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It’s common for simple drug charges to be worsened into something they are not, leading to punishments that far outweigh the crime. At Plotnick Law, our goal is to prevent the prosecution from overzealously pursuing the harshest penalties your crime allows and to provide aggressive advocacy on your behalf.

You can get in touch with our team anytime, day or night. Call (727) 295-3558 today to schedule your free consultation.

Our attorneys are backed by 24 years of combined experience and have made a name for themselves as dedicated advocates. Our primary St. Petersburg defense attorney utilizes his background as a former prosecutor in order to anticipate the prosecution’s strategies and work to overcome them. Do not fight your case alone. Call Plotnick Law today.

Common Drug Charges in Florida

There are many different types of drug charges in Florida and the penalties vary greatly depending on the type of drug and the amount of drugs involved, among other factors. In most circumstances, you will be facing felony charges.

We regularly handle cases involving the following:

  • Drug possession: The prosecution must prove that you were actually in possession of a substance that you knew was illegal, or that you “constructively” possessed it, meaning that it was considered to be under your control due to your close proximity to it.
  • Possession of marijuana: If you possessed less than 20 grams of marijuana, you will likely be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. If you possessed more than 20 grams of marijuana, you will likely be charged with a third-degree felony.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia: Drug paraphernalia is defined as any and all materials, products, or equipment used to introduce a drug into the human body, or that would be used in any part of drug growth, production, transportation, and so on.
  • Drug trafficking: The prosecution must prove that you were involved in selling, purchasing, manufacturing, delivering, possessing, or transporting large amounts of narcotics into Florida.
  • Trafficking in prescription drugs: The prosecution must prove that you were intending to or involved in transporting and trafficking prescription drugs that you obtained without a valid prescription.
  • Drug possession with intent to sell: The prosecution must prove that you had control over a certain controlled substance and that you were intending to sell it to others.
  • Trafficking in methamphetamines: The prosecution must prove that you knowingly possessed, sold, purchased, made, delivered, or transported a minimum of 14 grams or more of methamphetamines or a mixture thereof.

Is Marijuana Legal in Florida?

Recreational marijuana is not legal in Florida. However, medical marijuana is legal so long as you have a physician certification along with it.

What is the Sentence for Possession of a Controlled Substance in Florida?

You could face up to five years in prison, up to five years of probation, and a maximum fine of $5,000. This applies to any drug in your possession which was not lawfully obtained from a practitioner or pursuant to a valid prescription.

You must also have one of the following conditions:

  • Epilepsy
  • ALS
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • PTSD
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis

Essentially, you must have a debilitating condition and your physician must determine that you would be benefitted by medical marijuana for a certain duration of time.

Let a Former Prosecutor Guide You through the Process

Don’t let any more time go by without dedicated legal help for your criminal charges. Our St. Petersburg drug crime attorneys are passionate about pursuing positive outcomes and will dedicate significant time and resources to your case. You can count on us to take the time to understand your situation and to build a case that is customized to your needs.

Contact Plotnick Law today to learn more about how we may be able to help you.

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