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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 conviction.

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.

Drug Possession
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.

Drug Sale
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.

Drug Manufacturing
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.

Drug Trafficking
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

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