Will I Go To Jail For A Drug Charge?

The single biggest fear most people have after getting arrested is whether they will have to go to jail or prison. In Florida, people charged with drug possession may be able to avoid jail time. Your sentence depends on the weight of the drug, the number of prior offenses, and other factor. One important factor in the outcome of any criminal case is the skill and understanding of your defense lawyer.

I am J. Melanie Slaughter. With more than two decades of criminal law experience, I know what it takes to aggressively defend your rights. I am a former prosecutor who was also the first drug prosecutor in the Fifth Judicial District. This experience, combined with my experience as a criminal defense attorney, makes me a strong candidate to represent you.

I go into every case trying to find the weaknesses in the government's case. If the government cannot prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, I will fight to have the charges dismissed or reduced. On the other hand, if the state has a strong case, I will look at alternatives.

Is Drug Court An Option?

In Florida, one possibility for people accused of drug possession is drug court. Drug courts are an alternative to criminal courts that emphasize treatment and education over incarceration. Marion County, Hernando County and Citrus County each have drug courts. In drug court, offenders will receive outpatient treatment and are required to submit to random drug tests during treatment.

People in drug court are required to plead guilty to their charge. However, their sentence will be deferred while they complete treatment. If they successfully complete treatment, their charges will be dismissed. If you are a strong candidate for drug court, I will help guide you through the process.

Drug Trafficking Charges In Florida Are Extremely Serious

Any person convicted of drug trafficking faces a mandatory minimum three year prison term. If you or someone you love has been accused of drug trafficking, it is essential to hire a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Contact Our Law Firm Today

The sooner you get in touch with my law firm, the more I can do to support your defense. Call my Ocala law firm at 352-414-5945 or email me to get started.