Being arrested and charged with a drug crime in Miami is a serious matter. Depending on the severity of the drug crime, you may find yourself not only facing a felony conviction, but also years in prison. In addition, depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest, you may also find yourself facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges at the same time. Since securing the lowest possible charge is often the best way to reduce your sentence and avoid lengthy jail time, it is critical to obtain an aggressive and experienced Miami drug crime lawyer immediately after your arrest. Miami drug crime attorney, Chad Piotrowski, will help you contest your Miami drug crime charge, so you can focus on your future.


Drug Possession

Although being arrested and charged with drug possession is the least serious drug charge, it is still a very serious offense, with far-reaching consequences. Being caught in possession of any illegal drug is considered drug possession, as long as the amount of the drug does not exceed a level that constitutes “personal use”. Even if the police believe that the amount of drugs in your possession signifies a much more serious crime, an experienced Miami drug crime lawyer may be able to convince the courts otherwise.

In Miami and throughout the State of Florida, the penalties for drug possession depend on both the amount and type of drugs in your possession. In addition, prior criminal activity and the circumstances of your arrest play a large role in the penalties and prison time you may face. In general, persons accused of drug possession in Miami face a third-degree felony with a maximum prison sentence of 5 years. For those in possession of a small amount of marijuana, however, the drug crime is only considered a misdemeanor.

Drug Sales

Anyone who is in possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, deliver, or manufacture that substance may be charged with a drug sale. The amount of drugs in your possession, the type of drugs in your possession, and the circumstances surrounding your arrest all play a vital role in determining whether you are charged with a drug sale or simply drug possession. Unfortunately, police officials do not have to actually catch you in the act of selling drugs, i.e. a hand-to hand transaction, in order to arrest you. Simply possessing a large quantity of drugs on your person, in your car, or in your apartment, or possessing a certain amount of drugs individually packaged is enough evidence for the cops to raise the charges to drug sales. When being investigated for possession with intent to sell, any statement you make could change an arrest for possession into an arrest for a drug sale.

Drug Sales are almost always second degree felonies punishable by up to 15 years in state prison.

Drug Trafficking

Drug Trafficking is taken very seriously in Florida. Based on the quantity of drugs in your possession you can be charged with drug trafficking and face heavy minimum mandatory prison sentences. Along with the lengthy prison sentences, a person convicted of drug trafficking could face fines up to $250,000. The most common drug trafficking in Miami-Dade County is Cannabis or Cocaine.


Cannabis Trafficking or “Grow Houses”

  • If you possess more than 25 lbs. or 300 plants, but less than 2,000 lbs or 2,000 plants you face a 3 year minimum mandatory prison sentence.
  • If you possess more than 2,000 lbs. or 2,000 plants, but less than 10,000 lbs., or 10,000 plants you face a 7 year minimum mandatory prison sentence.
  • If you possess more than 10,000 lbs., or 10,000 plants you face a 15 year minimum mandatory prison sentence.

Cocaine Trafficking

  • If you possess 28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams you face a 3 year minimum mandatory prison sentence.
  • If you possess 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams you face a 7 year minimum mandatory prison sentence.
  • If you possess 400 grams or more, but less than 150 kilograms you face a 15 year minimum mandatory prison sentence.
  • If you possess 150 kilograms or more you face life in prison.

If you are charged with armed drug trafficking you face a 10-year minimum mandatory sentence in addition to the minimum mandatory sentence for the amount.

Drug trafficking is considered a first-degree felony, and depending on the amount and quantity of drugs in your possession, mandatory sentences can be up to life in state prison.


If you want to effectively beat the drug charges against you or avoid the minimum mandatory prison sentences, then it is imperative that you contact an experienced and veteran Miami drug crime lawyer immediately after your arrest. Perhaps the police violated your rights or performed an illegal search? Miami drug crime attorney, Chad Piotrowski, will investigate all angles of your drug crime case in order to build a solid and formidable defense designed to get your charges reduced or suspended altogether. As a former prosecutor, Miami drug crime lawyer Chad Piotrowski, worked closely with undercover officers, crime suppression units, DEA, Special Response Team (“SRT” or SWAT), and officers assigned to the narcotics unit that dealt primarily with high level drug traffickers. As a result, he understands the complexities surrounding drug crimes.

If you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with a drug crime in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, or anywhere in the State of Florida, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Miami drug crime lawyer the moment you are arrested. Call the Law Offices of Chad Piotrowski today for a free and confidential review of your case.


If you are in trouble with the law in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, or anywhere in the State of Florida, you deserve a solid legal defense. Former prosecutor, Chad Piotrowski, is dedicated to protecting clients against criminal charges in Miami and all over the State of Florida. An in-depth understanding of the highly sensitive nature of the legal system allows Chad Piotrowksi to handle your case with the utmost discretion and professionalism. To schedule an appointment to discuss your criminal charges, please contact the Law Offices of Chad Piotrowski today.

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[There] aren’t that many people left in this world that give you[their] word and keep it. Chad genuinely cares about the problem at hand. Whether minute or something very serious you can sit back and relax, knowing you have the best representation available. I would recommend Chad to my family and friends.

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(Jan 15, 2013) I had the distinct pleasure of working closely with Chad when we were both supervising attorneys within the Domestic Violence Unit at the State Attorney’s Office here in Miami-Dade County. We successfully tried numerous jury trials together, and I always look forward to the opportunity of working with him again on any matter. Chad is a phenomenal attorney whose training, experience, intelligence and trial skills are only matched by his commitment to excellence. He is very trustworthy, hard working, and always uses his experience to get positive results for his clients without fail. As such, Chad’s stellar reputation amongst the legal community is very well deserved.

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(Jan 8, 2018) When i first contacted through email i was suprised and impressed that he was willing to call me to discuss the case at 10pm. He was honest and real reasonable priced and didnt use agressive sales and fear tactics like other lawyers use. He treated me fairly and not like a criminal. Was falsely arrested by miami dade narc cops for preworkout supplement that they claimed was opoids and 100% cbd hemp oil that they claimed is thc oil. Chad was agressive and moved quickly got this case dismised at the araignment for a reasonable price.

– Doug (Case dismissed at araignment)

(Oct 26, 2017) I called Chad on a weekend for a free consult, he was at the park with his family, he was hired on the spot as we spoke. We researched him online extensively, read reviews etc. During the months of anxiety, Chad would call/text to explain anything or address concerns and try to calm my nerves. He doesn’t act/talk strict & binding. He’s very hands-on, experienced, knows his work, 110% trustworthy, very out-going, straight-forward tells you as it is, crack jokes, and actually keeps in communication, which is very important, because being informed helps you to understand everything as you go along. So, here you have a lawyer who is not only good at law but is a people’s person, not like some unpleasant, overpriced ones out there. We recommend Chad to ANYONE. If you’re in doubt or worried about something, trust HIM! He was also very affordable and had a very convenient payment plan. CASE DISMISSED.

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(Jan 8, 2017) Chad is an excellent attorney. As a working parent I was not able to be at court to support my daughter while going through criminal charges. Chad was there every single time supporting my daughter by keeping her informed, by contacting her previous attorneys from out of State to reduce her case from criminal to civil. There are no words I can ever express to convey my gratitude.
Thank you Chad

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(Jan 6, 2016) I had three trumped up felony charges over something that should have been a police warning at most and the prosecution really, really wanted to pin on me.
Chad went above and beyond both in how he treated me and how he handled the case. My life isn’t ruined right now because of him. He got everything DISMISSED while every other attorney i spoke to were happy to take whatever offer they were given, still leaving me with a ruined record.
Chad, thank you, hiring you was the best decision I’ve ever made.

– Raymond

(Dec 4, 2013) Chad was fantastic. I had a felony case, and as my first offense, I was scared and confused on the entire process. I am glad I choose Chad to represent me, after speaking with so many lawyers. He was honest and detailed from the beginning. He got my case dismissed.

– Anonymous

If you need a lawyer in Miami I suggest you go with Chad Piotrowski. He was very adamant about beating my case. He put in maximum effort into my case. He mad me feel comfortable and confident the entire way throughout my case. In the end he fought to get me the very possible outcome. I would definitely retain his services again and recommend him to friends and family. Thank you Chad.

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