Even simple drug possession in Florida can carry serious and life-altering penalties. Florida has different penalties based on the amount and type of drug that you are accused of possessing. The lowest penalties are associated with marijuana possession. However, simple possession of fewer than 20 grams of cannabis can carry a penalty of up to one year in prison. Possession of substances like cocaine or heroin can carry a sentence of up to five years. Being caught with higher amounts is treated as a felony. Possession with intent to distribute is treated even more seriously.
However, while there is the possibility of a harsh penalty, it does not have to end that way. You have legal options when facing simple possession charges. Your attorney could help you fight the charges if you have not committed the crime or if law enforcement violated your legal rights. Alternatively, they could work with the prosecutor and court for a reduced penalty. Just because the maximum penalty exists does not mean that you will face it. There are diversion programs available based on the substance that you possessed and your prior criminal history. In some cases, the prosecutor has discretion about whether to seek your participation in this program.
The important thing in any drug possession case is to be able to get to the bottom of your case quickly. You would weigh the strength of the prosecutor’s case against the potential penalties that you may face as you determine your best course of action. Hiring an attorney immediately will help you get started.
If you are facing drug charges, Harnage Law PLLC can help you. Contact us online or call us today at 321.549.7886 to discuss your case and learn more about your legal options through a free consultation.