In Miami and the state of Florida, there are different types of drug crimes and charges. The more common drug charges include but are not limited to the following:
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Possession of Drug paraphernalia
- Drug Cultivation
- Drug Trafficking
- Prescription Forgery
- Intent to sell
Drug crime is a serious offense in Miami and Florida houses some of the strictest drug laws across the nation. The most common drug charge of the ones listed above is possession of a controlled substance. Controlled substances are drugs heavily regulated by the law. There are three different levels of possession which are listed below:
- Simple Possession – Defendant is found in possession of a small amount of drugs.
- Constructive Possession – Possession charge based on the fact that the defendant may not have had drugs on their person but the defendant had access to the drugs.
- Actual Possession – Drugs are on the defendant’s person.
On top of these possession charges, it is still possible to get charged with possession for prescription drugs without a valid prescription. Illegal possession of a controlled substance will result in serious penalties especially if the controlled substance is an illegal drug like cocaine or meth which would land you with a five year prison sentence and a $5000.00 fine. Penalties and sentencing depend on the case facts, the type of drug, and the amount of drug. Possession of certain types and amounts of drugs will be much stricter and you could be looking at a minimum sentencing of 15 years and a $250,000 fine.
Since Florida has a tough time dealing with drug trafficking, possession of controlled substances are prosecuted harshly. Being charged with possession of a controlled substance can and will change your life. Aside from the penalties and sentencing, you will have a criminal record and you will carry on the stigma of being charged with possession which will ultimately hurt your chances of employment.
When it comes to a drug charge, you have so much to lose. Don’t risk anything and get yourself some help. If you’ve been charged with possession of controlled substances or any of the other drug crimes listed above in Florida, contact a Miami Drug Attorney to help you. Most drug cases revolve around search and seizure tactics which violate an individual’s rights. By retaining an experienced drug attorney in Miami, you will have the protection you deserve against authorities who abuse their powers.