Florida Drug Offenses

The use of drugs is often considered by Florida law enforcement to be the reason behind many other crimes that are committed in the state. Due to this fact, the state of Florida imposes strict penalties on drug-related activity, including drug possession, drug dealing, or drug trafficking.

The facts and circumstances of your case may change your ultimate sentence for any of the above drug-related offenses. If drugs are involved, defending yourself against the penalties that you may face becomes a very complex and complicated case to deal with in the state of Florida. Your entire case can be won or lost depending on just a few facts that are relevant to your personal situation.

Drug-related offenses in the state of Florida may be divided into four (4) general charges:

  • Possession - possession of a controlled substance in the state of Florida is a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
  • Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver - in almost all cases is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
  • Dealing (sale or delivery) - also a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
  • Trafficking/Conspiracy to Traffic - are both first degree felonies punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Posession with Intent to Deliver and Delivery may carry certain minimum mandatory prison terms. All Trafficking and Conspiracy to Traffic in Controlled Substances charges carry with them minimum mandatory prison terms ranging from 3 years, 7 years, 15 years, and 25 year minimum mandatories.

Retaining a Florida criminal defense attorney with the skill, knowledge, experience and ability to defend your case is a must if you have any hope of avoiding the severe penalties that accompany drug crime offenses in the state of Florida. As a former state prosecutor in Hillsborough County from 1986 - 1993 and a private criminal attorney defending the accused for the last 17 years, I have the experience necessary to defend you in this difficult time. This experience gives me the insight and foresight to aggressively defend you in your personal situation. If you have been arrested for a drug-related offense in the state of Florida, time is of the essence. Call my personal cell phone 24/7 at (813) 404-2013, or CLICK HERE TO CLAIM YOUR FREE DRUG OFFENSE CASE REVIEW.

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