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Drug Charges

A DRUG CONVICTION CAN HAVE DEVASTATING EFFECTS

Getting arrested on drug charges in the State of Florida can have serious consequences. A conviction for a marijuana blunt or a baggy of less than 20 grams can affect your current and future employment. It can also result in your driver’s license being suspended for 12 months per conviction. That’s why it is extremely important to have an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney advocating on your behalf. Mr. McLeod has handled all types of drug cases including: drug trafficking, simple drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, sale of drugs, manufacturing of drugs, and marijuana grow house cases to name a few.

Drug charges involve illegal narcotics ranging from marijuana to methamphetamine and also encompass prescription drugs such as Hydrocodone, Lortab or Oxycontin.

Listed below are a few examples of drug crimes that Lawyer Kyle McLeod handles:

  • Possession of less than 20 grams of Marijuana / Cannabis. (Misdemeanor)
  • Possession of more than 20 grams of Marijuana / Cannabis. (Felony)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: to include a pipe, rolling papers, a weighing scale, a bong and other items associated with the use of illegal substances.
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance: to include cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, Psilocybin and other illicit drugs.
  • Drug Cultivation/Grow House: typically involving marijuana.
  • Drug Trafficking: typically involving prescription medicines, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.
  • Manufacturing of Drugs: typically involving marijuana and methamphetamine.
  • Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver: to include prescription medicine, cocaine, marijuana, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and various other controlled substances.
  • Sale or Deliver a Controlled Substance: to include prescription medicine, cocaine, marijuana, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and various other controlled substances.

If you or a family member have a drug related offense, call now for a free consultation.

probation violation

A violation of Probation can be a very serious situation

In most felony cases and some misdemeanor cases, a “No Bond” is ordered and the probationer is confined to jail until the resolution of the case which can grind out for many months. In a violation of probation in Florida, the prosecutor has a much lower burden of proof in a hearing and if the probationer is found to be in a willful and substantive violation of probation, they can be sentenced up to the statutory maximum period of time in jail or prison. Also, the defendant is not entitled to a jury trial, only a hearing in front of a judge who will be the trier of fact and decide as to whether a violation of probation occurred. For these reasons it is important that a person charged with a violation of probation be represented by an experienced attorney that knows how to handle these cases. Mr. McLeod represents individuals charged with violations of probation throughout the State of Florida to include Columbia, Hamilton, Madison, Lafayette and Suwannee Counties.

DUI

A DUI can be devastating to your life as you know it

Attorney Kyle McLeod, has successfully represented clients arrested and charged with a DUI. DUI is frequently an offense that happens to many different individuals across all walks of life. Mr. McLeod will use his prior experience as a State Prosecutor to fight your DUI case. A DUI conviction is permanent and will result in a suspended driver’s license. However, a close review of the practice and procedures employed in your case by law enforcement by an experienced criminal defense attorney could lead to your case being dismissed or reduced to a less serious offense.  That may also result in your license not being suspended. Call today for a free consultation.

Battery / Domestic Violence

A battery charge can arise from something as minor as touching someone against their will

A battery could arise by throwing an object at a person; or a battery could occur when someone is punched, kicked or shoved.

Many times the victim will petition or call the prosecution to dismiss the charges. There is a common misunderstanding by defendants that the State Attorney’s Office will drop the case just because a victim requests to have the case dismissed.

In these matters, an experienced and aggressive attorney can be beneficial to you by advocating for the case to be dismissed on your behalf. Call today for a free consultation.

SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC FESTIVALS & CONCERTS

Mr. McLeod defends those that are arrested and charged with drug related offenses originating at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground is located on the banks of the Suwannee River in Suwannee County in close proximity to the city of Live Oak, Florida. The music park is open for camping, hiking, canoeing, cabin rentals and golf carting. Lawyer Kyle McLeod’s office is located in Downtown Live Oak, Florida, just minutes from the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

The events at the Spirit of the Suwannee (SOS) Music Park include: Suwannee HULAWEEN 2016 (the string cheese incident), the Aura Music & Arts Festival, Zach Deputy’s, Suwannee Disc Jam, Suwannee Springfest, the Wanee Music Festival, Tipper, the Suwannee River Jam, Purple Hatter’s Ball, Tropical Nights Rocks the Suwannee, the Magnolia Festival and the Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival.

Many people travel from out of town and visit the music park to enjoy one of the many music festivals that are held at the SOS music park. Some of these visitors may encounter law enforcement during their visit at the park and are typically arrested on drug related offenses. Some people arrested at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park involve the following people getting booked into the Suwannee County Jail on these cases:

  • Possession of Cannabis / Marijuana
  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Possession of Ecstasy
  • Possession of Psilocybin (mushrooms)
  • Possession of MDMA
  • Possession of Barbiturates
  • Possession of Methamphetamines
  • Possession of LSD
  • Possession of Hashish
  • Possession of Percocet
  • Possession of Lortab
  • Possession of Adderall
  • Possession of Ritalin
  • Possession of Hydrocodone
  • Possession of Morphine
  • Possession of Oxycodone
  • Possession of Xanax
  • Possession of Alprazolam

As an experienced Suwannee County criminal defense trial attorney and former Suwannee County Prosecutor, Lawyer Kyle McLeod understands that traveling to court from out-of-state may be an inconvenience or an impossibility. In many cases, it is possible to resolve a criminal charges without any court appearances. Mr. McLeod is able to resolve the matter with a series of phone calls and emails.

If you or a friend/family member have been arrested and need representation by an experienced trial attorney, call for a consultation.

Bond Reduction

NEED A MORE AFFORDABLE BOND? CALL FOR FREE CONSULT 24/7.

In Florida, almost every criminal defendant is entitled to a “reasonable” bond except for those charged with a life or capital felony – where the person’s release would create a serious danger to the public or the person is likely to fail to appear for court.

The purpose of bond is to ensure that the defendant will appear for all required court dates and to protect the community from potential danger. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can file and argue for a Bond Reduction in most cases. Also, if the Attorney is able to show that the defendant has ties to the area, lacks criminal history and doesn’t pose a danger to the community, the court may likely give consideration to reducing the bond to a reasonable amount depending on the circumstances. In some unique situations the court will even set the bond at an ROR (release on own recognizance) that will not require the posting of any money.

Expunge / Seal

Getting your record expunged or sealed can be a challenge - lawyer kyle mcleod is here to help.

If you are arrested and are booked into the Suwannee County Jail, the Columbia County Jail, the Hamilton County Jail or any other jail in Florida, a booking photo (mugshot) is generally taken and posted on the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office Inmate website or the Columbia County Jail Exchange. These records and/or jail photographs can be embarrassing and they can also have a monumental impact on college, job opportunities, current employment, professional licenses, relationships and life in general. Depending on your record and nature of your criminal charges, Sealing and/or Expungment is a process that may be available to you with regards to arrest reports and in some situations, arrest mugshots on the Suwannee County Jail Inmate website or the Columbia County Jail Exchange and arrest records published in the Suwannee Democrat or Columbia County Reporter. To see if your arrest records, court records and/or booking photo (mugshot) are available for expungment or sealing, call us for a consult.