Drug addiction continues to remain a serious issue in American society. Because of this, the penalties for drug related offenses can be especially harsh. In some regions, like Florida, crimes that involve methamphetamine (meth) are quite common. If you are convicted of possessing meth then you will likely be fined, face incarceration, and you may be left with a permanent criminal record. This may disqualify you from many different types of employment and make it difficult to obtain housing or loans in the future. Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City criminal defense lawyer who handles these matters throughout Florida’s Bay County. If you need assistance then call our office today for an initial consultation.
Panama City, Florida attorney handling cases involving methamphetamine or “meth”
Florida has classified methamphetamine, or “crystal meth” as it is commonly referred to, as a Schedule II controlled substance. This means that the mere possession of meth is a third degree felony. Defendants convicted of a third degree felony can face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. However, if the total weight of the product exceeds 14 grams then the defendant will be charged with drug trafficking and could face a mandatory-minimum sentence. If the narcotic is taken across state lines then the accused may also face federal criminal charges.
Methamphetamine cases begin with the defendant entering a “not guilty” plea after the Judge has found that there is probable cause supporting the charges. Under our state’s speedy trial laws, the matter will be set for a date within 175 days. As with other drug possession cases, matters involving meth often revolve around whether the evidence was obtained through law enforcement’s violations of one’s rights. If the defense lawyer believes that such a violation occurred then they will file a Motion to Suppress the evidence. If this Motion is successful then the drugs will be inadmissible in Court and, depending on the circumstances, the charges may be dismissed. If a dismissal or negotiation is not obtained then the case will be taken to trial. A jury will decide the issue of guilt or innocence. These matters can involve complicated constitutional and evidentiary issues. It is important to retain experienced counsel.
Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City criminal defense lawyer handling meth charges. Prior to the initial consultation, he will review all arrest reports and probable cause affidavits to gain an understanding of your situation. He will then use your initial consultation as a way to hear your side of the story and advise you on what to expect from the process. He will review all available evidence, including arrest reports and witness statements. If Omar believes that your rights have been violated then he will file the necessary Motions with the Court and thoroughly examine the arresting officers at the evidentiary hearing. If a dismissal cannot be obtained and a favorable resolution cannot be reached then Omar will not hesitate to take your case to trial. He will make sure that your rights remain protected throughout the process and that the prosecution is made to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. We understand that you are facing a serious situation. Our firm will take your case seriously. Contact our office today if you have been arrested for the possession of methamphetamine.
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.
Florida lawyer providing “hands on” representation to Panama City clients who face methamphetamine related charges
If you have been charged with a methamphetamine related charge then you are already experiencing a great deal or stress and uncertainty about your future. The last thing you should be worried about is whether your lawyer will be available to speak with you about your case. Omar will personally handle your case from beginning to end. He will return all phone calls, text messages, and emails promptly in order to ensure that the attorney-client relationship remains of a high quality. This high level of service is given to every client we serve. If you or a loved one has been charged with a methamphetamine related crime then contact our Panama City office today for assistance.