In Florida, drug possession is a criminal offense even when the offender did not manufacture, distribute, sell, or deal the drug. Personal or recreational use of an illegal drug is serious offense that can carry a mandatory prison sentence.
Drug possession may be charged as a first, second, or third-degree felony or misdemeanor. The penalty for drug possession may vary depending on which drug was in possession, and the amount possessed. Convictions for possession may also result in probation, suspension of your drivers’ license, ineligibility for some types of employment, and more.
Be sure to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney about the possible repercussions of your drug possession charge.
Your drug possession attorney can raise a number of legal defenses to defend your rights after a drug possession charge. Common defenses usually raised at the beginning of a case include illegal search or seize defense. This may mean that police searched for drugs without a warrant, or that they used unreasonable force in doing so.
It is important to explore all available defenses with your criminal defense attorney.