When you’re facing a drug charge, you need an experienced Tampa Bay criminal defense attorney that focuses on drug offenses by your side.
Drug offenses are among the most harshly-prosecuted criminal violations a person can face. With the recent surge of prescription drug abuse in Florida, policymakers and law enforcement officials are taking bold steps to prosecute anyone involved with illegal drugs in any capacity.
Probation, hefty fines, and imprisonment are all common judicial penalties associated with illegal drugs. Even possession of a small amount of an illegal substance could lead to jail time.
Most Florida drug offenses can be classified in one of the following categories:
- Possession with intent to sell
Your drug offense penalty can be increased based on the location where the drug-related activities took place. For example, if you were within 1,000 feet of a school, it could carry a more substantial penalty.
Penalties for some drug convictions can mean serving many years in jail or prison, paying large fines, attending mandatory drug courses, and following the terms of a lengthy probation period. A drug offense conviction will likely remain on your permanent criminal record. This may lead to the loss of existing employment and make it very difficult for you to find future employment.
If you’re facing a drug charge, you need excellent legal representation from a lawyer who understands the criminal justice system right here in Tampa Bay. When you hire Kemp, Ruge & Green, you’re hiring one of Tampa Bay’s most talented firms. Don’t wait to call us. Your future depends on it.
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Drug charges are very serious, and we’ll treat your case with the care it deserves. We encourage you to take a look at our online testimonials from satisfied Tampa Bay clients who have benefited from the legal assistance provided by Kemp, Ruge & Green.
We always take a caring and compassionate approach to every case. We’ll give you a voice in the legal system and help you get the best shot at fighting your drug charges.
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Our firm requires no up-front fee and offers you a free confidential case evaluation. We’ll help you understand your unique situation during your case evaluation, but until then here are some answers to common questions about Florida drug charges.
Q: What kind of lawyer do I need for a drug charge in Tampa Bay?
A: You need a criminal defense lawyer who helps clients in the Tampa Bay area, and it should be a lawyer who is experienced with drug offenses. You need someone with a strong reputation who understands the legal system inside and out, so they can present you with a variety of options and represent you in court if necessary.
Q: What if I have been falsely accused of doing/having drugs?
A: If you have been falsely accused of doing drugs or possessing drugs, it is even more important that you have experienced legal representation. A false accusation can still cause you a huge amount of legal trouble, especially if it happens during a child custody case, for example.
Q: Will I go to jail if I’m convicted of a drug crime?
A: Jail time is definitely a possibility if you are facing drug charges. But there are other possibilities too, like a pre-trial diversion that prevents jail time. We can’t predict exactly what will happen without knowing your circumstances, so contact Kemp, Ruge & Green for a free case evaluation and we’ll help you understand what could happen next in your situation.
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After a drug charge in Tampa Bay, don’t face the legal system alone. Contact Kemp, Ruge & Green as soon as possible. You’ll need experienced legal representation to protect your future.
We have a variety of legal options to defend you. A pre-trial diversion program may be possible if you qualify. The benefit of a pre-trial diversion program for a drug offense is that the charge will be dropped once you successfully complete the program.
Kemp, Ruge & Green will explain all your options and aggressively defend your drug offense case. We’re ready to help you right here in the local communities of Pasco, Spring Hill, Pinellas, St. Petersburg, Hillsborough, Tarpon Springs, and Hernando.
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