Florida Drug Laws, Charges and Defense
Florida’s mandatory drug laws are some of the most severe in the country. New legislation has banned most doctors from dispending prescription medications and has created a monthly dosage cap for pharmacies. The legislation has also increased penalties for doctors or anyone found guilty of unlawful dispensing, failure to report the loss of controlled substances, or pain medication theft.
There are various types of drug crimes:
It is charged when a person is caught with illegal drugs like cocaine, marijuana, crystal meth and others. The amount of drug should not exceed a level that is meant for personal use.Though police will try to be strict with laws;if you are caught with slightly more amount of drugs than the mentioned level skilled criminal lawyer may argue that it was for personal use you have no other intentions. Penalties are based on the quantity of drugs, so it is beneficial to argue for the reduced quantity. A simple drug possession case can be resolved with probation or drug programs.
It is referred as possession of controlled substances with intent to sell or deliver. Law officers determine this solely on the basis of amount of drugs in your possession. It is not mandatory that they need to arrest someone selling or delivering drugs. It is second degree felony offence and penalties can be up to fifteen years of prison part from heavy fines.
It is the most serious charges of the lot. Penalties attached with this trafficking are harsh and usually means a minimum jail sentence for three years. Penalty on trafficking cases depend on the quantity and the type of drug. Drug trafficking are first degree felony and may lead to even thirty years in state prison. In case of capital trafficking penalties can be of life imprisonment.
When charged with any drug crime, be it state or federal drug trafficking, drug possession, or conspiracy to possess, you could face court costs, extensive fines, probation, license suspension, or even time behind bars. Drug crimes committed in the vicinity of a public school, university, an elementary school, or to someone under the age of 18 carry more severe punishment.
Punishment for drug possession charges in Florida:
- Misdemeanor of the Second Degree: Jail time up to 60 days, and/or fines up to $500
- Misdemeanor of the First Degree: Jail time up to one year, and/or fines up to $1,000
- Felony of the Third Degree: Prison sentence up to five years, and/or fines up to $5,000
- Felony of the Second Degree: Prison sentence up to 15 years, and/or fines up to $10,000
- Felony of the First Degree: Prison sentence up to 30 years, and/or fines up to $10,000
- Life Felony: Prison sentence from 30 years up to life in prison, and/or fines up to $15,000
Drug Charges Attorney
If you face serious drug charges, lawyer Andrew Stine is experienced in attacking the government’s case against you. Drug cases often involve a confidential informant, who is usually another person who has been arrested on drug charges. By finding out who the confidential informant is—which we can in many cases—we may be able to do away with the state’s case. We can also seek to get drug evidence excluded, if the search and seizure was illegal.
Defense lawyer Andrew Stine handles all types of drug charges from simple possession to large scale trafficking of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, Oxycontyn, and other controlled substances. Being proactive in a drug case can often make the difference between facing felony or misdemeanor charges, or whether any charges are filed at all.
Free consultation 24/7: Call West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 Se habla español.