DRUG CRIMES


DRUG POSSESSION IN FLORIDA

Throughout the state of Florida, dozens of people are arrested daily for possession of drugs. Even the simple possession of small amounts of marijuana or cocaine can have severe and life altering penalties. While a majority of drug possession arrests involve marijuana and cocaine, individuals are also arrested for possession of several other types of substances including heroin, M.D.M.A., L.S.D., and methamphetamines. Individuals are also arrested for possession of common prescription drugs like Xanax, Oxycodone, and Vicodin—when it is alleged that they did not have a prescription. Typically, the possession of illegal or controlled substances is a felony, with the exception of less than 20 grams of marijuana—which is a misdemeanor.  See the chart below to find out the corresponding penalty for possession of different controlled substances.  Read more…

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE

Possession with Intent to Distribute in Florida is a very serious crime with very serious consequences. The punishment associated with the distribution of drugs is typically much harsher than simple drug possession. When deciding whether or not to charge a suspect with this offense, law enforcement officers typically look for circumstances and factors that indicate not only the possession of drugs, but also the sale or distribution of them. Such things include the amount or quantity of the substance found, packaging materials found on the suspect or in his/her dominion or control, scales, large amounts of cash, and guns or other weapons.  Read more…

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA

If you or a loved one have been arrested or charged with possession of marijuana, you should know that that there may be serious consequences.  Call Tampa criminal attorney William B. Wynne today for a free consultation.  Under Florida law, a conviction for possession of marijuana is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in the county jail.  Additionally, a conviction will result in a two year driver’s license suspension.  The authorities may also seize certain property, and you may not be able to obtain federal student loans to pay for your education.  This ban on obtaining federally funded student loans may apply even if the judge and/or prosecutor agree to withhold adjudication on the charge.  Read more…

POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA

Possession of Paraphernalia, is a common misdemeanor that usually, but not always, accompanies a drug possession charge. Any object that is used with the intention to facilitate drug use can be classified as drug paraphernalia. Typical examples include pipes, bongs, syringes, rolling papers, and scales. Florida law mandates a list of certain factors that should be considered in determining whether an object is in fact drug paraphernalia. They are as follows:  Read more…

 

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