If you are facing drug charges stemming from allegations of possessing, selling or manufacturing unlawful substances, you could face harsh consequences. In addition to the possibility of spending time behind bars, stiff financial penalties, career problems and a shattered reputation could make life incredibly difficult and jeopardize your future.
Moreover, if you face drug charges related to an offense that took place on a college campus, you could face even harsher penalties.
The penalties for drug offenses on college campuses
According to the Florida Legislature, it is against the law to sell, deliver and manufacture illegal drugs on college campuses. It is also illegal to possess controlled substances with the intent to manufacture, deliver or sell them on a college campus. Those found in violation of this law in less than 1,000 feet of a university, private college, public college or postsecondary institution could face first-degree or second-degree felony charges, depending on the drug.
For other controlled substances, violators have to serve 100 hours of community service and pay $500 in fines, with the possibility of other penalties.
Handling drug charges that arise on a college campus
Whether you are a college student or are facing these charges because you were near a college, you need to take steps to protect your future. Some people are falsely accused of drug-related offenses, whether someone plants drugs or the allegations are completely baseless. Make sure you go over all of the details surrounding the case and carefully prepare for court. The outcome of a drug case could impact your life for years to come.