5 Sep. 2016

Drug Crimes & Penalties in Florida

Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

Drug laws in Florida are some of the strictest in the nation. Drug possession, or possession of unlawful chemicals that are used to manufacture drugs, is a criminal offense that requires serious legal representation. If you have been accused of a drug crime in Florida, it is urgent that you get in touch with a Tampa criminal defense lawyer at Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, Attorneys at Law.

Illicit substances that could result in a drug possession charge include, but are not limited to:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamines
  • Prescription pills

Possession of Prescription Pills

Prescription pill abuse has become a huge problem in Florida and throughout the nation. Individuals who have been found in possession of drugs that are only legal with a valid prescription can still face criminal charges. These charges can be enhanced if there is sufficient evidence that the individual planned to distribute drugs to others. Doctors may also face criminal charges if they are found to have been operating a “pill mill” in which they write prescriptions for people without a legitimate medical need.

Penalties for Drug Possession in Florida

If you are caught in possession of a controlled substance, you may be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances (the type of drug, how much you possessed, and your number of past offenses). If convicted of drug possession, you may face the following penalties:

  • Up to one year of incarceration for a second-degree misdemeanor
  • Up to two years in prison for a first-degree misdemeanor
  • Up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000 for a third-degree felony
  • Up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for a second-degree felony

A drug crime could have long-lasting repercussions, so don’t risk the outcome of your case by failing to retain qualified legal representation. Do not delay in scheduling a free consultation with a Tampa drug crime attorney at our firm for trusted guidance on what to do next. We’re here to guide you through the entire process, ensuring that your rights are protected every step of the way.

Call our firm today at (813) 774-3341 to get started.

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