DRUG OFFENSES IN FLORIDA

Jordan Law has handled hundreds of drug cases from the lowest misdemeanor pot possessions all the way up to serious trafficking cases. We understand the Federal and Florida laws that regulate drug charges.

Drug cases require a knowledgeable and experienced attorney fluent in the current statutes and case law. Our attorneys keep up-to-date on the latest news and changes to the laws regulating controlled substances.

If you have been accused or charged with a crime involving drugs then you need Jordan Law. Email or call us today at (407)906-JLAW (5529) to discuss your case today.

WAYS TO FIGHT DRUG OFFENSES

Fight the Possession Element

If there are multiple people in the vehicle where drugs were found, we can work to prove that someone else possessed the drugs (or at least that you did not.) It’s simple, if you didn’t possess the drugs, you cannot be found guilty of possession.

A Motion to Suppress

Most of the time the officer had to stop you and/or search you, depending upon why they did that there could be a motion to suppress. This means that, if the police did something improper during the search, the evidence may not be admissible.

Intent to Sell/Trafficking Cases

Sometimes it’s possible to argue that you weren’t going to sell the drugs. Often times these cases are ripe for an entrapment defense. The police or their informant made you do it. These cases can be incredibly difficult to prove and require an experienced defense attorney.

POTENTIAL SENTENCES

The severity of your sentence depends on several factors. The judge is supposed to follow the sentencing guidelines based on the type and the amount of a substance you were caught with. Here is a breakdown of those guidelines and what you might be faced with if charged.

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE POSSIBLE SENTENCE
 Cannabis/Marijuana less than 20grams  Fine/Probation -365 days in jail
 Cannabis/Marijuana more than 20 grams  Fine/Probation – 5 years in prison
 Cannabis/Marijuana 25 – 2000lbs  3 years in prison + $25,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 Cannabis/Marijuana 2K – 10K lbs  7 years in prison + $50,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 Cannabis/Marijuana 10K lbs up  15 years in prison + $200,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 Cocaine less than 28 grams  Fine/Probation – 5 years in prison
 Cocaine 28 – 199.99 grams  3 years in prison + $50,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 Cocaine 200 – 399.99 grams  7 years in prison + $100,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 Cocaine 400gms – 149.99 kgms  15 years in prison + $250,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 Cocaine 150 kgms or more  Life, no parole (exceptions)
 Heroin less than 4 grams  Fine/Probation – 5 years in prison
 Heroin 14-28 grams  15 years in prison + $100,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 Heroin 28 grams to 30 kilograms  25 years in prison + $500,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 Heroin over 30 kilograms  Life in Prison
 Oxycodone less than 7 grams  Fine/Probation – 5 years in prison
 Oxycodone 7 – 14 grams  3 years in prison + $50,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 Oxycodone 14-25 grams  7 years in prison + $100,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 Oxycodone 25 grams to 100 grams  15 years in prison + $500,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 Oxycodone 100 grams to 30 kilograms  25 years in prison + $750,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 MDMA/Ecstasy less than 10 grams  Fine/Probation – 5 years in prison
 MDMA/Ecstasy 10 – 199.99 gms  3 years in prison + $50,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 MDMA/Ecstasy 200 – 399.99 gms  7 years in prison + $100,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 MDMA/Ecstasy 400gms – 29.99kgms  15 years in prison + $250,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 LSD less than 1 gram  Fine/Probation – 5 years in prison
 LSD 1 – 4.99 gms  3 years in prison + $50,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 LSD 5 – 6.99 gms  7 years in prison + $100,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 LSD 7 gms or more  15 years in prison + $500,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 Hydrocodone less than 14 grams  Fine/Probation – 5 years in prison
 Hydrocodone 14 – 28 grams  3 years in prison + $50,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 Hydrocodone 28 – 49 grams  7 years in prison + $100,000 fine – 30 years in prison
 Hydrocodone 49 to 200 grams  15 years in prison + $500,000 fine – 30 years in prison
Hydrocodone 200 grams to 30 kilograms 25 years in prison + $750,000 fine – 30 years in prison

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DRUG CASES IN FLORIDA

Confidential Informants

Often times the State will let someone else get lower charges if they set other people up with drugs. In these cases, there are motions to file to get the info on the informants as well as the potential to use an entrapment defense (basically we argue they made you take the drugs/buy the drugs/sell the drugs, etc.)

Type of Drug

For Marijuana the state can just have the officer testify it was pot based upon their training and experience.  For all other drugs, they have to have an expert test the drugs and confirm what you had was a regulated substance (like heroin, methamphetamines, or cocaine.)

The State has to Prove Possession

This can be actual or constructive
Actual Possession – on or about your persons – it is in your pockets, in your hand, on your lap, etc
Constructive Possession – not on you, but the state has to link it to you – perhaps there were drugs in the car you were driving and no one else was in the vehicle.

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