. A conviction for such an offense will often include fines, incarceration, and a permanent criminal record. Unfortunately, these penalties may also result in difficulty obtaining employment or housing and the inability to carry a firearm. Because of the magnitude of these consequences, it is crucial that you contact a lawyer immediately. Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City, Florida criminal defense attorney handling such matters. Contact our office today if you need assistance.
Panama City Lawyer defending those charged with trafficking narcotics or controlled substances
The state of Florida prohibits the sale, manufacture, or possession of a narcotic or controlled substance. However, depending on the type and amount of the drug in question, possession alone may lead to drug trafficking charges. Such charges often involve substances including cannabis (marijuana), methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, etc. Trafficking will be charged as a first degree felony and, depending on the amount and type of drug involved, a defendant may face anywhere from three years in prison to life without the possibility of parole. A defendant may also face charges for additional offenses, such as illegally possessing a firearm while trafficking drugs. Under some circumstances an accused may also face federal criminal charges.
Drug trafficking cases begin with a judge finding probable cause that an offense occurred. The accused will enter a plea of “not guilty” and trial will be set within 175 days under our speedy trial laws. Matters involving the trafficking of controlled substances often hinge on whether the police found the drugs through a violation of the defendant’s constitutional rights. If such a violation occurred then it may be possible to have the drugs excluded from evidence. Such exclusion, depending on the circumstances, can lead to a dismissal of the charges. If a dismissal cannot be obtained then the matter will proceed to trial and a jury will decide the issue of guilt or innocence. It will be the prosecution’s burden that the accused knowingly possessed/intended to distribute the narcotics. Litigating such matters involves several complicated issues and it is crucial to retain an experienced attorney.
Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City criminal defense lawyer who handles drug trafficking charges. He will then use your initial consultation to hear your side of the story and advise you on what to expect from the process. Once he is retained, he will immediately acquire all witness statements, arrest reports, and other evidence which the prosecution must provide under the Brady decision. If Omar believes that the police engaged in a violation of your rights (such as stopping your vehicle without reasonable suspicion or seizing you on the street) then he will file the necessary Motions with the Court and argue for exclusion of the evidence. If this is not possible then he will negotiate a resolution that would be favorable to you. If that option is also not feasible then Omar will not hesitate to take your case to trial and he will protect your rights throughout the process. Drug trafficking is a serious charge with disastrous consequences. If you have been arrested then contact our office today.
Omar also serves clients in the Bay County cities of Callaway, Lynn Haven, and Panama City Beach as well as Calhoun County residents in Blountstown, Holmes County residents in Bonifay, Gulf County residents in Port St. Joe, Okaloosa County residents in Destin, Jackson County residents in Marianna, and Washington County residents in Chipley. He is also licensed to practice in federal court before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
Panama City attorney providing quality representation to Florida defendants
A drug trafficking charge can be devastating to both the defendant and his or her family members. The last thing you want to worry about is whether your attorney will be available to answer your questions. Omar will personally handle the details of your case from beginning to end. He will promptly return all phone calls and messages. This high level of service is given to each and every client. If you or a loved one has been charged with trafficking a narcotic or controlled substance, contact our office today for assistance.