Palm Beach County Marijuana/Drugs
A conviction for drug possession or drug trafficking is very serious, and the consequences for your life can be irreparable. A drug conviction detrimentally affects your family and friends, your reputation, your ability to find housing, and ability to keep or find employment.
Because the state of Florida is one of the main locations for drug trafficking, the laws and penalties are among the strictest in the United States. For example, possession of 20 grams of marijuana or under is a first degree misdemeanor, and has a maximum sentence of 1 year in jail and a fine of $1,000. Possession of over 20 grams of marijuana, or possession of other illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, ecstasy or meth, is considered a felony and has a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Also, possession of more than 10 grams of heroin is considered a first degree felony, and is punishable by a sentence of 30 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
In addition, if a defendant is found with drug-related paraphernalia (e.g., syringes, needles, pipes, bongs, or scales), or chemicals used to manufacture drugs, this is an additional offense punishable by a maximum sentence of 1 year in jail and a fine of $1,000.
Drug trafficking is the intentional sale, manufacture, purchase, possession with intent to distribute, or importation of drugs above a certain amount. Florida also has very severe punishments for drug trafficking. For one, trafficking more than 25 pounds of marijuana (or more than 28 grams of cocaine) comes with a maximum sentence of 3 years in prison and a fine of $25,000. The possession of 25 or more cannabis plants is evidence of intent to traffic marijuana – a felony with a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail and a fine of $10,000. Trafficking 200-400 grams of cocaine is punishable by up to 7 years imprisonment and a fine of $100,000.
A conviction for drug possession or trafficking has severe consequences for your life and your future. If you need legal assistance related to drug possession and/or drug trafficking, it is imperative to have an experienced criminal defense attorney representing you. The Palm Beach County criminal defense lawyers at Leifert & Leifert are highly experienced in handling drug possession and drug trafficking cases in the Palm Beach County area as well as throughout Florida. We are former prosecutors who know the ins and outs of the criminal justice system and are familiar with handling drug cases. At Leifert & Leifert, we will work tirelessly to get your sentence reduced, or your charges dismissed. We may even be able to get a disposition removed through record sealing and expunging. At Leifert & Leifert, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with quality, personalized, and compassionate legal representation.
To schedule a free, confidential consultation with an experienced Palm Beach County marijuana and drug defense attorney, call Leifert & Leifert at (954) 523-9600 or fill out and submit our online Contact Us form.