Drug importation is a major issue in Florida, particularly from organized drug trafficking organizations in nearby countries, such as Mexico, Cuba and the Caribbean. Cocaine is the primary drug treat in Florida, with marijuana close behind. Most often using maritime means of importing controlled substances into the state, drug traffickers will hide drugs in valid cargo, disguise it as legal cargo or use "mules," people or animals to carry the drugs into the United States.
If you have been accused of or are under investigation for drug importation, you will need a defense lawyer on your side who can protect your rights under the U.S. Constitution and help ensure that you get a fair investigation and trial. Trying to cooperate with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) or local law enforcement will likely only end up harming your case in the end; that is why we recommend consulting an attorney immediately even if no drug importation charges have yet been filed against you.Defending Drug Importation Charges Throughout Florida
At the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, we defend clients facing drug importation investigations or charges throughout Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Jupiter and the surrounding areas in Florida. Criminal defense attorney Robert G. Whittel is a former criminal prosecutor who is now on your side. His experience as a prosecutor, as well as his thorough knowledge of State and Federal laws governing drug crimes, have enabled Mr. Whittel to obtain outstanding results for many of the cases he takes on.
If you are convicted of drug importation, you will face severe penalties - ranging from 3 years in state prison and a $25,000 to $50,000 fine, to a 25 year prison sentence with fines of up to $500,000. Your sentence will depend upon the type and amount of drug you are accused of importing. Heroin, cocaine and ecstasy, for instance, carry heavier penalties than marijuana.
As you can see, your freedom is at stake if you are facing drug importation charges. By consulting Boca Raton drug importation attorney Robert G. Whittel, you have the chance to understand what you should do next and what steps you can take, with Mr. Whittel's help, to avoid harsh penalties and a conviction.
Arrested for drug importation in Florida? Contact the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC today!