Drug addiction is a serious problem across the United States. Despite this, many states, including Florida have approved marijuana for medical use. The fact that Florida has permitted the medical use of certain drugs does not mean that drug possession is no longer a crime. In fact, drug possession is taken very seriously by the law and can result in profoundly serious penalties for you if you are caught in such a situation.
The purpose of drug possession laws is to limit any individual from possessing certain drugs for personal or commercial use. There are laws in place limiting both serious drugs such as heroin and meth and also prescription drugs such as fentanyl.
Though marijuana is allowed for medical use, it is still considered a Schedule 1 drug and it is illegal to have it in your possession. Only those patients who have a medical marijuana card or a prescription are allowed to possess it.
If you do not have these and you are caught by police officers, you can be charged, and the seriousness of the charge will depend on how much of the drug you possess, what the drug was, and what was being done with the drug. If you were selling it to others or if it was in possession near a sensitive area such as a daycare, you can be faced with more serious penalties.
Some examples of penalties for drug possession include:
- Possession of cocaine of fewer than 28 grams can result in a third-degree felony
- Possession of marijuana without a prescription of fewer than 20 grams can result in a misdemeanor charge and more than 20 grams can result in a felony charge
- Possession of Oxycodone of less than 7 grams without a prescription can result in a third-degree felony
- Possession of fewer than 4 grams of heroin can result in a third-degree felony
Getting caught for drug usage in Orlando, Florida can result in profoundly serious fines and penalties, not to mention it can give you a criminal record. If you have been caught for drug possession, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to start working on your case.
Get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer
A qualified defense attorney can help you prove you are not guilty of drug possession or that you deserve a lesser punishment then what you were originally charged with. The individual prosecuting you will have to prove that you knew the drug was in your possession, you knew it was illegal and that you had control over the substance. An attorney can help you prove otherwise.
Contact a criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of Donald A. Lykkebak today.
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