Tampa Drug Possession Attorney
Arrested for a Drug Crime? We Can Help.
Drug possession is a
criminal offense that occurs when someone who did not sell, distribute, or manufacture,
is found with a controlled substance. In most cases, a drug possession
arrest arises when law enforcement believes the individual has the substance
for personal use. Although possession is not as harshly punished as other
drug crimes, such as manufacturing or distribution, it can lead to fines
and incarceration. Subsequent offenses may be subject to stricter penalties.
If you’ve been arrested, contact a Tampa drug possession attorney
from Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, Attorneys at Law today.
What Are the Penalties for Drug Possession in Florida?
The type and amount of controlled substance determines the penalties for
drug possession in Florida. In misdemeanor cases, the degree of the charge
will determine certain elements of the sentence. For example:
- Second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by one year of incarceration
- First-degree misdemeanors are punishable by two years in prison
- Third-degree felony possession is punishable by five years in prison and
a $5,000 fine
- Second-degree felony possession is punishable by a $10,000 fine and up
to 15 years in prison
Defendants with prior violent crime or felony convictions could face additional
penalties. To learn about the specific penalties you could face, speak
with a Tampa drug possession lawyer at Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez.
Possible Defense for Drug Possession in Florida
Every case is different. That’s why our team provides tailored defense
strategies for each client. One possible defense is lack of knowledge.
If you were unaware that the substance was controlled, prosecutors may
not be able to make a case for possession. Other defenses include a valid
medical prescription for the substance, entrapment by law enforcement,
or unlawful search and seizure by police.
Get Peace of Mind with the Right Lawyer on Your Side
If you were arrested,
contact Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez. We have more than 75 years of combined experience helping clients like
you. Your first consultation with an attorney is free, so call our office
to schedule yours today.