Drug Crimes

Drug-related offenses are some of the most aggressively investigated and harshly punished crimes in the State of Florida. Certain offenses carry mandatory prison sentences upon conviction, often for just having drugs in your possession. Convictions can also carry long-term collateral consequences in your personal and professional life long after your case has ended. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney is a critical part of avoiding life-destroying consequences. With the right legal representation, you can navigate the legal system and protect your rights. At Guardline Law, our skilled criminal defense attorney has a proven track record in handling a wide range of drug-related cases, and achieving positive results for clients.

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Drug Crimes in Florida

Drug Possession

Simple drug possession is the lowest level drug-related offense in Florida but is still a felony offense for almost all controlled substances.  Possession of small amounts of cannabis without a prescription is still a crime in Florida, although some jurisdictions have begun issuing civil citations for simple marijuana possession instead of pursuing criminal charges. Possession of large quantities of drugs can lead to more serious charges described below.

Drug Trafficking

While the term “trafficking” suggests an intent to distribute or transport drugs as a part of a criminal organization, “drug trafficking” in Florida simply means the possession of large quantities of a scheduled controlled substance. This means you can be prosecuted as a drug trafficker if you are caught in possession of amounts of drugs as low as:

  1. 1 gram of LSD 
  2. 4 grams of Heroin, Fentanyl, or other opiates
  3. 10 grams of MDMA
  4. 14 grams of Amphetamines (without prescription)
  5. 28 grams of Cocaine
  6. 1 kilogram of GHB
  7. 25 pounds of Cannabis (including the entire plant in a illegal grow operation)

Drug trafficking in Florida is always a first-degree felony with mandatory minimum sentencing provisions of at least three years in state prison.

Sale or Distribution

Unlicensed sale of any controlled substance (including Cannabis) is a felony in Florida.  Cannabis sales are charged as third-degree felonies. Most other drug sales are charged as second- degree felonies. Due to the risk of having drug distributers in treatment programs, many diversion programs, alternative sentencing options, and drug treatment centers are not available to people with drug sales convictions or pending drug sales cases.

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In-Depth Legal Knowledge

Drug crime litigation is often complex, involving intricate laws and regulations. Our attorney stays up-to-date with the latest developments in drug legislation to provide you with the best possible defense.

Strategic Defense Planning

Each drug crime case is unique, and requires a detailed, well-tailored strategy to achieve the best possible outcome. Whether it’s challenging the legality of a search and seizure, contesting the validity of the State’s evidence, or exploring alternative sentencing options, our goal is to achieve the best possible result for our clients.

Compassionate Advocacy

We understand the impact that drug crime charges can have on your life. Our team is not only dedicated to providing a strong legal defense but also offers compassionate support throughout the legal process.  Our attorney strives to keep regular contact with our clients throughout our representation.

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