Florida’s drug laws are particularly severe because of the state’s prime location for drug trafficking. Florida law sets forth maximum sentences in drug possession cases. For example, possessing 20 grams of marijuana or less is a misdemeanor in the first degree, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana or possessing other controlled substances (such as cocaine, meth, heroin or ecstasy) is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. In addition, possession of over 10 grams of heroin qualifies as a felony in the first degree, and comes with a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Furthermore, possessing drug-related paraphernalia (such as needles, scales, syringes, pipes or bongs) and/or chemicals for manufacturing drugs is an additional offense and is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Each of these crimes is treated seriously by prosecutors in Florida and as should be addressed with the help of a Florida drug lawyer. Only a local, experienced defense attorney will be knowledgeable on the various ins and outs of the local legal system and therefore able to provide guidance on what exactly to expect.
Drug trafficking is defined as the intentional sale, possession with intent to sell, manufacture, purchase, or importation of illegal substances above a specified amount. Florida drug trafficking sentences are also very severe, and these types of offenses also have mandatory minimum sentences. For example, selling, delivering or cultivating more than 25 pounds of marijuana (or 28 grams of cocaine) is considered drug trafficking, and comes with a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years in prison and a $25,000 fine making it imperative that a Florida drug attorney is consulted.
In Florida, possession of 25 or more marijuana plants is prima facie evidence of drug trafficking intent, and is considered a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. Also, trafficking cocaine in an amount between 200 to 400 grams comes with a minimum sentence of 7 years in prison and a $100,000 fine, all of which make contacting a drug lawyer in Florida imperative.
If you are facing a charge of drug possession or drug trafficking, the repercussions of being convicted may be irreversible. You will need the most qualified Florida drug attorney possible to handle your case. For more than 46 years, the attorneys at Leifert & Leifert have successfully handled countless drug possession and trafficking cases in Broward County and throughout Florida. We are former prosecutors who have spent extensive time in the courtroom, and our experience has given us the resources we need to effectively handle your case.
At the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert, we do our best to get your charges dismissed or your sentence reduced. In many cases, we can even get your conviction dismissed or removed from your record so that future employers cannot use your conviction against you. Our Florida drug lawyers understand the difficulty of facing a drug trafficking charge, so we are committed to providing you with compassionate, honest and aggressive representation.