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Treasure Coast Drug ArrestsAfter a drug arrest, the lives of the accused are likely to go through some unsettling changes. If you or a loved one have been arrested on drug charges or are facing a pending drug arrest in the Treasure Coast, immediate retention of a highly experienced criminal defense attorney is vital to enhance the chances of a successful defense. Perlet & Shiner, P.A. specializes in drug trafficking cases, and will work tirelessly to defend the accused.
There are a number of different crimes that are defined as a drug offenses, according to the State of Florida. Possession, sale or trafficking of a controlled substance and prescription fraud are just a few of the offenses that could be charged in a drug arrest case. The accused could be charged with one charge or multiple charges, depending on the circumstances. Most people do not realize that a drug conviction in the State of Florida results in a two-year driver’s license revocation.
Florida Drug LawsBecause of the high volume of trafficking that occurs along the 8,000 miles of Florida coastline, the state has very strict laws on drug possession. There is no allowance for medical marijuana in any form. A conviction of marijuana possession of less than 20 grams (less than ¾ of an ounce) can bring a penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
State Drug Facts 
- In 2008, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized 220 kilograms of heroin in Florida.
- In 2007, there were 2,590 drug violation arrests, down from 2,877 in 2006.
- MDMA (also called Ecstasy), commonly found at parties and “raves,” currently is the most readily available “potent” drug in Florida.
Conviction AftermathA conviction following a drug arrest can bring repercussions that can last a lifetime. The consequences extend well beyond the courtroom, fines and prison terms, and could impact one’s day-to-day activities and privileges, even after release from prison, including:
- employment prospects
- housing options
- financial opportunities
Perlet & Shiner, P.A. has successfully defended drug possession and trafficking cases in all of the Treasure Coast, South Florida and Central Florida, including Ft. Pierce, Okeechobee, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Vero Beach, and surrounding cities in Martin County, Okeechobee County, St. Lucie County and Indian River County.