Arrested for a Drug Crime? We Can Fight for You.

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.


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