An Overview Of Methamphetamine (Meth) Possession Charges In Florida
Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful and addictive stimulant. It is considered to be a drug of abuse under federal law and state law. A person who is discovered in unlawful possession of meth in Florida could face a serious felony charge that is punishable by significant prison time. In this blog post, our Orlando drug crimes defense attorney provides a comprehensive overview of the key things to understand about methamphetamine (meth) possession charges in Florida.
It is Unlawful to Possess Meth in Florida (Schedule II Controlled Substances)
Meth possession is unlawful under federal and state law. The federal government and the Florida government classify meth as a Schedule II controlled substance. A Schedule II drug is one that is viewed as having a high potential for abuse that could lead to severe mental health problems and/or physical dependence. Prosecutors must prove the following for a meth possession conviction:
- The defendant was in possession of the substance (actual or constructive);
- The substance in question was methamphetamine; and
- The defendant had knowledge of the presence of the drug.
Meth possession charges are generally filed under state law. Indeed, most drug possession offenses in Central Florida are handled as state-level crimes. However, a person could be charged with federal crime for possession of meth if they are discovered with the drug on federal property or while crossing state lines.
What are the Penalties for Possession of Meth in Florida?
Meth possession is a very serious crime in Florida. Under state law (Florida Statutes § 893.13(6)(a)), a person accused of the unlawful possession of meth can face a third degree felony offense. The crime carries maximum penalties of up to five (5) years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
A person accused of possessing a large amount of meth could face an even more serious second degree felony charge for possession with the intent to distribute. Any defendant caught with more than 14 grams of meth should be concerned about facing enhanced criminal penalties.
Defending Yourself and Protecting Your Future When Facing a Drug Charge
You have the right to defend yourself against a meth possession charge. Every person accused of a crime in Florida is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The appropriate defense strategy in a meth possession case depends on many factors, including the evidence that the prosecution has obtained. An experienced Orlando, FL drug possession defense lawyer can review the meth charges and determine the best strategy for protecting your rights and your future.
Contact Our Orlando, FL Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer Today
At The Baez Law Firm, our Orlando drug crimes defense attorney has the skills and experience to defend the full range of drug cases, including methamphetamine (meth) charges. If you or your loved one was arrested on a meth offense, you need skilled legal representation. Reach out to us by phone or contact us online to arrange your fully confidential appointment with an attorney. From our law office in Orlando, we defend drug charges in Orange County and in Central Florida.