Delivery of a Controlled Substance of Drug Paraphernalia to a Minor

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Delivery of a controlled substance to a minor in the state of Florida is a first degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in jail and $10,000 in fines. Delivery of drug paraphernalia to a minor in the state of Florida is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. These are serious drug possession charges that the state aggressively pursues, often to both set precedent and strike fear into future drug dealers.

Understanding Your Rights

You are guaranteed certain rights under the United States Constitution. Law enforcement officers must follow a very strict protocol when making arrests for any crime. Often, in the heat of the moment, officers act rashly or without concern for your guaranteed rights. This can lead to a charge that is either grossly exaggerated, or entirely impossible to legally prove.

Our attorneys know exactly what to look for in these cases. We will build a strong defense on your behalf, and fight tirelessly to ensure you are treated fairly and that your rights are protected. We are devoted to helping people accused of these crimes have their side of the story heard, and will do everything possible to ensure your continued freedom.

If you have been charged with delivery of a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia to a minor in the areas of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.

Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Charges for possession of a controlled substance can range from a third to a first degree felony with penalties ranging from 5 to 30 years in jail, and thousands of dollars in fines. Possession with intent to distribute can fall under drug trafficking laws, and carry up to 25 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

Proving Intention

The District Attorney and law enforcement will try to build a case to prove your intent to distribute even with the flimsiest of evidence. In some instances, having a list of phone numbers has been sufficient to put people in jail on trafficking charges. The attorneys at the Cochran Firm know how empty these arguments can be, and will fight to put holes in the prosecution’s case, and secure your freedom.

Our team of dedicated criminal defense attorneys have years of experience helping the accused gain their freedom. We are entirely devoted to ensuring your rights are protected, and justice is truly served.

If you live in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida and have been charged with intent to distribute a controlled substance, please contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to make sure your rights and freedom are protected.

Possession of a Controlled Substance

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Possession of a controlled substance is a third degree felony is the state of Florida. This means, if convicted, you could face 5 years in jail and a $5000 fine. When you are charged with drug possession for over 10 grams of heroin, your charge becomes a first degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Drug possession is a serious crime, and the state of Florida is merciless in its prosecution of the accused. Trying to navigate this system on your own will almost always result in maximum penalties. You have guaranteed rights that must be protected. The aggressive criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm are prepared to fight for your rights, and ensure justice is served.

Fighting for You

Our attorneys have years of experience helping people accused of drug possession beat the charges brought against them. There are so many details that can surround these cases, and the District Attorney and law enforcement know it is in their best interest if you do not hire counsel. Our attorneys know your rights, and exactly what to look for to build a strong case for your defense to get your charges diminished or dropped entirely.

If you have been charged with possession of a controlled substance in the areas of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.

What is Drug Possession?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Drug possession can have consequences ranging from a loss of your license for up to two years to jail time and heavy fines. It is important that you do not plead guilty to a drug possession charge before you have talked to one of our experienced Florida criminal defense attorneys. This is a murky area of the law, an area in which even having paraphernalia, or a prescription medication that isn’t yours can result in serious penalties. But there are particulars to every case that can be used to have your charges dismissed or reduced.

Penalties for Drug Possession in Florida

  • Marijuana – less than 20 ounces is a first degree misdemeanor; 1 year in jail, $1000 fine
    • More than 20 ounces is a third degree felony; 5 years in jail, $5000 fine
  • Controlled substance – possession of cocaine, meth, LSD, ecstasy, less than 10 grams of heroin or another controlled substance is a third degree felony; 5 years in jail, $5000 fine
    • More than 10 grams of heroin is a first degree felony; 30 years in jail, $10,000 in fines
  • Unlawful chemicals – possession of chemicals that could be used to make drugs is a second degree felony; 15 years in jail, $10,000 in fines
  • Paraphernalia – possession of any item that could be used to distribute drugs is a first degree misdemeanor; 1 year in jail, $1000 fine
  • Prescription drugs – possession of a prescription that is not yours can range from a misdemeanor to a third degree felony

Perhaps the officers involved acted carelessly or intentionally suppressed information. In other instances, you were unaware of the drug being in your possession. These and other avenues will be thoroughly explored by our attorneys. We will work tirelessly to ensure your freedom is protected.

If you have been charged with possession in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.

Criminal Assault vs. Torturous Assault

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Assault is defined as”an intentional threat by word, or act that seeks to physically harm another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent.” In some instances, the intent may be criminal. In other cases, the intent may not be criminal, making it a civil, or tort, case.

Criminal assault requires a criminal intention and is a matter for law enforcement. Torturous assault, on the other hand, is filed as a civil case in which one person is accused of putting another in a position where an act of violence seems imminent, but no criminal intent was present. If you have been accused of either of these crimes, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side to help make sure that your side of the story is heard, and you are not burdened with penalties you do not deserve.

How We can Help

The attorneys at the Cochran Firm have both the experience and the dedication to help ensure justice is served. When you are accused of a crime, you have a right to be heard, and to defend yourself against the accusations. Understanding that no situation in black and white, our attorneys work to expose the nuances of your case, and will fight tirelessly to see that you are provided every opportunity to defend yourself – maintaining your freedom and reputation.

If you have been charged with any type of assault in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.

What is an Act of Violence or Assault?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

The state of Florida has a very broad definition of acts of violence and assault. Assault is defined by Florida criminal law as “an intentional threat by word, or act that seeks to physically harm another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent.” This leaves significant room for interpretation, particularly in heated incidents where things can get out of hand.

An act of violence has a similarly vague and subjective definition. The primary difference is assault requires “an apparent ability” to carry out a threat, an act of violence can be no more than words. 

Charged with Assault or an Act of Violence

When the police respond to any report of a violent crime, they will most likely make an arrest. At the scene of the incident, they will automatically place the person who appears to be more out of control under custody. This may or may not be the person responsible for the incident, and the police may have simply witnessed something that wasn’t actually happening.

In any case, if you are charged with a violent crime, no matter how insignificant it may seem, you will need an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. The attorneys at the Cochran Firm have years of experience helping people charged with these crimes beat or diminish charges brought against them. We will work tirelessly to ensure you are fully represented, and your rights are protected.

If you live in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida and have been accused of committing a violent crime, please contact the attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.

Threats and Assault Charges

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

In Florida, a threat of violence may be classified as an act of violence, or as assault. The difference depends on your perceived ability to carry out your threat. While a threat alone may be dismissed as a momentary lapse in judgment, a threat with ability to make good will be seen as assault, and carry with it the potential for jail time and fines.

The criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm know that these incidences are never as simple as they seem. Conversations and interactions can become heated, and what is seen as a threat to one party may not be seen as a threat by another. It is in these fine details that your defense will lay should you be charged with verbal assault.

You Need an Attorney

Trying to explain yourself to police and the District Attorney may result in getting your charges lowered, but almost never does. When you don’t have an attorney, you are at the mercy of the justice system, which is often more interested in a conviction than justice itself. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be on your side, making sure that all of the particulars surrounding your incident are heard. Working to see that justice is served, our attorneys can help build your case, and protect your right to a fair trial.

If you live in the areas of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida and have been accused of assault, please contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.

Assault vs. Aggravated Assault

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

In the state of Florida, assault is defined as “an intentional threat by word, or act that seeks to physically harm another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent.” Assault is a second degree misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and $500 in fines.

Florida criminal law states that aggravated assault is “an assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill; or with an intent to commit a felony.” Aggravated assault is a third degree felony and has a maximum penalty of 5 years in jail and $5000 in fines.

Legal Representation

The definitions and penalties of these two crimes are different, but both are aggressively pursued by the District Attorney’s office. When you are charged with either of these crimes, you need a dedicated and experienced criminal defense attorney to help ensure you are treated fairly, and your side of the story is heard.

Nothing is ever black and white. The criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm know how complex and involved instances of assault and aggravated assault can be. We will take the time necessary to build an effective case on your behalf, and help see that justice is truly served.

If you have been accused of a crime in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.