This is the first post in a series which will discuss the handling of cases involving prescription drugs in Panama City, Florida. I feel it is necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that many individuals, unfortunately, do not realize the extent to which prosecutors will pursue charges in such cases. It is important to understand that such cases are a “big deal.” It is my goal that this series will provide you with information which will help you to make an informed decision when you are selecting a criminal defense lawyer. If you or a loved one have been arrested then contact my office today to speak with an attorney.
I will be addressing several topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:
- How search and seizure issues can impact prescription drug charges
- Why prosecutors take such cases seriously
- Florida’s penalties for a prescription related offense
- Crimes commonly charged in conjunction with the illegal possession of controlled substances
There are multiple reasons why residents of our area should understand these issues. First, many make the mistake of thinking that there is nothing they can do after they have been arrested. The truth of the matter, however, is that if the police found the drugs by violating your Fourth Amendment rights then it may be possible to have the narcotics excluded from any Court proceedings. Second, many err by thinking that it is “no big deal” to possess a narcotic which doctors can legally prescribe. Prosecutors, however, pursue charges for a variety of reasons. Third, understanding the penalties related with these offenses can help individuals to understand the severity of their situation. Finally, it is not uncommon for one to commit other offenses (such as the illegal possession of a firearm) while they are in possession of a controlled substance.
One point I cannot stress enough is that you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if you have been arrested. Counsel will immediately begin determining the options you have available to you. Your representative will work to gain you the best resolution possible, which may include an outright dismissal. As a Panama City lawyer I am able to handle such matters. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation.
My office 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, Leon County residents in Tallahassee, Walton County residents in DeFuniak Springs and Miramar Beach, Liberty County residents in Bristol, Wakulla County residents in Crawfordville, Gadsden County residents in Quincy, and Washington County residents in Chipley. I am also licensed to practice in federal court before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.