Hiring an Indian River County Criminal Attorney
A traffic stop involving a 28-year-old Miami man in Indian River County resulted in the seizure of about $150,000 of narcotics. The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office reported that detectives in Palm Bay told them that they were following a vehicle into Indian River County, and that the driver was thought to be trafficking either fentanyl or heroin from South Florida. The detectives stopped the vehicle, and its driver abruptly fled the scene. A second traffic stop was attempted, but the driver refused to stop, and the pursuit was terminated. The vehicle was then located by the Indian River County Sheriff’s helicopter, and a final traffic stop was made.
Trafficking in Fentanyl
Sheriff’s officials said that upon searching the vehicle, $2,706 in cash was found along with one kilo of a fentanyl and heroin mixture. The estimated street value of the mixture was estimated to be $150,000. The quantity and purity of the drugs seized was characterized as being “beyond deadly” by the Indian County Sheriff. The driver of the car was charged with trafficking fentanyl and felony fleeing and eluding. Bond was set at $53,500. According to Indian River County criminal attorney Jonathan Jay Kirschner, Florida Statute 893.135 states that a person who is in actual or constructive possession of 28 grams or more of a substance containing fentanyl could be found guilty of a felony in the first degree. He or she could be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 25 years and ordered to pay a fine of $500,000.
Felony Fleeing and Eluding
Mr. Kirschner further advises that felony fleeing and eluding can be charged at a minimum of a felony in the third degree that is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. A defendant’s driver’s license can be suspended for up to five years. If high speeds or reckless driving are involved, the crime can be upgraded to a felony in the second degree that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000. The same driver’s license suspension provisions apply.
Indian River County Criminal Attorney Jay Kirshcner
Indian River County criminal lawyer Jonathan J. Kirschner has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a criminal trial lawyer for nearly 25 years. Upon being arrested for any drug crime or allegations of fleeing and eluding, contact Jonathan Jay Kirschner & Associates at 772-489-8501. Remember that the prosecution has the burden of proving you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Jonathan Jay Kirschner is going to hold the prosecution to that burden.