Florida Drug Charges: Your Rights and the Law

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    Florida Drug Charges: Fort Lauderdale Drug Attorney Explains your Rights & the Law

    drugs like heroin and crack and money are pictured on a table in Fort Lauderdale to represent a drug crime in South FloridaDrug laws in Florida are among the most stringent in the nation. State law shows a low tolerance for possessing even small amounts of illegal drugs, and the law imposes severe consequences on offenders.

    Florida law enforcement made more than 114,000 drug arrests in 2015, making drug offenses the most common category of crime among those reported by state officials. If you or someone you love is one of those facing a drug charge, you are not alone—and there is help available. To get started, learn more about drug crimes in Florida.

    Common Drug Charges in Broward & Palm Beach Counties, South Florida

    Drug offenses in Florida encompass many different types of substances, both legal and illegal. An individual can be arrested on a drug crime charge when he has a controlled substance that he is not authorized to legally manufacture, distribute, or sell. This is true for well-known illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and more. It is also true for drugs that may be legal in some situations, but illegal in others. Those situations mostly involve marijuana and prescription drugs. The most common drug charges are:

    • Possession: knowingly possessing a controlled substance (in some cases without a prescription) in sufficient quantity for use.
    • Manufacturing: producing or cultivating a controlled substance.
    • Distribution: selling, delivering, or providing a controlled substance to others without appropriate licensure.

    The Elements of a Drug Possession Crime in South Florida

    Possession is one of the most common drug offenses in Florida. To convict an individual on a drug possession charge, law enforcement must prove three specific elements. They are:

    1. The substance in possession of the individual is a controlled substance—either an illegal drug or a drug for which a doctor’s prescription is required.
    2. The accused knew both that he was in possession of the drug and that the drug was illegal.
    3. The accused was in control of the drug in both presence and location.

    A Florida Drug Conviction Can Lead to Personal and Financial Consequences

    A drug crime conviction in Florida can leave an individual facing many devastating consequences. The legal repercussions depend on the unique details of each case, though typically the type of drug, quantity of drug, and the accused person’s criminal history are major factors. Depending on those factors, an individual may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. The penalties can include:

    • Fines
    • Probation
    • Jail or prison time

    These penalties can force those convicted to miss valuable time with loved ones and cause embarrassment or shame. In addition, drug charged can result in:

    • Loss of employment
    • Loss of professional licensure
    • Deportation
    • Financial hardship

    Our Team of Award-Winning Attorneys Can Help Fight Your Drug Charge

    If you are facing drug possession or another drug charge, it’s important to seek help right away. 

    It is possible to successfully fight a drug offense in Broward County with the aid of an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Rossen Law Firm, we have a team of 4 incredible, award-winning attorneys. We provide top-notch, aggressive criminal defense for people and provide compassionate advice and support. 

    Facing a drug crime or under investigation? Call to schedule an appointment for a FREE consultation: 

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