President Obama recently announced the sentence commutation of more than 100 federal prisoners serving decades-long penalties under arcane cocaine trafficking statutes. Obama has commuted the sentences of nearly 600 people this year, and over the course of his term, more than the last 11 presidents combined.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of individuals arrested for cocaine trafficking in Miami will not be able to count on a presidential commutation or pardon. These charges potentially carry decades-long sentences, so it’s imperative that your Miami criminal defense attorney have the experience, skill and resources to properly defend your case.
F.S. 893.123 is the state statute on drug trafficking and outlines the minimum mandatory penalties for the various charges. Contrary to popular belief, cocaine trafficking is not primarily the work of criminal masterminds or even career criminals. In fact, one need not even sell the drug to be arrested for trafficking. Continue reading