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Florida has strict laws concerning drug charge convictions. For offenses committed after October 1995, Florida requires convicted offenders to serve a minimum of 85% of their sentence. Many offenders serve more. Including county jail and prison time, those convicted of drug offenses serve an average of 27.6 months (87.4 percent) of their sentences. (1)

If you or a loved one has been arrested for drug trafficking, conspiracy, running a grow house, drug importation or drug mule charges in Broward County, drug crimes attorneys can provide the effective legal representation you need, which can improve your chances for a better outcome.

Broward County Drug Charge Dismissals and Acquittals
With expert representation, drug charges might be reduced or dismissed before trial or the accused might be acquitted during trial. Between June 2008 and June 2009, 9,410 counts for drug charges were filed in Broward County. Of these:

  • Approximately 40 percent of drug-related charges tried before a jury were dismissed or acquitted (2)
  • There were 1,672 counts of drug-related charges dismissed before trial
  • Plea agreements were accepted on 6,675 counts
  • All cases proceeding to non-jury trials were acquitted or dismissed of drug charges

The high numbers of cases dismissed or acquitted before and after a jury trial illustrate how a skilled criminal defense attorney can improve the chances for a positive outcome. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with any drug crime in Broward County, including the cities of Coral Springs, Hollywood, Pompano and Fort Lauderdale, criminal defense attorneys can work to protect your rights and may be able to negotiate for reduced charges or a lesser sentence.

Federal Drug Charges in Florida
Federal drug arrests by the DEA in Florida accounted for nine percent (2,857) of all drug arrests in the United States during 2003-2004. This number is second only to California, where 2,947 arrests were made during the same period. (3) Arrests and prosecutions for drug charges are serious business in Florida. The statistics for 2008-2009 make this clear:

There were 5,844 inmates incarcerated in Florida’s prisons for drug trafficking
A total of 10,217 were incarcerated for drug purchase/sale/manufacturing
Other drug charges accounted for 3,962 incarcerations (4)

A knowledgeable criminal attorney can help protect your rights and may improve the results for your own case. In Broward County, skilled drug charge attorneys will review the facts of your case and work diligently to prepare the best defense possible. Timing is important, so obtaining experienced lawyers as quickly as possible will go a long way toward a positive outcome.

The attorneys of Perlet & Shiner, P.A. represent drug crime arrest clients in Broward County, including Pompano, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and other cities.

  1. Florida Department of Corrections. 2008-2009 Agency Statistics: Inmate Releases and Time Served:
  2. Florida State Courts. Florida State Court Statistics:
  3. Compendium of Federal Justice Statistics. 2004. 2003-2004 DEA Arrests by State:
  4. Florida Department of Corrections. 2008-2009 Agency Statistics: Inmate Admissions – Primary Offenses:

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