Possession Charge Requirements
First, for a person to receive a guilty charge of drug possession, the prosecutor must prove the following in court:
- An illegal or controlled substance or drug found on the defendant
- The defendant’s knowledge of the substance or drug
- The defendant had physical control of the substance or drug
Drug Possession Penalties
Notably, a drug possession charge in Florida is a serious offense. Most often, people facing possession charges likely had the drug for their use. But, depending on the type and amount of the substance, possession can be a felony offense.
Misdemeanor possession in the first-degree
- Charged for possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana (except medicinal marijuana)
- Up to 1 year in jail, and/or up-to $1,000 in fines
Felony possession in the third-degree
- Charged for possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, up to 28 grams of cocaine, up to 10 grams of ecstasy, up to 1 gram of LSD, and up to 4 grams of heroin
- Up to 5 years in prison, and/or up-to $5,000 in fines
Felony possession in the second-degree
- Charged for possession of chemicals used to make drugs
- Up to 15 years in prison, and/or up-to $10,000 in fines
Felony possession in the first-degree
- Charged for possession of more than 25 pounds of marijuana, more than 28 grams of cocaine, more than 10 grams of ecstasy, more than 1 gram of LSD, and more than 4 grams of heroin
- Up to 30 years in prison, and/or up-to $10,000 in fines
We Can Help
Lastly, it is critical to receive legal help for a possession charge. So, no matter how serious your case, we have defense options available to you. Thus, RHINO Lawyers can help you understand your rights and what you can expect with your case.
In short, we will work with you to gather important evidence for your case. Above all, we help you to uncover these key facts. Then, we will charge ahead by working directly with your prosecutor. And, try to help get a favorable result in your case.
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