Methamphetamine powerfully stimulates the central nervous system and may be used in the form of white powder, pills, or crystals. Often methamphetamine users become severely addicted to meth such that they may commit other crimes in order to get their hands on the drug. Sometimes crimes may be committed under the influence of the drug. Meth can cause observable physical changes, as well as mood changes and poor health. If you are charged with a crime related to meth, you should be aware that prosecutors take these crimes quite seriously. An experienced Miami meth crimes attorney can evaluate your case and help you develop a defense strategy.Meth Crimes
Meth is a Schedule II drug under Florida Statute section 893.03(2)(c)(4), based on its potential for abuse and its restricted medical uses. Those who are discovered possessing less than 14 grams of meth can still be charged with a third degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years of imprisonment. And if you're caught with at least 14 grams of meth, you may be charged with meth trafficking, an offense that carries mandatory minimum sentences upon conviction.
Sale or delivery of meth is criminalized under Florida Statute section 893.13(1)(a)(1). It is a second-degree felony to sell or deliver meth. You can face 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation, and a $10,000 fine for sale of meth.Meth Manufacturing
Meth manufacturing is illegal. Florida Statute section 893.02(15)(a) defines “manufacture” as producing, preparing, propagating, cultivating, compounding, growing, converting, or processing of a controlled substance, whether indirectly or directly.
You can face second-degree felony charges if you unlawfully possess a chemical listed under section 893.149. You can be convicted if a prosecutor can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you (1) intentionally or knowingly, (2) possessed a listed chemical that is used to make meth, (3) intending to illegally make meth or knowing or having reasonable cause to believe the listed chemical would be used to illegally make meth. A Miami lawyer knowledgeable in meth crimes defense can help you assert your rights if you are facing this kind of charge.
When children are present while you possess an essential chemical or while manufacturing meth, you can be charged under section 893.13(1)(g). Moreover, if making meth or trying to make meth happens in a structure or conveyance in which a child under age 16 is present, you can face a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison. A first-degree felony can be charged where making meth causes a child under 16-years-old to suffer great bodily harm, and the result may be a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence.Meth Trafficking
Meth trafficking is a very serious charge, and if you suspect you may be charged with meth trafficking, you should hire an experienced Miami meth crimes attorney right away. Your lawyer may be able to help you even before charges are filed. Meth trafficking convictions carry mandatory minimum sentences. These sentences are tiered based on how much meth is involved. For trafficking 14-28 grams of meth, you face a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years of imprisonment and a $50,000 fine. For trafficking 28-200 grams of meth, you may be sentenced to a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years of imprisonment and a $100,000 fine. If you're caught with at least 200 grams of meth there's a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.Capital Felony
Importing meth or the chemicals necessary for manufacturing it into Florida where the probable consequence of the importation is somebody's death is a capital felony. You may face life imprisonment or death and a $250,000 fine.Consult a Tough Meth Crimes Attorney in Miami
Meth crimes are prosecuted aggressively in Miami because meth is considered very dangerous. Therefore, it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as you realize you are being investigated. Evan Hoffman of The Hoffman Firm closely examines meth crime charges to develop the strongest possible defense strategy. We represent those facing meth crime charges in Miami, as well as North Miami, Key Biscayne, Aventura, and Miami Beach. Call The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090 or contact us via our online form to schedule a free, confidential consultation.