In Florida, individuals may be charged with possession if they knowingly carry a drug or have direct control over the location where a drug is being stored. While possession is one of the most common drug related offenses, the consequences can be severe. A conviction carries the potential for decades in prison, substantial fines, and a mark on your record, affecting job opportunities and housing options. Protecting yourself from these penalties begins with contacting a Miami criminal defense lawyer from our firm. We possess more than three decades of legal experience and can help you to overcome the charges you face.
The two main types of possession charges include:
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Possession of a controlled substance can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. Specific penalties can depend on factors including the type of drug, the amount of a drug, where an offense occurred, and a defendant’s past criminal history. In Florida, drugs are grouped into five “Schedules” based on the probability of abuse and the potential medical value (or lack thereof). Schedule I substances are typically associated with the most severe penalties and include morphine and heroin. A conviction for the felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance can be punished by up to 30 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Drug crimes such as possession can also be charged on the federal level. While state law mirrors federal statutes, there are several notable differences including the type of substances in each schedule as well as the associated punishments. No two offenses are identical and if you have questions about your case, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys and get the answers you need.
Make no mistake, if you have been accused of possession then your future is on the line. Know that you do not have to face the legal system alone and our Miami criminal defense lawyer is only a phone call away. We can help you to understand the nature of the crime that you have been accused of and what you may expect in the case ahead. Our legal team has defended clients in thousands of cases and can help you in constructing a hard-hitting, effective defense.
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