Charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Tampa?
When it comes to drug possession, many Tampa residents think of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other outright illegal drugs. However, many people do not realize that drug possession charges are not limited to illegal drugs, but also include drugs that may be prescribed by a physician. Controlled substances in Florida are governed by the state’s Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, and are categorized from Schedule I to V. Drugs are classified based on their potential for abuse. Thus, Schedule I drugs have the highest potential for abuse.
Given that some prescription drugs have a high potential for abuse, they are considered controlled substances and therefore governed by Florida’s drug possession laws. Facing a drug possession charge is frightening and stressful enough, but when the substance involved is not an outright illegal drug (such as cocaine, for example), it can be even more frustrating for the accused who simply did not have a prescription.
Tampa Drug Crimes Defense Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A. has helped many clients fight possession charges involving a variety of drugs, both those that are outright illegal, and those that may be obtained by a physician. By reviewing the general information below, you will have an understanding of what to expect if you are facing a drug possession charge.