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Federal law explicitly prohibits the possession of schedule I, II, III, IV, or V drugs, as do the state laws of Florida. In addition to possession, manufacture, distribution, and sale are also all prohibited. When charged with a drug crime in Florida, the penalties may be harsh, depending on the type of drug involved, the amount of the drug, and the specific alleged criminal activity. As soon as you are charged, you should contact the team at the Baez Law Firm for a free case consultation regarding your rights under the law, our experienced Orlando drug crime lawyers can help.
Drug Crimes in Florida
The following acts are prohibited under Florida state law:
- Possession. The possession of a controlled substance in Florida is illegal. Possession is the most common type of drug crime, and refers to the possession of a controlled substance in a quantity that is sufficient for personal use (or distribution), and without a prescription.
- Manufacture. More serious than possession is manufacturer, or the creation or cultivation of a controlled substance. This might include the cultivation of marijuana leaves – one of the more common drug manufacturing crimes – as well as the laboratory creation of methamphetamines, LSD, cocaine, etc.
- Distribution. Also known as trafficking, distribution means that the person in possession of the drugs gives the drugs to another person, typically in exchange for monetary funds. Penalties for trafficking are dependent upon where and to whom the drug is being sold (penalties are harsher for selling to minors), the type of drug being sold, and the amount of drug being sold.
Defenses to Drug Crimes
There are a few defenses to drug crimes in Florida that may be employed during criminal proceedings. These include:
- Prescription use. In some cases, a person may be in possession of a controlled substance because they have a prescription allowing them to do so.
- Unlawful search. If the drugs were found by the police at a time that they were conducting an unlawful search and seizure, charges against you may be dropped.
- Lack of knowledge. A person who is charged with possession may argue that they did not know that the drugs were on their person or property.
How Can an Lawyer Help Me?
Being charged with a drug crime is no joke, and without a proper defense, the penalties against you may be harsher than they would be otherwise. Your lawyer is responsible for:
- Building your defense;
- Informing you of your rights;
- Representing you during the judicial process;
- Helping to you understand charges against you and possible penalties;
- Presenting your case to the court;
- Working with the prosecution; and
- Advocating for you every step of the way.
Call Our Orlando Drug Crime Lawyers Today
Do not put your future at risk if you have been charged with drug crimes. Serving Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and surrounding areas, the experienced Orlando drug crime lawyers of the Baez Law Firm are ready to get to work on your case today. Call us as soon as possible so that we can get started.
Your first consultation with us is free – you can schedule yours now by calling 800-588-BAEZ. We speak Spanish!