Jacksonville Drug Crime Attorney
Possession, Sale & Other Drug Offenses
According to 893.13 of the Florida Statues, "it is unlawful for any
person to sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell,
manufacture, or deliver, a controlled substance." Drug possession
charges and penalties will differ depending on the type of drug (classified
by schedules) as well as the specific type of drug crime. Schedule I drug
charges are by far the most serious drug offenses. Schedule II and Schedule
III are less serious, but may still warrant time in prison and fines upon
Drugs are classified by "schedules" according to the Florida
Statutes as well as the United States Controlled Substances Act. Examples
of Schedule I drugs are LSD, heroin and marijuana while a Schedule II
drug would be cocaine or methamphetamine. Listed below are some of the
most common types of drug offenses. Jacksonville police are cracking down
hard on these offenses, so if you were recently arrested, make sure you
have a strong advocate on your side. A Jacksonville drug crime lawyer
from Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. can fight against your charges so you get
the justice you deserve.
Types of Drug Crimes
Listed below are some of the types of drug offenses that we handle for
clients. If you were recently arrested or charged with a drug crime, please
speak with one of our Jacksonville criminal attorney to learn how we might
be able to help you with your case.
Possession of a controlled substance without a license or a prescription
is a criminal offense. This crime can be further split into crimes such
as simple possession, possession with intent to sell and possession with
intent to distribute.
The sale of an illegal narcotic or other controlled substance is illegal.
It is a second degree felony offense to sell a Schedule I drug while it
is a third degree felony offense to sell a Schedule II drug. The sale
of drugs near a school or other specified facilities may be considered
an aggravated offense.
Those who manufacture their own narcotics can be arrested for drug manufacturing.
For example, this could include operating a meth lab. Manufacturing charges
might be reduced if the manufacturing was for personal use rather than for sale.
This criminal offense involves transporting drugs across state lines.
This can include transporting illegal narcotics into Florida or out of
Florida to another state or country. Drug trafficking is considered part
of the black market.
Cultivation of Marijuana
Growing cannabis (marijuana) is a crime. These charges will depend upon
how much cannabis was involves or how many plants. Marijuana is typically
cultivated in greenhouses.
Defense Against Your Charges & Penalties
Various types of Schedule I drug crimes are considered second degree felonies.
Second degree felony drug crimes can be punishable by up to 15 years in
prison. Other Schedule I drug crimes such as possession may only be considered
a third degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Many
drug charges can lead to plea deals. Only an attorney can advise you as
to whether or not accepting a plea deal would be a wise choice for your
case. In these scenarios, you might receive a lightened sentence in exchange
for pleading guilty.
To learn more about the charges you could be facing or to secure a strong
defense against your drug offense, please
contact a Jacksonville drug crimes attorney from the firm today.
Further Resources for Drug Crimes
How SB 360/HB 99 Raises the Minimum Trafficking Weight Thresholds
Drug Manufacturing Laws in Florida
Medical Marijuana Laws; Updates