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Crystal Meth Penalties in Florida

meth-crimes_180x120-150x111South Florida needs to brace itself for what is coming ashore and being driven into the State of Florida from the Western United States, Crystal Meth. Crystal Meth or Meth is the short term for Crystal Methamphetamine. Meth can be injected, snorted or smoked.  The high or rush from Meth is very strong and provides the user, reportedly after only one use, with a life time of addiction. Users have reported that the high begins simultaneously with the use of the illegal drug and can last as long as 24 hours.  Meth users have reported that the drug provides a sense of energy or hyperactivity that is caused by stimulating the brain and central nervous system by causing dopamine levels in the brain to uncontrollable rise. The rise of dopamine levels are also naturally associated with the feeling of sex, eating and other reward senses that gets the user hooked or addicted to this highly addictive illegal drug after only one use.

Meth is a Schedule II drug, meaning it has very limited medically use and if prescribed which rarely happens, the levels given by a treating doctor are at very low levels and therefore the potency is much less and the prescription under Federal Law cannot be refilled. If you are in possession of Meth without a prescription, you face very strict sentences in the State of Florida. The sentence you face, in Florida, depends on the weight or the amount of the illegal drug you are illegally possessing when arrested by law enforcement officers.  Contacting an experienced criminal lawyer, like Florida Criminal Defense Attorney Andrew D. Stine, is the first step in finding out what defenses and punishments the Meth possessor may have and be facing.

Meth use also causes severe illness in the user and sometimes death. It is well documented, that Meth use can change the user’s outward characteristics, or the person’s physical features like their face, body weight and even their bone density. Meth users may also change the chemistry of their brain and alter their ability to reason and think clearly for their entire life. Meth is very dangerous. Meth users have a higher rate of HIV, because many users share needles that have not been cleaned and are in fact infected with the virus which leads to HIV. Meth use is not only a matter of imprisonment but possibly death for the user.

Many parents or worried family members ask what does Meth look like? Meth is more often then not a white crystalline substance. It almost looks like fine particles of table salt. How do I know if my loved one is using Meth? The signs can be rapid weight loss, mood disorders, scratching at the extremities and more often than not track marks on the skin. Many times the user will also leave behind left over aluminum foil or tin foil that has been used to cook or burn the Meth for smoking. Long term Meth users can cause their teeth to square off and severely pock their skin, especially their face.

Where does Meth come from? Most of the time illegal Meth is being cooked or made in the back of a pick-up truck, van or moving automobile in a rural area of the United States. Meth can also be made in a home or hotel room. The ingredients for making meth are easily made with over the counter products, purchased at any food store or pharmacy.  Meth is simple to produce.

What are the penalties in Florida for Meth Possession? In Florida one who possesses Meth without a prescription can receive a sentence ranging from probation to life in prison. Depending on the weight or amount of the Meth that one is in possession of depends on the level of the Felony they are facing.  Possession of Meth can range from a 3 Degree Felony punishable up to 5 years in the Department of Corrections to a 1 Degree Felony punishable by Life in The Florida Department of Corrections. If you have been arrested for a drug crime such as possession of Meth, you must contact an experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer, like Palm Beach Criminal Attorney Andrew D. Stine, so he can help you find your range of Felony and prepare you with a defense and file all applicable motions like motions to suppress, motions to dismiss and other motions helpful in your defense.

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