Detention centerRossen Law Firm strongly believes people charged with crimes are good people that were simply involved in the wrong situation. If you have been charged with the crime of introducing contraband into a detention facility in South Florida, we are here to help – not judge – you. Reach out to learn more about what our Fort Lauderdale drug defense attorneys can do for you.

What is an Introduction of Contraband into a Detention Facility Crime in South Florida?

The introduction of contraband into a detention facility is a crime involving deliberately introducing contraband (drugs, weapons, and other prohibited items) into a detention facility, jail or prison.

According to the Florida Statute, contraband subject to criminal penalties includes:

  • Unauthorized currency or coin
  • Prohibited food or clothing 
  • Unauthorized written or recorded communications
  • Intoxicating beverages 
  • Narcotic, hypnotic or excitatory drugs 
  • Other drugs, including: nasal inhalants, sleeping pills, barbiturates, or any controlled substance
  • Firearms or any other object that may be or is intended to be used as a dangerous weapon
  • Any instrumentality that may be or is intended to be used as an aid in an escape
  • Any cellular telephone or other portable communication device


Introducing contraband into a jail or prison – whether a visitor or someone who is incarcerated – comes with intense consequences. 

If you are charged with the crime of introduction of contraband into a detention facility, you’re facing a third-degree felony in Florida which is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Learn about more Fort Lauderdale Drug Crime Penalties here.


As you can tell from the consequence of the introduction of contraband into a detention facility, it’s a very serious crime in the state of Florida. 

We can help you avoid the severe punishments of introducing contraband to a jail or prison. We have mastered defense mechanisms to give our clients the proper support they deserve from their attorneys. 

Give our office a call if you’re facing charges for the introduction of contraband into a detention facility in South Florida. We’re prepared to fight for your rights and achieve the best possible results on your case.

Introducing Contraband into a Detention Facility Defenses 

  • Lack of Knowledge: In order for an individual to be charged with the crime of introduction of contraband into a detention facility, the State must prove that the accused had knowledge of the contraband. Without being able to prove that, the defense of lack of knowledge can be used and serve as a complete defense to the crime of introduction of contraband into a detention facility. For example, you might be caught with contraband in your cell – but found out it was placed under the mattress by someone else. If you had no knowledge of the presence of the contraband, this defense might defeat the charges. Similarly to entering a prison as a visitor – perhaps someone else placed something in your bag without your knowledge and you unknowingly brought it into a jail with you when you went to visit someone. 

Free Introducing Contraband into a Detention Facility Defense Strategy Session in Fort Lauderdale

Winning a criminal case is a team effort! If you hire us as your defense attorneys, your opinion will always be heard and valued. We figure out the best strategy to attack your charges based on the details of your case and who you are as an individual. 

We offer  COMPLIMENTARY strategy sessions so you understand how we’ll work together to get the most favorable result possible for your case.


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