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:
- 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
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.