Reported overdose deaths in Florida involving opioids are on the rise. Nearly 10% of deaths involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Because of the highly addictive and deadly nature of these drugs, the State of Florida (and the nation) is cracking down on the sale and possession of opioids, specifically fentanyl. Read more about fentanyl charges and how we can defend your case…
Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use as a pain reliever. While it is a legal drug, it is an extremely dangerous narcotic that has been making news headlines for its vast network of distribution.
The Drug Enforcement Administration considers fentanyl is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. It can cause euphoria, widespread numbness, and cause the brain to release endorphins – all of which contribute to its highly addictive nature.
If you have been charged with or are being investigated for the illegal possession or sale of fentanyl or other opioids, it is in your best interest to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. A top-rated lawyer may help you avoid the most serious penalties associated with fentanyl drug crimes. We’re available 24/7 -813-280-1244.
How is Fentanyl Classified Under Law
Possession of fentanyl without a prescription is a crime under both Florida and federal law. It is listed as a Schedule II controlled substance, meaning the U.S. Attorney General has determined:
- While it has been accepted for medical use in the United States; it has a high potential for abuse.
- Abuse of the drug could lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
Penalties for Federal Fentanyl Charges
Because of its classification as a Schedule II narcotic, crimes related to the possession or sale of fentanyl can result in serious implications. For this reason, it is imperative to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately – for both state and federal charges.
Penalties are based on the amount of fentanyl that was in possession or sold at the time of arrest as well as prior offenses. Consequences may include significant fines, imprisonment, suspension of your driver’s license, and probation.
At Stechschulte Nell Attorneys at Law, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to defend clients who are facing charges for violating state or federal drug laws.
Defending Fentanyl Charges
Fortunately, a skilled criminal defense attorney can help mitigate the short and long-term consequences of your fentanyl criminal case. To have a valid case against you, the prosecution must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- You knowingly and deliberately had control of the illegal drug.
- You were aware that the drug is illegal, that the drugs were present, and you planned to use or control them.
- You had actual or constructive possession of the drug.
Our Tampa, FL defense team will work to suppress any potential evidence, making it difficult for the prosecution to prove the above elements in your case. Our mission as your attorneys is to result in mitigated charges or a case dismissal.
Call Our Fentanyl Defense Attorneys
If you have been arrested for a crime associated with the sale or possession of fentanyl, contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. Stechschulte Nell can skillfully defend your fentanyl case.
Our lawyers will protect your rights and fight to resolve your case as favorably as possible. Call (813) 280-1244 for a free case review.