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Are you facing drug-related charges in Florida? You are probably anxious, confused, and concerned about your future, and you should be! Drug crimes in Florida carry harsh penalties, whether they involve trafficking, selling, possession, or more. Crimes involving prescription drugs, meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs can have serious consequences for your future and can be prosecuted both state and federally. Your future can be aggressively protected with the right defense. Our skilled Florida drug crime attorney at Lee Law Firm have decades of combined experience. We are committed to each of our clients, treating them with the dignity and individual attention required to achieve the best possible results on their behalf.
Drug Crimes And Their consequences
Penalties may be classified as misdemeanors or felonies, with varying degrees of severity, depending on the type of crime committed.
The following are examples of common drug crimes:
- Delivering a controlled substance
- Manufacturing a controlled substance
- Trafficking a controlled substance
- Possessing a controlled substance
- Possessing a controlled substance with the intent to sell, manufacture, or distribute a controlled substance
- Obtaining a controlled substance fraudulently
- Prescribing a controlled substance fraudulently
Other drug-related offences are classified according to their location, such as near a school or childcare facility. For drug crime convictions, harsh prison sentences and hefty fines are common in Florida.
Definition And Penalties
Moreover, according to Florida Statutes Section 893.13(1)(a), “a person may not sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to possess, sell, manufacture, or deliver, a controlled substance,” such as cannabis, cocaine, or heroin.
Violations of this section can result in a second or third-degree felony charge, depending on the type of controlled substance involved. Possession of cannabis, a Schedule 1 substance, with the intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver is a third-degree felony. Possessing cocaine, a Schedule 2 substance, with the intent to distribute, manufacture, or deliver is a second-degree felony. Those charged with a third-degree felony face up to five years in prison. Individuals charged with a second-degree felony face up to fifteen years in prison.
However, to prove that a person possessed a controlled substance with the intention to possess, sell, manufacture, or deliver, the prosecutor must build 3 elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- The defendant possessed a certain substance intending to possess, manufacture, sell or deliver it;
- Secondly the substance is a controlled substance as defined in Florida Statute Section 893.03; and
- Lastly the defendant had knowledge of the controlled substance.
According to Florida law, the term “sell” refers to the act of delivering or transferring something to another individual in exchange for something of value or money, or a promise to provide something of value or money. Possession means that the alleged offender had the right of ownership, management, or control over the thing possessed or had personal charge over it.
Contact Lee Law Firm For A Skilled Florida Drug Crimes Attorney!
Our team of skilled Florida drug crimes attorneys at Lee Law Firm in Miami Gardens, FL has successfully defended the rights of numerous clients facing drug crime charges. We can ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process and that you are not subjected to unfair charges.
Our attorneys have been named to the 2012 Florida Super Lawyers® for criminal defense, and have received 10.0 superb Avvo ratings. We understand how to protect your future. When it comes to defending our clients, we are skilled, experienced, tenacious, and unyielding. Our Miami Gardens, FL Criminal Defense Attorneys work tirelessly to exploit flaws in the prosecution’s case and develop a strategic defense for our clients. Furthermore, our record of success in and out of the courtroom speaks for itself.