Tampa Fentanyl Possession & Distribution Attorney
Fentanyl is a very potent drug that has largely contributed to the opioid epidemic in the United States. While many people possess fentanyl legally, others obtain it in illegal ways and distribute it to others. Fentanyl possession and distribution is a very serious crime, and federal prosecutors pursue these charges aggressively. Prosecutors and law enforcement also do not always get it right, which can result in innocent people facing harsh penalties. If you have been charged, you need a strong defense. Our Tampa fentanyl possession & distribution attorney can provide it so you can beat your charges.
What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a drug used to treat severe pain and it is only legally available by prescription. Classed as a synthetic opioid, this drug falls into the same category as heroin, oxycodone, and other prescription drugs. Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous drug when not used properly, as it is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, and 25 to 50 times more potent than heroin. The potency of the drug means there is a high chance of overdose, even when it is taken in small amounts. Fentanyl has become so popular today, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a public safety alert.
Fentanyl is sold under many different brand names with some of the most popular including:
Penalties for Fentanyl Possession and Distribution
As with all other prescription drugs, fentanyl is classed as a Schedule II drug under the federal Controlled Dangerous Substances Act. Drugs within this Schedule are defined as having:
- A high likelihood of abuse
- An acceptable medical use, which is to treat severe pain in the case of fentanyl
- The potential for serious psychological or physical dependence
As with other drug charges, charges for fentanyl possession will depend on the amount of the drug. Charges can also be laid if a person obtained the drug illegally. For a first time conviction that involves between ten and 99 grams of fentanyl, a person may face between 5 to 40 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $5 million. W
When a person is charged with distributing fentanyl, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years, but a person could be sentenced to life in prison. The maximum fine for distributing fentanyl is $10 million. Even after a person serves their time, they will face a minimum of five years of supervision.
Our Tampa Fentanyl Possession & Distribution Attorney Can Provide the Defense You Need
Charges regarding fentanyl possession and distribution are extremely serious. If convicted, you may be sentenced to many years in federal prison, along with some of the highest fines laid at the federal level. At OA Law Firm, our Tampa fentanyl possession and distribution attorney knows the defenses available in these cases and how to use them effectively so you have the best chance of beating the charges. Call us today or reach out to us online to schedule a consultation with our experienced attorney and to learn more about how we can help.