If you’ve been charged with drug trafficking, drug possession, or drug distribution in Orlando, Florida, the Law Office of Donald A. Lykkebak may be able to assist you with your case. Being arrested for drug possession or for drug trafficking can be a frightening and stressful experience. Police may detain you or may ask you questions. It is important to understand that you have the right to remain silent, that you do not have to answer questions (other than to identify yourself), and that you have the right to ask to speak to a lawyer before any questions! The idea of being under investigation for drug trafficking, drug possession, or drug distribution can be frightening. If you have been charged with these crimes, it is important to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. The Law Office of Donald A. Lykkebak is a drug possession lawyer in Orlando, Florida that may be able to help defend you.
What is drug possession? It is against the law to possess certain types of
controlled substances and to illegally possess prescription drugs without a prescription. While the laws regarding drug possession can vary from state to state, in Florida, if you were found to be in possession of cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone, heroin, fentanyl, LSD, methamphetamine, or other illegal substances, you could face drug possession charges. The seriousness of your charges will depend on how much of a given substance was allegedly found in your possession or if police believe you were trafficking or if they can prove you had the drug with the intention to sell or distribute the substance.
In order to charge you with simple drug possession, prosecutors must show that you knowingly had the drug in your possession or under your control. If you have been charged with drug possession, Donald A. Lykkebak will be able to assist you by offering you counsel and defending your case.
One potential defense for drug possession charges is the defense that you did not know that you had drugs on your person or property. The drugs may have been placed there by someone else. If you have roommates or share a car with other people, the police may not be able to prove that you were the person in possession of the drugs if drugs were found in your home or in a car. If drugs were found in your pocket or purse, it may be possible to show that the drugs were placed there by someone else. If there is a reasonable doubt about your possession, it is possible that your charges may be dropped.
What is drug trafficking? Drug trafficking is a much more serious crime than drug possession. If convicted, drug trafficking is punished more seriously by imposition of mandatory prison time. In order to convict a person for drug trafficking, prosecutors must first establish, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a person was possessing, distributing or selling illegal or controlled substances.
Sometimes a drug possession charge can become a drug trafficking charge if substantial quantities of a drug were found in your possession. However, the thresholds for weights and trafficking vs simple drug possession charges varies from drug to drug. This has largely to do with what the law believes is an amount of the drug sufficient for a single-person’s consumption vs. an amount of the drug believed to be sufficient for sale or distribution.
The weight is most important in determining if possession rises to the level of trafficking. The penalties with which you could be threatened will depend on the weight of the drug you are accused of trafficking or distributing and the type of drug you were accused of selling or trafficking. Whether officers can prove that you had intent to distribute the drug or were manufacturing the drug will also dictate whether you may face more serious charges above and beyond drug possession.
The penalties for drug trafficking are mandatory and can be as serious as life in prison. If you are facing drug trafficking charges, it is important to take steps to protect your innocence, your reputation, and your freedom. The Law Office of Donald A. Lykkebak is a drug trafficking law firm in Orlando, Florida that will be able to offer you legal counsel and defense if you are facing drug trafficking charges.
Defenses for drug trafficking charges can vary depending on your situation, but they include entrapment, unlawful search, and other possibilities. For example, with entrapment, a person who otherwise may not have sold drugs or distributed drugs was induced to do so by police. If police urge a person to commit a crime rather than simply giving a person an opportunity to do so, this can be the difference between dismissal or conviction. However, the difference between giving a person an opportunity to commit a crime and pressuring a person to commit that same crime can often be subtle. Having a drug possession lawyer on your side like Donald A. Lykkebak in Orlando, Florida can make a difference in the outcome of your case.
Donald A. Lykkebak is a criminal defense lawyer in Orlando, Florida that can review the evidence police and investigators have gathered against you, look closely at your case, build a strong defense, fight your case in court, or, with your permission, negotiate a plea. Contact Donald A. Lykkebak, an Orlando, Florida drug possession lawyer today to learn more. We may be able to help.
If you have been offered a plea, you might be tempted to take the deal to avoid a lengthy jail sentence or stressful trial. However, pleading guilty or even no contest to a crime can have serious consequences. You may end up with a criminal record, which can also have collateral impact on you. Individuals with criminal records can face challenges when seeking jobs, when seeking certain types of federal or state aid, or when seeking certain types of licenses. Before pleading guilty or taking a plea deal, consider reaching out to a drug possession or drug trafficking law firm in Orlando, Florida, like the Law Office of Donald A. Lykkebak. Our drug possession lawyer in Orlando, Florida can review the details of your case, determine whether you have any valid defenses, review the evidence gathered against you, fight your case in court, or work with prosecutors to get you the best possible plea deal.
If you’ve been charged with drug trafficking or possession, first, know your rights. If police knock on your door or pull you over on the side of the road, police can only perform a search if they have reason to believe a crime has been committed or if they have a warrant. However, police may ask permission if they can search your vehicle, home, or person. You then have the right to say no if police don’t have a warrant.
If you are under arrest, you have the right to remain silent. Police may still try to ask you questions, so you may need to assert your right to remain silent and you should ask to speak to your lawyer. If you have been arrested, simply asking to speak with a lawyer should normally terminate police questioning and provide you with relief from endless interrogation. However, sometimes individuals who have been detained may still need to specifically tell officers that they are asserting their rights and do not wish to speak. Once you are able use the telephone, call the drug possession lawyer at the Law Office of Donald A. Lykkebak in Orlando, Florida to help you if you are facing drug possession or drug trafficking charges.
Anything you say or do after an arrest or during a police investigation can later be used against you in court. If you think you are being investigated for drug trafficking or if you have been arrested for drug possession or trafficking, protect your rights. Speak to a drug possession lawyer at the Law Office of Donald A. Lykkebak today in Orlando, Florida.
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