Drug Defense Attorney West Florida and Pinellas County

Larry Sandefer

HAVE YOU BEEN ARRESTED FOR A  DRUG OFFENSE?

Florida’s drug laws can be much more complex than you might realize.  Defenses very depending on the individual facts of each case and your particular circumstances. It is important that we sit down with you and go over your case and discuss defenses and the legal issues involved as well as the potential outcomes.

We would like to put our experience to work for you. If you  have been arrested for or accused of any drug charge including serious offenses such as Drug Trafficking, Drug Possession, Doctor Shopping, Sale of a Controlled Substance call us for a free and confidential evaluation of your case and consultation.

felony drug charges we commonly see include:

possession of cocaine

possession of oxycodone

possession of heroin

possession of OxyContin

possession of marijuana

possession of Valium or diazepam

possession of Xanax or alprazolam

possession of morphine

possession of crack cocaine

possession of marijuana oil and derivatives

possession of designer drugs

sale in each of these drugs or trafficking

It is important that you act quickly and obtain the help of a knowledgeable and experienced Clearwater,  St. Petersburg, and Pinellas County drug defense lawyer. After your arrest, usually within about two weeks the State Attorney will look at your arrest and decide what charges to file or, in some cases whether to file charges.  the state attorney is generally aggressive in drug cases and especially drug related crimes that involve theft or violence.     It is important that you have an attorney on your side. Larry Sandefer is a former prosecutor where he rose to the level of division director and was also a lead trial attorney.  He has an understanding of the procedures and decision-making processes and considerations on both sides of a criminal case.  As a defense attorney he was the first attorney in the 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida (which includes Pinellas and Pasco Counties)  to attain Board Certification as a Specialist in Criminal Trial Law.  this board certification includes drug charges and accusations.

What will we do  to fight the charge 

What Happens From Here

Many drug cases start out with a “simple”  vehicle traffic stop, then a search of your car.   These types of stops implicate the Fourth Amendment which prohibits  unlawful searches and seizures.  The Fourth Amendment can be and  is a big part of defending drug cases.  One of the first things we will discuss with you and concentrate on is whether a stop is legal or not under the Constitution and relate it to your particular facts. If it is not a vehicle stop situation it will very likely be a search situation. How a search came about or was made is critically important in your defense. There are three levels of contact recognized under the law. There is voluntary contact with law enforcement, founded suspicion that crime is occurred, and probable cause to arrest.  We will discuss these aspects of your case with you in detail in reviewing your options and defenses.

Plea bargaining may come in to play in drug cases.   You should know that if the statutes call for a minimum mandatory prison sentence such as with a charge of Trafficking, under the law, a judge may not have the authority to reduce such a minimum mandatory prison sentence. That discretion lies totally with the Office of the State Attorney. We can discuss with you procedures and  ways to try to avoid that minimum mandatory sentence, including, of course, winning at a jury trial or a motion to suppress. Talking with a former prosecutor and experienced drug defense trial lawyer is important.  You should be aware that there are many former prosecutors or public defenders that are now in private practice.   All former prosecutors do not have the same level of experience.  As a former Prosecutor Larry Sandefer was a Lead Trial Attorney and also a  Division Director at the State Attorney’s office.  He has handled thousands of criminal drug cases and has tried many cases before a jury.  Division Directors make decisions on whether to file charges and what to file  and also sentencing and plea bargaining  decisions.  They train and supervise prosecutors as well as trying major cases including  major drug cases.  Larry Sandefer is one of a very few defense attorneys in this area who served both as a lead trial attorney and a division director.  He will be glad to  assess your case and discuss with you what options and defenses you May have in your case.  This consultation is free, even if you do not ultimately retain him.   Every case and every person is different.  You are different and your case is unique.   Every fact pattern must be assessed separately.  What may work in one person’s case may not be what works in your particular case.  One size does not fit all when it comes to defending someone on a criminal drug charge.

Florida Drug Trafficking Statutes

One of the most serious drug offenses in the State of Florida is drug trafficking. Most people think of drug trafficking as a crime by a major drug dealer importing drugs. This is not normally the situation. In the State of Florida, drug trafficking can  occur  by the sale of a certain quantity of a drug but drug trafficking can occur by simply possessing a certain quantity of a drug or  substance. This substance may be a “street drug” such as cocaine, heroin,  crack cocaine, crank, methamphetamine, or  it may be a prescription type drug such as Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Oxycontin or brand names such as Vicodin, Demerol, or drugs known as Roxies. Larry Sandefer is a Clearwater Pinellas County drug defense lawyer.

We also handle a large number of Armed Drug Trafficking cases as well as other charges which involve the use of or carrying a firearm or weapon.  Call us.

What do I do if I have been arrested on  a drug charge in Pinellas County, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, or  Pasco County?.

CALL US NOW – 727-726-5297 or toll free at 866-786-5297 for a FREE and confidential meeting and consultation directly with Larry Sandefer.

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Contact a Pinellas County, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg Drug Defense Lawyer

Larry Sandefer – Drug Defense Attorney & Drug Trafficking Lawyer

We handle drug charges as well as all drug related charges:  Possession of cocaine,  sale of cocaine in Pinellas County, possession or sale of crack cocaine in Clearwater and Pinellas County, sale of a controlled substance, Possession of heroin and Sale of Heroin in Pinellas County, sale of oxycodone or hydrocodone, possession and sale of fentanyl, possession or sale of marijuana, and other substances such as Valium, alprazolam, lorazepam, morphine, MDMA, methamphetamine, synthetic drugs or isomers.   We defend all types of  Trafficking in illegal drugs in Pinellas County, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and surrounding areas.

If you have drug charges in Pinellas County including Clearwater and St. Petersburg, and anywhere in Tampa Bay, call Sandefer Law Firm for a free and confidential evaluation of your case and let us help you.

Put the experience of Sandefer law firm to work for you.

If you need a Pinellas County drug defense attorney, a Clearwater drug defense attorney, a St. Petersburg drug defense attorney, a Pinellas County trafficking defense attorney, a Clearwater trafficking defense attorney, or a St. Petersburg Trafficking defense attorney contact Sandefer law firm.  Criminal Defense and Drug Crime Defense Serving Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Pasco County, Tampa, the Bay Area, and the State of Florida for over 30 Years.