Gainesville Attorneys for Criminal Defense of Contraband
INTRODUCTION OF CONTRABAND
Criminal Defense Attorneys Alavi and Pozzuto provide aggressive defense for clients being investigated, prosecuted, or held by the Federal Government. If you are facing serious criminal charges and a potentially life- altering conviction, consult with a Florida criminal defense lawyer who understands the legal system, has negotiated tough solutions with prosecutors, and has the dedication to provide solid, practical advice throughout an overwhelming ordeal. The attorneys at The AP Law Group in Ocala, Gainesville, and surrounding areas can help you if you have been charged with Introduction of Contraband. Tania Alavi and Andrew Pozzuto have over 55 years combined experience of defending citizens against criminal charges in the state of Florida.
THE STAKES ARE VERY HIGH IN FEDERAL COURT
When facing a contraband charge, you need a defense attorney with federal criminal court experience. We have a proven track record representing clients facing ongoing investigation by federal authorities and those facing criminal charges in federal Court
INTRODUCTION OF CONTRABAND IN FLORIDA
Under Florida law, it is a criminal offense to knowingly introduce contraband such as drugs, weapons, cell phones and other prohibited items into a county detention facility or jail. Introduction of contraband is classified as a third-degree felony, with penalties that may include additional jail time and prison.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED CONTRABAND?
As defined under Section 951.22, Florida Statutes, Under the Law, the term “contraband” encompasses a wide variety of prohibited items, including:
- Unauthorized currency coin
- Prohibited food or clothing
- Cell phones
- Unauthorized written or recorded communications
- Intoxicating beverages
- Narcotic, hypnotic, or excitative drugs
- Other drugs, including nasal inhalants, sleeping pills, barbiturates, or any controlled substances
- Firearms, or any other object that may be or is intended to be used as a dangerous weapon
- Any instrumentality that may be or is intended to be used as an aid in an escape
WHAT IS NEEDED FOR A CHARGE OF INTRODUCTION OF CONTRABAND?
There are two elements that must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt:
A) That the defendant introduced the contraband into, knowingly possessed contraband in, gave contraband to an inmate, took contraband from, or attempted to take contraband from a county detention facility.
B) The defendant did not do so through regular channels as duly authorized by the sheriff or officer in charge of the facility.
CONTACT A FLORIDA CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR AN INTRODUCTION OF CONTRABAND CHARGE
It is extremely important to consult with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as you discover that you are under investigation for a state or federal criminal charge. Contact The AP Law Group to discuss your case at 352-732-9191.