Seminole County Possession of Cocaine Attorney
Simple possession of cocaine in Seminole County is a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison with the Department of Corrections or 5 years on DOC probation and up to a $5000 fine, unless you have been released from prison within the last two years, in which case, the penalties increase, depending on which designation the State Attorney’s office chooses to pursue. Other cocaine charges are more serious, such as sale of cocaine, sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, college, park, or other specified areas, trafficking in cocaine (depending on amount, there are minimum mandatory prison sentences and more serious felonies.)
Do I Have Defenses To A Seminole County Cocaine Possession Charge?
Some of the defenses that are used to successfully defend against cocaine possession are that you didn’t know it was there or didn’t have dominion and control over it. This is otherwise known as constructive possession. For constructive possession to be illegal the accused must have knowledge of the contraband and have dominion and control over it. Additional defenses include illegal stop, illegal search, or illegal seizure, or that the warrant was invalid on its face. These are called Motions to Suppress, and are used to protect and uphold your constitutional rights to be free of unwarranted government searches of your home, vehicle, person, papers or effects. There are other defenses as well. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts knows how to successfully suppress warrants, confessions, and evidence, and if the officer’s actions are illegal Mr. Pitts can get your case thrown out. You need to know if these cocaine possession defenses apply to your case.
Even if the cocaine is found on your person, there are certain procedures that the officers must follow, which only an experienced Seminole County cocaine possession attorney would know to look for. Even if you admitted it was yours, we could fight whether you were illegally seized or if you illegally waived your Miranda Rights. Without proper warning or if the waiver was the result of acquiescence to force the incriminating statement might not be admissible. You need an experienced Seminole County cocaine possession attorney to review your case and develop a defense strategy individualized for your needs. Mr. Pitts handles cases from Sanford, Altamonte Springs, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood and the surrounding areas. Call attorney Kevin J. Pitts today for a free consultation at 407-883-6853.
Experienced Seminole County Cocaine Possession Attorney
Attorney Kevin J. Pitts started his legal career as a Florida prosecutor. After just over 2 years as a prosecutor Mr. Pitts went into private practice handling criminal defense and traffic cases. In 2010 Mr. Pitts opened his office on First Street in Sanford before moving to his current location at 4195 N 17-92, Sanford, FL 32773. Just after opening an office in Sanford Mr. Pitts opened a second office in Daytona Beach. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts devotes 100% of his practice to criminal defense, criminal traffic defense and civil traffic defense. Mr. Pitts has the experience and past success that you need to get the best possible result in your case. Call 407-883-6853 to set up a consultation with Seminole County cocaine possession attorney Kevin J. Pitts. Your initial consultation is always free.