Consequences of Drug Possession in Florida
If you are convicted of drug possession in Florida, you may get a slap on the wrist, or you may have to serve jail time and pay a hefty fine, depending on what controlled substance you allegedly had in your possession and the quantity of the controlled substance. If you were found guilty of possessing 20 grams or less of cannabis (marijuana), or 3 grams or less of certain other controlled substances, you face a first degree misdemeanor. This Florida drug possession charge may result in jail time not to exceed one year and the imposition of a fine not to exceed $1,000.
If you have been convicted of possessing more than 20 grams of cannabis (marijuana), cocaine, ecstasy, and other typically more dangerous drugs, you face a third degree felony. This Florida drug possession charge may result in jail time not to exceed five years and the imposition of a fine not to exceed $5,000. Further, the greater the quantity of the controlled substance, the more enhanced the penalties are and the more likely that you may be facing other Florida and federal drug charges such as the delivery or sale of drugs, drug trafficking, and/or drug manufacturing.
Why Strong Advocacy is Important When Facing a Florida Drug Possession Charge
In order to avoid the harsh consequences of a Florida drug possession conviction as described above, you will need a Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney by your side who will advocate on your behalf to reach a resolution to your criminal charge that avoids formal conviction and the imposition of jail time and fines. In addition to seeking dismissal of your criminal charge if there are grounds to do so, your attorney should explore alternatives to jail time and/or fines, including, but not limited to, diversion, drug court, and probation. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. uses all available resources to keep his clients out of jail if they are facing drug possession charges.
One thing to keep in mind is that prosecutors are much more willing to negotiate when you are a first time offender. If you are a repeat offender, you may be serving jail time regardless of how serious the subsequent drug possession charge is. You always have a chance of staying out of jail, however, in order to realize this chance, you need a Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney like Marc A. Joseph, P.A. using his strong advocacy skills to ensure you have the strongest defense possible given the facts of your individual situation.
Contact Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A. Today for a Free Consultation
Drug possession is a common criminal charge in Florida and can land you in jail. If you or a loved one has been charged with drug possession, you must act quickly to resolve your drug possession charge in the most reasonable way possible to avoid serving a significant amount of jail time and having to pay hefty fines. In order to seek resolution of your drug possession charge, you will need to consult with a skilled Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney who has handled many drug possession cases in Florida. With more than 16 years of experience, Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A. has a thorough understanding of how drug possession charges are treated in and around Tampa as well as throughout the rest of the state and at the federal level. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. will work to help you resolve your drug possession charge in as favorable a way as possible given the facts of your individual case. If you would like to speak with Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A., contact our office today by calling (813) 234-6374 to schedule your free consultation. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. is available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns.