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Possession

Possession of a controlled substance is a serious crime in the state of Florida. Charges are generally based on the type and amount of the drug that were seized by the police. In addition to possible jail time, fines, and probation, a conviction for drug possession will result in the suspension of your Florida driver’s license for a period of two years!

The most common charge in Florida’s drug courts is simple possession of cannabis (marijuana). Under state law, a defendant will automatically be charged with a first degree misdemeanor if he is caught with less than 20 grams of cannabis. If he is caught with more than 20 grams, the charge will be entered as a third degree felony.

If convicted of either crime, a misdemeanor conviction of possession of cannabis could result in any combination of the following: a $1,000 fine, 1 year of probation, and/or 1 year in jail. A felony conviction is far more serious and may result in any combination of the following: a $5,000 fine, 5 years of probation, and/or 5 years in prison. The penalties are even more severe for people who are convicted of possession of harder, more dangerous drugs, like heroin or cocaine.

If you or someone you know has been charged with drug possession, it is important to know all of your options. Drug charges are so common in Florida that the state legislature has established numerous ways of resolving these cases. Since possession is a less serious charge than trafficking or possession with intent to sell, a good attorney has many creative ways to resolve these cases. Evan H. Baron can help.

An experienced criminal defense attorney, he will examine the facts of the case and inform you of all available options. If the drugs were improperly uncovered through an illegal search and seizure, Mr. Baron will passionately and aggressively fight the charges in court.

To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced criminal attorneys, please call (954) 385-9160.