Discovering that you face criminal charges for a drug offense in Apopka, Florida is one of the most disheartening events in a person’s life. At The Umansky Law Firm, we understand that people make mistakes and firmly believe in providing second chances. If you have recently been charged with a drug crime, our Apopka drug defense lawyers are available to guide you through the judicial process.
With over sixty years of combined experience practicing criminal law, our team is dedicated to providing close, personal attention to each case we receive. Founder William Umansky has dedicated a career of over 25 years to providing criminal defense for people accused of drug and other crimes throughout Central Florida. Additionally, as a former prosecutor, he puts all his experience to work crafting defense strategies. If you face drug charges, allow our firm to protect your interests and guide you through each step of the legal process.
Florida is among the worst states in the nation in which to be arrested and charged in connection with a drug offense. The state’s harsh drug laws stem from the War on Drugs in which the state imposes harsh punishments for drug crimes to steer criminals away from committing these offenses. The effects have resulted in tougher sentences due to mandatory minimum sentencing for mere possession for certain types of illegal drugs. While harsher penalties have not helped to reduce the rate of criminal drug activity, they have resulted in overcrowding in prisons throughout the state as prisoners stay behind bars for longer periods of time.
Mandatory minimum sentences in Florida strip judges of their ability to use reasoning and discretion to determine an appropriate punishment for a particular case. Though not all drug convictions lead to a mandatory minimum prison term, without an attorney to protect your interests, your chances of serving such a sentence may increase. At The Umansky Law Firm, our goal is to have your charges dropped or reduced to lesser charges whenever possible.
Since the firm’s inception, we have handled thousands of drug cases with many favorable outcomes. Our experience defending these cases enhances our ability to provide a strong defense for your case. The offenses below are just the tip of the iceberg for the types of drug crimes we defend.
Cocaine is a Schedule II controlled substance in Florida, making it a third-degree felony to possess fewer than 28 grams of the drug. Schedule II substances are considered to have a high abuse potential with limited medical uses. Penalties for felony cocaine possession are severe and may include years in a state prison. Possessing more than 28 grams of cocaine can lead to trafficking charges which would lead to a mandatory minimum sentence upon conviction.
Florida residents are abusing opioids like fentanyl and heroin at alarming rates. To crack down on this abuse, Florida lawmakers have passed mandatory minimum sentences for fentanyl and heroin possession. Harsh consequences await anyone who is convicted of a fentanyl or heroin offense.
Although Florida lawmakers recently legalized medical marijuana, marijuana possession without a prescription is still a criminal offense. You could face misdemeanor charges for possessing fewer than 20 grams of marijuana and felony marijuana possession charges for more than that amount.
At The Umansky Law Firm, our Apopka drug lawyers understand that this may be a confusing and troubling time. We’re here to provide support and inform you of your legal options. You can call us for a free legal case review.
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