Drug Crimes in Pinellas County
Narcotics detectives with the criminal investigations unit of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office aggressively investigation drug crimes. In many of these cases, the detectives use elaborate sting operations or confidential informants to gather the evidence needed to make an arrest.
Detectives also investigate prescription drug rings involved in racketeering charges, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, scheme to defraud, uttering forged instruments and the unlawful use of communications devices. Many drug crimes start with a routine traffic stop before the drugs are found during a search.
Drug crimes are typically categorized by the substance possessed and whether the crime involved simple possession, possession with intent to sell, delivery, cultivation or manufacturing, trafficking. No matter the circumstances, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you fight the case at every stage.
Attorney for Drug Crimes in Pinellas County, FL
The prosecutors with the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office aggressively prosecute drug crimes at the courthouse in Cleawater, FL. The attorneys at Sammis Law aggressively fight these cases to help our client obtain the best result.
We have represented clients on a wide variety of drug charges from simple possession to large scale trafficking crimes. We file and litigate every viable motion to suppress, exclude or dismiss. Our scholarly approach spots issues others might miss.
Contact us for a free consultation to discuss the charges pending against you, the potential punishments for those types of charges, and the best possible defenses that can be used to aggressively fight the charges.
Types of Charges for Possession of Controlled Substances
The most commonly prosecuted felony drug crimes in Pinellas County include possession of a controlled substance including possession of:
- Cannabis Resin Extract
- Marijuana Less Than 20 Grams with Intent to Sell
- Marijuana More Than 20 Grams
Criminal charges for possession of controlled substances also include prescription drugs such as Xanax, hydrocodone, and oxycodone.
Penalties for Drug Crimes in Florida
The penalties for drug crimes in Florida depend on a host of factors including:
- the classification of the substance possessed;
- the quantity of the substance possessed;
- the location where the substance was possessed; and
- the criminal record of the accused.
Programs are available for individuals with serious addictions who are seeking intensive forms of substance abuse treatment. Those programs include Operation PAR, managed by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Pinellas County Adult Drug Court, and Pretrial Intervention.
Many of our clients do not wish to participate in substance abuse treatment or submit to random urine screenings.
Narcotics Detectives in Pinellas County, FL – Visit the website of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office to learn more about the way detectives with the Narcotics Division of the Criminal Investigations Unit focus on crimes related to the sale, distribution, manufacturing or trafficking of street drugs, prescription drugs, or synthetic drugs. The detectives also investigate health care professionals accused of illegally prescribing or selling prescription drugs. The sheriff’s office encourages tips to Crime Stoppers of Pinellas as a way to identify and investigate drug dealers in the community. The website even has a way to “report a drug tip” regarding ongoing vice activity in Pinellas County.
Narcotics Section of the Pinellas Park Police Department – Visit the website of the Vice & Narcotics Section of the Pinellas Park Police Department to learn more about how narcotics officers investigate crimes related to the street level drug trade, major drug trafficking, and mid-level distribution. The website also gives tips to the public on how to report suspicious activity in the neighborhood including the types of drugs being sold.
Highest Arrest Rate for Drug Crimes in Pinellas County – According to a study by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch, Pinellas County is among the top five counties with the highest arrest rates for drug possession in Florida. According to the report, between 2010 and 2015, for every 100,000 residents, 547 faced a misdemeanor or felony possession charge in Pinellas County. The county had more than 31,100 arrest for drug possession charges during that five year time period.
This article was last updated on Wednesday, March 19, 2019.