Drug Offense Defense Attorney in Gainesville
The “War on Drugs” often appears to be a war on our citizens and on every right guaranteed by our State and Federal Constitutions. Drug offenses, including prescription drug law violations, are relentlessly pursued by law enforcement, targeted by prosecutors, and often harshly punished in our courts of law. The public is largely unaware, and jurors are actually shielded from, the harsh mandatory penalties imposed by our laws. “Trafficking” statutes impose lengthy mandatory prison sentences for the mere possession of otherwise lawful, prescription amounts of commonly prescribed drugs. From simple possession of drugs, to sale, manufacturing and cultivation, your future may depend on the skills of your attorney to know the law, apply the law, investigate your case, and/or find alternatives to incarceration and permanent societal disability.
Given the large disconnect between the way our society legally views drugs and the actual availability and ubiquity of both recreational and therapeutic drugs, “justice” often depends on the experience and legal acumen of your legal representative. Early involvement of legal counsel is key and should occur from the very first contact a person has with law enforcement authorities. What you do not know can hurt you, as law enforcement is allowed to present false information in applying “investigative technique.” Each attorney at DeThomasis and Buchanan, P.A. has more than twenty-five years practicing criminal defense in Gainesville, Florida, and is experienced in successfully defending drug allegations from simple possession or prescription fraud to trafficking in prohibited substances.
Student and Juvenile Drug Possession Attorney
Young people face special penalties if enrolled in pre-college or college level education. Some of those penalties are unrelated to the criminal penalties imposed and can include expulsion or exclusion from educational opportunities.
As parents, your concern for your child is both physical and developmental. Young people often make mistakes but those mistakes should not lead to a lifetime of work, educational, and social disenfranchisement. Our goal at DeThomasis and Buchanan is to resolve a drug arrest with the criminal consequences, medical, and long term life consequences in mind. Whether it is representation before educational authorities, or guidance toward treatment and sobriety options like Drug Court, the attorneys at DeThomasis and Buchanan can assist you in the defense and resolution of these matters. For more information about the University of Florida Student Disciplinary Process click here.