Drug Charges

Lee County Courthouse

Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking is the sale, delivery, manufacture, or, possession of certain drugs over a specified quantity. Florida law provides for severe penalties for drug trafficking offenses. Minimum mandatory sentences for drug offenses can range from three years to life in prison, depending upon the quantity and type of drug. Due to the severity of these charges and the draconian penalties they carry, it is extremely important to involve a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after an arrest.

Marijuana Possession

Possession of marijuana can have serious consequences in Florida, including jail and suspension of your driver’s license for two years, if adjudicated guilty. Possession of less than 20 grams (one oz.) is a misdemeanor, while possession of over 20 grams is a felony in Florida.

Depending on the facts of your case, and whether the search was illegal, we may be able to file motions to dismiss the case or suppress the evidence in your case.

The charge of possession of marijuana may be resolved with a diversion program which allows you not to have any conviction on your record of any kind. Diversion programs may entail drug testing and community service. Once the program is complete, the State drops the charge.

Cocaine Possession

Cocaine possession is high on the radar of federal and state prosecutors. Cocaine possession is a third degree felony to possess any amount of cocaine in Florida, even a bag a residue.

If you are convicted of felony possession of cocaine, you could receive any combination of the following penalties: five years of probation, five years in prison or a fine up to $5,000.

If you are adjudicated guilty, your driver’s license will be suspended for two years.

Possession of Paraphernalia

Possession of drug paraphernalia is a relatively common misdemeanor charge which often, but not always, accompanies a drug possession charge. Typical objects which are often classified as drug paraphernalia are pipes, water pipes, bongs, syringes, and scales. Because it is very difficult to prove that an object is possessed with the intention to facilitate drug use, Florida law specifies certain factors that should be considered in determining whether the object in question is drug paraphernalia.

Possession of Controlled Substances

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