Drug Possession in Fort Lauderdale
Drug possession is the simple possession of any illegal substance, such as:
- Prescription Drugs (ex: Xanax, Codeine)
- Narcotics (ex: Heroin, Cocaine)
- Illegal Drugs (ex: Cannabis, MDMA, LSD)
An individual can face possession charges if:
An individual is caught using the substance
- The substance was found on their person
- The substance was found in a place that the accused could reasonably access (ex: home, car)
Drug Trafficking Defense in Fort Lauderdale
There is a common misconception that drug trafficking means to transport drugs from one place to another and sell them. In Florida, according to Florida Statute 893.135, drug trafficking means that a person was in possession of a certain amount of illegal drugs.
This amount differs for the type of drug in question. The minimum amount required to be considered trafficking is as follows, though this is not a comprehensive list:
- Marijuana – 25 pounds
- Cocaine – 28 grams
- Methamphetamine – 14 grams
- Heroin 4 grams
Drug trafficking is a felony in the State of Florida, meaning that even the lowest charge could result in a mandatory minimum prison sentence. Depending on the type of drug and the amount, prison sentences range from 3 years to life in prison.
The sale and delivery of drugs (also known as “intent to distribute“) is treated more seriously than the simple possession of drugs. These charges can also result if law enforcement finds an illegal substance packaged in smaller quantities, or other evidence that could prove intent to sell drugs, such as scales or baggies.
Contact A Quality Attorney Today
If you are facing any of these charges, it is imperative to get representation from an attorney experienced in handling drug charges. Use the contact form on the bottom of our page, or call our offices today at (954) 771-7455 or (954) 523-2100.