Have you or a loved one been charged with a drug crime in Florida? If so, it is critical to ask fast to understand your rights and get an advocate on your side to help.
Drug crimes in Florida typically arise when an individual is charged with an offense that violates the Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act. This law was passed by the Florida legislature to prevent drug abuse, trafficking and manufacturing of illegal drugs throughout the state.
There are a wide range of drug abuse crimes in Florida. The penalties related to these charges will vary depending on the facts of the case and the severity of the charge.
If you have been charged with a drug offense contacting a drug offense attorney is an important first step to successfully fighting these charges. Call us at 877-663-5110 to talk to an attorney about drug charge defense.
What are Common Drug Charges in Florida?
There are a number of drug offenses in Florida that an individual can be charged with. The list of charges and explanations below is not exhaustive; however it does provide an overview of drug offenses that our attorneys commonly defend against.
- Possession of a controlled substance: occurs when an individual is charged with being in actual possession or constructive possession of a controlled substance. Actual possession means that the drug was in the individuals clothing or on the individual’s body. Constructive possession means that the drug was not on the individuals body but that it was in a location and where an individual had the intent to possess the drug, that they knew the drug was in their presence and that they had an opportunity take control of the drug.
- Possession with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver a controlled substance: occurs when an individual is believed to have possessed an unlawful drug with the intent to sale or distribute the drug.
- Trafficking of any controlled substance: is not determined by the sale or delivery of a drug. This criminal charge is determined by the amount of drug that is found at the time of arrest. For example, if a person is found in possession of the following amount of drugs in the categories below, they will be charged with trafficking of a controlled substance:
1 gram of LSD;
28 grams of cocaine;
4 grams of Oxycodone/Hydrocodone; and
25 pounds of marijuana.
- Unlawful sale of a controlled substance: Florida law prohibits a person to sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, a controlled substance. Some prescription drugs are also included in the list of controlled substances. The law further prohibits the sale of these substances within 1000 feet of a child care facility, elementary or middle school, municipal park or community center.
Types of Drug Possession and Charges
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of Cocaine
- Possession of Methamphetamine
- Charged with Delivery of Drugs
- Manufacturing Controlled Substances
- Possession of MDMA or “Molly”
- Possession of Synthetic Drugs
Contacting a Drug Criminal Defense Attorney
Drug offenses are serious charges in Florida; if convicted, you could face imprisonment, large fines, and a permanent criminal record. At the Falk & Ross Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of residents accused of committing criminal offenses. To learn how we can help, and to receive a complimentary consultation on your Miami or other Florida case, call a drug defense attorney at 877-663-5110 today or schedule a free consultation online.