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Samuel J. Williams PA
Are you looking for an experienced drug attorney? If you, or a loved one, have been charged with a drug related crime, we may be able to help
Samuel J. Williams PA handles all criminal cases including drug charges.
Samuel J. Williams PA provides legal representation throughout Florida.
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New Port Richey Drug Law Overview
New Port Richey, Florida and the federal government have laws against unlawful use, possession, distribution or production of certain drugs. These include cocaine, heroin, marijuana and amphetamines. The laws aim to reduce illegal drug use and cut down on drug-related crimes.
There are five categories, or "schedules," of drugs based on their potential for dependency and abuse as compared with their therapeutic value. Schedule I controlled substances have the highest potential for dependency and no accepted medical use. Schedule V drugs have a low potential for dependency and accepted medical uses.
The most severe penalties for illegal possession, sale or manufacture of drugs involve those listed in Schedule I. The Attorney General has the authority to delete, add or reschedule drugs. State schedules refer to or are based on federal schedules.
The punishment for drug crimes in New Port Richey, Florida generally depends on:
The quantity of the drug
Its classification under the schedules
The purpose of possession
The most serious drug crimes are:
Producing illegal drugs
Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute them is a serious crime. Prosecutors can prove your intent to distribute drugs just by showing the quantity of the drug, without any evidence you actually distributed the drug.
In most states, possession of drugs for personal use is a serious crime. But in some states, possession of drugs for personal use is punished less severely than distribution crimes. For example, in some states, possession of a small amount of marijuana (less than 50 grams) is decriminalized or treated as a disorderly person's offense. If there's a conviction, the punishment is often probation or a fine, and not prison. However, possessing larger amounts of illegal drugs, even for personal use, may be a serious crime.
Most minimum sentences range from one year in jail to three years in prison for first-time offenders. The minimum sentences for repeat offenders? Three to 12 years in prison.
Some states have enhanced penalties for drug crimes. These apply if:
Minors are used to distribute the drugs
The drugs are delivered or sold to minors
The drugs are sold or distributed near schools
Enhanced punishments vary by state. You may also be in danger of "forfeiting" your property if you're convicted of a drug crime. For example, if your house is used to make and distribute drugs, the government may be able to seize it.
Professional Drug Dealers
Special laws cover professional drug dealers. A "drug kingpin," or a person organizing, financing or managing a business to manufacture, transport or sell drugs, commits a serious crime.
There are special sentences for professional drug dealers. Federal law even has the death penalty for drug kingpins. Some states impose 25 years in prison without parole for professional drug dealers.
Questions for Your New Port Richey Drug Lawyer
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Samuel J. Williams PA
Sam was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1983. He worked as an Assistant State Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida where he prosecuted felonies, misdemeanors and DUI offenses. He then joined his father’s practice in New Port Richey, Florida, where he continued to specialize in criminal law. His father, Richard C. Williams, remained of counsel to Sam’s practice until 2006. In 1994 Sam was board-certified by the Florida Bar in Criminal Trial Law. He has been lead counsel in excess of 100 jury trials, ranging from misdemeanors and DUI to First Degree Murder Charges. Over the years he has established a strong relationship with his colleagues, prosecutors, judges and court staff. These relationships have been critical in helping him advocate for, and achieve, the best results for his clients.
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Wake Forest University, B.A. (1980) – Double Major in History/Communications
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Juris Doctor (1983)
– Member Law Review
Florida Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL)
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