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Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes Attorney serving Okaloosa County, Walton County, and Santa Rosa County

Typically, people are arrested for drug crimes after they are stopped for a civil infraction such as speeding or running a stop sign, subsequent to the stop, the officer searches the car and finds drugs. Depending on where the drugs were found in the car, the case against you might be very weak. One of the most important legal distinctions when charged with a drug crime is the difference between actual possession and constructive possession. Actual possession is when the drugs are found on your person or in the immediate vicinity, i.e., in your pocket, your shoe or the wallet in your back pocket. Constructive possession, on the other hand, is when the drugs are found under your front seat or scattered around your home or vehicle. To prove constructive possession, the State Attorney must prove (1) that you had control over the drugs and (2) had knowledge of the drugs. We will defend your Okaloosa County, Walton County, and Santa Rosa County Drug Charge.

Our firm has handled Okaloosa County, Walton County, and Santa Rosa County drug charges ranging from misdemeanor possession charges to serious trafficking cases. We are well versed in the drug laws and closely analyze your particular case to determine whether the State Attorney can prove your guilt. In fact, we typically file a Motion to Suppress in cases involving constructive possession, knowing that the State Attorney will have a difficult time proving their case.

The consequences of a drug conviction are serious and life changing. For example, a conviction of a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge will automatically impose a 2 year driver’s license suspension. A conviction of a felony drug crime will mean you are a convicted felon and you will lose the right to vote and bear arms and there may be restrictions on your travel.

If you have been arrested for drug charges in Okaloosa County, Walton County, and Santa Rosa County, then you have a lot at stake. That’s why it is extremely important to have a very experienced Destin criminal defense attorney on your side. Mr. Katalinic is one of the most aggressive criminal defense lawyers in Okaloosa County, Walton County, and Santa Rosa County and has handled all types of drug cases including, sale of drugs, manufacture of drugs, drug trafficking, as well as simple possession.

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