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Penalties for some opioid crimes getting upped in Florida

Being accused of opioid crimes can expose a person to major potential penalties. And just how serious of penalties a person could face in relation to certain opioid crimes is increasing here in Florida. This is because of a new law that was recently passed in the state.

The new law makes a variety of penalty enhancements for dealing synthetic opioids. For example, it makes changes to what charges a person can face if accused of dealing the drug fentanyl. Under the new law, such individuals could potentially face state drug trafficking charges. Under previous law, trafficking charges could not be brought in relation to crimes connected to fentanyl dealing. Rather, only possession charges could be brought in relation to such offenses.

Why does whether or not a person could face trafficking charges in relation to a given set of drug crime accusations matter? It does because trafficking charges tend to have much heftier penalties attached to them.

When a person here in Florida is accused of dealing a drug that is covered by the state’s drug trafficking laws, there are a variety of things that can impact whether the specific accusations brought against them could trigger trafficking charges. Understanding whether trafficking charges, and the big potential penalties they carry, could be on the table can be critical for a drug crime suspect as they are making critical decisions related to their defense. This is one of the many key details that skilled criminal defense attorneys can help individuals facing drug accusations get a clear picture of.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Gov. Rick Scott signs stricter opioid penalty bill among Central Florida's law leaders,” Krista Torralva, July 27, 2017

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