In Florida, many simple possession offenses are prosecuted as felonies. If you are facing drug possession charges, Herman Law, P.A. can help. Our founder, Attorney Ron D. Herman is a former prosecutor with 15 years of experience and over 150 jury trials to his credit. Whether you are facing drug charges on the state or federal level, we have the knowledge, tools and resources to fight for reduced sentencing and penalties, dropped charges, or an acquittal.
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Penalties for Drug Possession in Florida Can Be A Misdemeanor Or Felony
In Florida, under Section 893.13 (6)(a), it is unlawful for a person to possess a controlled substance (drug) unless the controlled substance was lawfully obtained through a valid doctor’s prescription. Any person who violates this provision is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
Some of the controlled substances covered under this Section include:
Possession of marijuana in the amount of 20 grams or less is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by 1 year in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine. If the amount possessed was over 20 grams, it is a third degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $5,000.
Do You Qualify For A Drug Diversion Program?
Depending on the facts of your case and your criminal history, there is a possibility that you may be eligible for one of Florida’s diversion programs, namely the Felony Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program, or the Misdemeanor Pretrial Diversion Program (PDP), both of which help qualifying offenders avoid the ramifications and stigma of a criminal conviction.
Whether you are facing felony or misdemeanor drug charges, Attorney Herman can evaluate the facts of your case, and determine whether or not you may be eligible for a diversion program. In some instances, we are able to reveal holes in the prosecution’s case or search and seizure violations, thereby allowing us to get evidence suppressed or charges dropped. Regardless of the circumstances of your case, we want to help you – contact our firm today for a free consultation.