There are two categories of drug crimes in the State of Florida:
Possession and Possession with Intent to Sell.
There is a schedule of drug categories listed in the statues which carry different penalties.
Drug crimes can be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the drug and the weight of the same. Clearly, the penalties are more severe for Intent to Sell vs. a simple possession of the same drug. There are rules and procedures that must be followed by law enforcement to ensure that their searches and seizures are legally sufficient; especially if there is not a warrant issued by a circuit judge.
Some people are wrongfully accused of drug possession because they have their “legal” drugs with them, but not their prescription. The State also has programs for first offenders to try to rehabilitate them without sending them to jail or prison.
There are some penalties for possession that one would not think of, like a suspension of your driver’s license, so you have to be careful with accepting a plea offer without the assistance of counsel.
For more information on where the drug you are being charged with possession of falls on the statutory schedule, or what type of penalties you are facing, you can contact the firm of Schwam-Wilcox & Associates.
Camy B. Schwam-Wilcox was a prosecutor in Orange County at the beginning of her legal career and has dealt with many drug-related cases, she has the experience that can help you with your criminal involvement. Call the office for your complimentary consultation with an attorney at 407-245-7700, or e-mail us at [email protected] or by visiting the website at www.cbswlaw.com.