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There are many issues to assess when determining the strength of the government’s case following an arrest for possession of a controlled substance. In Florida, after an arrest for possession of a controlled substance, your defense may involve legal or factual issues, such as whether the search or seizure was legal. If the court decides it wasn’t, the evidence may not be admitted at trial, leading to dropped or dismissed charges. Some cases may be referred to “drug court” to address addiction treatment, but it’s not for everyone. You may fight the charges if you believe police unlawfully obtained evidence against you or that the evidence is insufficient to establish guilt. 

In Florida, possession of a controlled substance is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Many cases are resolved in drug court or through drug offense probation, which includes treatment and testing. More severe charges include possession with intent to sell or drug trafficking. Florida law heavily regulates controlled substances, with most possession cases prosecuted in state court. Possession of marijuana under 20 grams is a misdemeanor. Other common felony drug crimes include cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine, and certain prescription medications like Xanax and opiates. A drug conviction could also result in a driver’s license suspension by the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.

A criminal defense attorney can help you understand your options and fight for the best outcome. For assistance, contact the Law Office of Christopher G. Frey, Esq., at 813-222-8210.

The information provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Please contact a licensed attorney to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case.