Florida Drug Crimes Defense Attorneys
Drug possession is a crime that Florida law enforcement agencies show little or no leniency toward. Many drug possession offenses are charged as felonies, and a severe offense may result in a prison sentence of up to 25 years.
Drug possession is defined as having possession of an illegal drug either with the intention of personal use or for distribution. Illegal drugs can refer to cocaine, heroin, marijuana, or methamphetamines as well as illegally obtained prescription drugs. It even includes possessing, with the intention of use, over-the-counter chemicals to manufacture illegal drugs.
The experienced attorneys at LeavenLaw are committed to protecting your rights and helping to keep you from prison. Our defense lawyers will look at many factors when evaluating your case, such as actual possession vs. constructive possession and what defenses are most workable for your specific situation.
Drug Possession in Florida
Florida law enforcement agencies and courts use a heavy hand in disciplining individuals accused of drug possession. Here are some specifics:
- It is a 2nd degree felony to possess a chemical with the knowledge, intent and purpose of manufacturing drugs. This can carry a prison sentence of 15 years.
- It is a 1st degree misdemeanor to possess less than 20 grams of cannabis (marijuana). This can result in a prison sentence of up to 1 year and a $1000 fine.
- It is a 3rd degree felony to possess over 20 grams of cannabis and can result in 5 years in state prison.
- It is a 1st degree felony to possess over 10 grams of controlled substances (such as cocaine or heroin). This can result in a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
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