Drug Crime Penalties in Florida

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Florida takes drug crime charges extremely seriously, and those who are accused will often face immense pressure from prosecutors who seek the harshest possible penalties. If you have been arrested and are facing charges, it’s crucial you seek counsel from an experienced Daytona Beach drug crimes lawyer who has the experience and knowledge necessary to develop a hard-hitting defense and fight to preserve your rights.

As State Prosecutors, Attorneys Hager & Schwartz of Hager & Schwartz, P.A. fought to obtain convictions. Today, they use their knowledge of the law and how prosecutors approach drug crimes cases to develop impactful and effective criminal defenses for their clients. With over 40 years of combined legal experience, you can trust that our team has the confidence and knowledge to handle your case and fight back against your prosecution to protect your rights. We understand how important your case is to you, and that’s why we make sure we give your matter the attention you expect and demand every step of the way.

Call Hager & Schwartz, P.A. today at (386) 693-1637 to request a case evaluation and learn more about the penalties you could be facing if you’re accused of a drug or controlled substance offense.

Drug Crime Penalties in Florida

Florida is known for having some of the harshest drug crime laws on the books, and that means a conviction for even a minor offense could net you a considerable amount of time in either a state jail or prison, a substantial fine, and other possible penalties as well. Drug crimes often “wobble” between both a misdemeanor and a felony offense, which means the nature of your penalties will largely vary based on the exact circumstances of your offense.

Drug Schedules in Florida

While there are a number of factors that influence the penalties you might be facing, arguably the most important is the type of substance you’re found with. Controlled substances are sorted into schedules, based on any accepted medical purposes and the potential risk a substance had for addition or abuse.

Drug schedules in Florida include the following:

  • Schedule I: These are generally the most severe, including drugs like LSD and heroin, but many people are surprised to learn that Florida considers marijuana as a Schedule I substance.
  • Schedule II: These are also highly-addictive substances, including PCP, cocaine, opioids, and certain types of methamphetamines.
  • Schedule III: These substances do have some accepted medical uses, but also have a high risk for addiction, including codeine and anabolic steroids.
  • Schedule IV: These are drugs that have widely-accepted medicinal uses but are often obtained illegitimately, such as through prescription fraud, often including Xanax or Valium.

Drug crimes often face significant penalties, including long prison sentences. While first offenses and small amounts of substances are often considered misdemeanor crimes, possessing larger amounts of these substances is often considered a felony that can carry decades’ worth of time behind bars and tens of thousands of dollars in fines. Don’t face these consequences alone; trust your case to an experienced attorney who can effectively combat your charges and fight to preserve your rights.

Contact Hager & Schwartz, P.A. online today and speak with a member of our team about your charges and let us help protect you!

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