Getting accused of drug possession in Florida is no laughing matter. If you are a pharmacist, you can sell drugs. If not, you cannot possess, sell, manufacture or deliver drugs to other people or take them yourself, under penalty of law. There are some strict penalties when you violate these statutes. There are more than 57 substances listed as a controlled substance in Florida statute number 89303(1)(a), and more in others.
The selling of illegal drugs is punishable by jail time and fines, and could see you going through a rehabilitation program and probation. If the amount in your possession meets the guidelines, you could face a felony charge on your record. A small amount could see you charged with a misdemeanor. This includes drugs like marijuana and small amounts of cocaine.
If you sell, deliver or manufacture drugs within 1,000 feet of a daycare center or a school, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight, you will be prosecuted more harshly than you would have otherwise.
If you are being accused of selling, manufacturing, distributing or using drugs, you may want to engage the help of a knowledgeable attorney. He or she may be able to help you get the penalties mitigated. Did you know that if you go through a rehabilitation program and you were not selling or trafficking drugs, you could get off with just probation?
There are many ways that you could be charged. Reading the many statutes that deal with drug possession and selling can be a real eye-opener. If you sell drugs near a university, you may be charged with a felony. This is a surprise because a lot of colleges in Florida have major drug problems.
Calling in an experienced attorney can be a good idea. If you read the statutes, you know how strict the laws are when you are caught with drugs.
Source: Florida Statutes, "Drug abuse prevention and control," accessed Jan. 29, 2016