A Vigorous Defense For Drug Possession Charges
Facing any drug charges in Florida is a serious issue and one that requires a skilled legal defense. Although drug possession is often the lowest level of state or federal drug charges, it still carries hefty penalties. The line between possession and possession with intent to distribute is a fine one, and often the only difference is the amount of a specific substance in question.
The criminal defense lawyers at Mandell Law will help you understand your drug possession charges and any other criminal charge you might face. We provide a personalized approach to your case, working one-on-one with you at every step and vigorously defending you in court.
Penalties For Possession Of A Controlled Substance
Like many states, Florida bases its drug laws on the federal controlled substances laws. Those laws distinguish different drugs by their perceived danger to society, based on the likelihood of addiction and whether they provide any useful medical purpose. They are separated into five schedules, with the most dangerous drugs on Schedule I. The penalties for a possession charge depend upon several factors, including to which schedule the drug in question belongs.
In Florida, possession of even a small amount of any drug aside from marijuana is a felony, punishable by five years in prison and a fine of $5,0000. You could also face:
- Drug counseling and testing
- Community service
- Driver’s license revocation
You can be charged with possession at the federal level, but it’s not likely unless the amount in question rises to the level of possession with intent to distribute.
Drug Court And Diversion Programs
If you are facing a first-offense possession offense charged as a third-degree felony, you may qualify for a diversion program in drug court. This program is geared toward people with a substance abuse problem and allows you to go through probation and counseling rather than the more serious penalties of jail time and hefty fines. If you successfully complete the program, the court will dismiss your charges.
Understanding Florida Marijuana Laws
Although attitudes and state laws regarding marijuana have changed dramatically across the country in recent decades, recreational marijuana remains illegal in Florida and under federal law. Florida does allow for medical use of cannabis, but its use is strictly limited, and any other possession is still illegal. Possession of less than 20 grams is a misdemeanor, but anything over that is a felony.
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If you are facing drug possession charges, the sooner you start building your defense the better. Contact our office in Orlando today to get started. You can send an online message or call 407-349-8021. Se habla español.