When it comes to drug crimes Florida has some pretty harsh penalties that include hefty fines, serious jail/prison time, and losing your ability to drive. That’s why you need an excellent criminal defense attorney defending your rights, and more importantly, your freedom.


Possession Penalties:

The penalties for a conviction of possession in the state of Florida are very dependent on the specific facts and circumstances of the individual case. However, the below guidelines detail the maximum penalties depending on the amount of a particular substance contained in your case.

 

Weed/Cannabis

If you’re convicted of possessing less than 20 grams of Cannabis, you’re guilty of a First Degree Misdemeanor. You can face up to one year in jail, one year of probation, and a $1,000 fine.

 

If convicted of possession of 20 grams or more of Cannabis, you’re guilty of a Third Degree Felony. You can face up to five years in prison, five years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.

 

Cocaine

If convicted of possessing less than 28 grams of Cocaine, you’re guilty of a Third Degree Felony in Florida and can face up to five years in prison, five years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.

 

Heroin

If convicted of possessing less than 4 grams of Heroin, you’re guilty of a Third Degree Felony in Florida and can face up to five years in prison, five years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.

 

Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth)

If convicted of possessing less than 14 grams of Methamphetamine, you’re guilty of a Third Degree Felony in Florida and can face up to 5 years in prison, five years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.

 

Oxycodone

If convicted of possessing less than 7 grams of Oxycodone, you’re guilty of a Third Degree Felony in Florida and can face up to five years in prison, five years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.

 

Xanax

If convicted of possessing any amount of Xanax without a doctor’s prescription, you’re guilty of a Third Degree Felony in Florida and can face up to five years in prison, five years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.

 

Synthetic Drugs

If convicted of possessing less than 3 grams of Synthetic Drugs, you’re guilty of a First Degree Misdemeanor in Florida and can face up to one year in jail, one year of probation, and a $1,000 fine.

 

If you’re convicted of possessing more than 3 grams of Synthetic Drugs, you’re guilty of a Third Degree Felony and can face up to five years in prison, five years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.

 

*For all of these crimes a judge can impose probation, but can also put you in jail for the maximum length of time the statute allows.


Trafficking Penalties:

The penalties for a conviction of trafficking in the state of Florida are very dependent on the specific facts and circumstances of the individual case. However, the below guidelines detail the maximum penalties depending on the amount of a particular substance contained in your case.

 

Weed/Cannabis

If convicted of trafficking between 25 and 1,999 pounds of Cannabis, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years in prison, and a $25,000 fine.

 

If convicted of trafficking between 2,000 and 9,999 pounds of Cannabis, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

 

If convicted of trafficking more than 10,000 pounds of Cannabis, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and a $200,000 fine.

 

*In all of the above cases the judge can impose a maximum of up to 30 years in prison.

 

Cocaine

If convicted of trafficking between 28 and 199 grams of Cocaine, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum of 3 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

 

If convicted of trafficking between 200 and 400 grams of Cocaine, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum of 7 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

If convicted of trafficking between 400 grams and 149 kilograms of Cocaine, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

*In all of the above cases the judge can impose a maximum of up to 30 years in prison.

 

Heroin

If convicted of trafficking between 4 and 14 grams of Heroin, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum of 3 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

 

If convicted of trafficking between 14 and 28 grams of Heroin, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

 

If convicted of trafficking between 28 grams and 30 kilograms of Heroin, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

 

If convicted of trafficking more than 30 kilograms of Heroin, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face life in prison and a $500,000 fine.

 

Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth)

If convicted of trafficking between 14 and 28 grams of Methamphetamine, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum of 3 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

 

If convicted of trafficking between 28 and 200 grams of Methamphetamine, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum of 7 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

 

If convicted of trafficking more than 200 grams of Methamphetamine, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

Oxycodone

If convicted of trafficking between 7 and 14 grams of Oxycodone, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum of 3 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

 

If convicted of trafficking between 14 and 25 grams of Oxycodone, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum of 7 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

 

If convicted of trafficking between 25 and 100 grams of Oxycodone, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.

 

If convicted of trafficking between 100 grams and 30 kilograms of Oxycodone, you’re guilty of a First Degree Felony in Florida and will face a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.


*If you are convicted of ANY drug crime in Florida YOU WILL LOSE YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR. In South Florida we know how difficult it is to be without a license. You’re looking at some hefty Uber/Lyft bills, a time-consuming public transportation system, and a lot of walking.

 

With penalties this severe, you need an excellent attorney on your side working hard to get you the best results possible. At the Rossen Law Firm we offer a free initial strategy session to anyone in need of our services. We listen to exactly what happened to you, discuss the results you’re looking to see, and put together a strategy of how to best achieve them.

 

Schedule your free strategy session today to see how we can help you. Give us a call at (754) 206-0085.

 
Adam Rossen
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