Felony possession of a controlled substance includes, among other things, possession of cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, MDMA (ecstasy), and even many drugs legally prescribed by physicians. These drugs include hydrocodone, morphine, opium, oxycodone, codeine, and alprazolam (Xanax) to name a few.
The penalties for drug & narcotics offenses in Florida vary widely depending on the type and amount of drugs discovered.
The maximum penalties are determined by the level of the offense.
The minimum penalties may be determined by the amount of drugs possessed. For certain drug offenses, possession of only a few grams will get you a minimum mandatory sentence of three years prison and a mandatory fine of $50,000.
The sale or delivery of a controlled substance is punished very severely in Florida. Law enforcement sometimes uses confidential informants or undercover officers to conduct controlled buys. In these cases, there is typically video and audio surveillance of the transaction. Even if you are not caught selling drugs, if the drugs are packaged in a manner consistent with a sale, the penalties are the same. This is called possession with intent to sell, Florida Statute Section 893.13(1)(a).
Misdemeanor drug offenses typically involve possession of cannabis (marijuana) or possession of drug paraphernalia. Although the penalties for misdemeanors are far less severe, there are consequences to any drug conviction. Many people do not realize the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will suspend your driver’s license if you are convicted of any drug offense. As of October 2019, Florida law set the length of suspension for drug offenses to six (6) months.
There are many tactics to fight drug charges. These include:
As a former prosecutor, Attorney Brandon Gans knows what issues to look for in drug cases. He will thoroughly explore all avenues of defense and strive for a dismissal of all charges.