Possession of Drugs
According to Fla. Stat. § 893.13, it is illegal for anyone to have possession of a controlled substance if it has not been prescribed to him or her by a doctor. A conviction of this offense can result in serious prison time and/or fines. Therefore, if you have been charged with possession of drugs, it is important that you contact an experienced drug charges attorney immediately, so that he can get started gathering evidence and developing your defense.
West Palm Beach Drug Possession Defense Lawyer
Andrew D. Stine proudly represents individuals who have been charged with possession of drugs in Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, and the surrounding areas. As a qualified drug lawyer, Stine has the legal prowess necessary to help is clients avoid the harsh penalties that are associated with their charges.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 and set up a free consultation on your possession of drugs charges. Your initial consultation will begin the process of arming you with the legal representation necessary to defend yourself against your charges.
Possession of a Controlled Substance under Florida Law
In order for an individual to be convicted of possession of a controlled substance, the prosecution must prove that the alleged offender had actual or constructive possession of the drugs. Constructive possession is harder to prove than actual possession. It means that the offender did not actually have the drug in their possession, but was aware of the presence of drugs, had the ability to possess the drug, and intended on possessing it. Actual possession means that the alleged offender had physical possession of the drug. This includes:
- Driving a vehicle with drugs in the glove compartment, center console, trunk, or anywhere else that is easily accessible.
- Having drugs in hands, clothing, very close reach, or anywhere on the body.
- Individuals can also be charged with possession of drugs if illegal drugs are found inside their home during a search and seizure.
In cases where law enforcement doesn’t follow procedure and obtains evidence illegally, it would be best to hire an experienced drug crimes lawyer who is knowledgeable about proper police procedure, and can use this knowledge to potentially have your case dismissed.
Penalties for Possession of Illegal Drugs in West Palm Beach
According to Fla. Stat. § 893.13(6), possession of illegal drugs is most often classified as a third degree felony. In certain cases, it can be classified as a first degree misdemeanor. For instance, if an individual is found to be in possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, he or she can be charged with a first degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a year of imprisonment, and/or up to a $1,000 fine.
For most other circumstances in which possession of a controlled substance is a third degree felony, an individual faces up to five years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine. If an individual is convicted of possession of a controlled substance who has been previously convicted of the same offense, he or she can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
Andrew D. Stine, P.A. | West Palm Beach Possession of Drugs Attorney
If you have been charged with possession of a controlled substance in West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Greenacres, or the surrounding areas, contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A.. Stine is a devoted drug offense lawyer who will use his knowledge and experience to potentially have your drug charges reduced or dropped all together.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 to set up a consultation on your drug charges. Your initial consultation is free, and it is a vital part of your defense against your possession of a controlled substance charges.