Florida Drug Possession and Trafficking Criminal Offences and Penalties

It can be overwhelming to face a drug trafficking or possession crime in Florida. If you have been contacted by the police about a possible crime or drug investigation, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney to protect your rights.

What is a drug possession or trafficking crime?

Florida drug crimes include any crime involving the use of drugs or the manufacture of drugs. In Florida, it is illegal to be in possession of any kind of drug. You can be charged with Florida drug trafficking crimes depending on how much drug you are found in possession of. The amount of the drug in your possession is what determines the distinction.

You can be charged for a number of drug crimes, including:

  • Drug Possession
  • Possession of drugs with the intent to sell
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Conspiracy to sell drugs
  • Cultivation Marijuana

If A Law Enforcement officer asks to search your car:

  • Say no. You have the right not to allow a search on your person or vehicle.
  • If you are stopped by the police and they ask to search your vehicle or ask you to get out, politely tell them that you don’t consent to the search.
  • Even if the officer asks to search your vehicle, you should decline. You have the right to refuse the search. It’s possible that someone else may have accidentally or intentionally left drugs in your vehicle. You might think it’s a small thing to consent to a car search, but you’ll be held responsible if anything is found in your vehicle, even if you didn’t put it there.
  • You can politely refuse to allow an officer to search your phone.

Examples of drug possession and trafficking charges:

Below are some examples of the types of substances Attorney Roderman is familiar with:

  • Marijuana Drug Possession Charges
  • Marijuana Drug Trafficking Charges
  • Heroin Possession Charges
  • Heroin Drug Trafficking Charges
  • Possession of Oxycodone Drug Charges
  • Oxycodone Drug trafficking charges
  • Cocaine Drug Possession Charges
  • Cocaine Drug Trafficking Charges
  • Crystal Meth Drug Possession Charges
  • Crystal Meth Drug Trafficking charges
  • Xanax Drug Possession charges

Florida Drug Possession Penalties and Consequences

Florida has some of the most severe penalties for drug crimes. Drug possession charges can escalate quickly to Drug Trafficking charges depending on the number of drugs you are found in possession. You could face a lower-level penalty of up to a year in prison and a fine of $1,000. The higher level penalties can range from 30 years in prison or even life imprisonment and fines close to $1 million.

The severity of the consequences depends on the drug that you have and the quantity of the drug that you are found to be in possession of.

Drug Possession Prison and Jail Consequences

  • One year imprisonment can be imposed for drug possession crimes.
  • However, drug trafficking crimes can result in 15 or 30 years of state prison.

Florida Drug Possession Fines

  • The fine for drug possession can be up to $1,000.
  • However, drug trafficking crimes can result in fines of up to $750,000.

Drug Possession Consequences Based On The Drug And Amount

Are you arrested for marijuana or weed possession in Florida?
You could be charged with a misdemeanor of the first degree or a felony of the third degree.

    • Less than 20 g of weed is a misdemeanor in the first degree punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.
    • In Florida, marijuana in excess of 20 grams is a third-degree felony. You could be sentenced to up to five years in prison, and you’ll have to pay up to $5,000 in fines.
    • If you have more than 25 pounds of marijuana, you are guilty of a first-degree felony in Florida. You will be sentenced to a mandatory three-year prison term and a fine of $25,000
  • Are you facing charges for oxycodone in Florida? You could be facing a third-degree felon, which means you could face up to five years in prison or $5,000 in fines.
    You are charged with a third-degree crime. If you have less than 28 grams of marijuana you could be sentenced to up to five years in prison, and you may also have to pay a fine up to $5,000.
    Arrested for cocaine possession in Florida?

    • If you are arrested with more than 28 grams of cocaine, you will be charged with a first-degree felon in Florida. This is accompanied by a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years in jail and a fine of $50,000.
      Arrested for heroin possession in Florida?
      If you are found to have less than four grams of marijuana at the time of arrest, you may be guilty of a third-degree felony. This could lead to up to five years in prison, and fines of up to $5,000.

      • If you possess 4-14 grams of heroin, you may be guilty of a first-degree felony for drug trafficking. You could face a minimum of 15 years in prison as well as a $1,000 fine.
      • If you possess more than 28 grams, you may be guilty of a first-degree felony. You could face 25 years in prison as well as a fine of $500,000 and you could also be charged with a drug trafficking offense. You could even be sentenced to life in jail if you have more than 28 grams of heroin.

You can see that if you’re facing charges of drug possession or trafficking in Florida, you could face some serious criminal consequences. It is important to protect your rights and future and hire a criminal defense attorney with experience in drug possession and trafficking.

Drug Possession, Drug Trafficking Charges In Florida

It can be a daunting experience to be charged with a crime, especially if it affects your future and livelihood.