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Daytona Beach Drug Possession Attorneys

Working Relentlessly in Volusia County to Defend Your Innocence

In Florida, drug possession is a serious crime. It can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, and the conviction penalties at either level are steep. If you're found guilty, the court may have you incarcerated and/or fined. Additionally, your conviction will show up on your criminal record, which means even after you've done the time, you'll feel the effects of it for years. Hiring managers, landlords, schools, and others may conduct a background check on you, and they might base their final decision on your past mistakes. To seek to avoid the life-altering consequences of a drug possession conviction, challenge the allegations with the help of a seasoned lawyer.

Together, our Daytona Beach attorneys have over four decades of combined experience and know what it takes to fight your charge. At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., we genuinely care about those we serve and how their cases resolve, and we will handle your matter with compassion and understanding. We have taken on cases of various complexity and have gone up against tough opponents, but we never back down, and we aggressively defend the accused from beginning to end.

Schedule your free initial consultation by calling us at (386) 693-1637 or contacting us online.

The Prosecutor's Burden of Proof in a Drug Possession Case

You are innocent until proven guilty. That means, if you've been charged with drug possession, it's not your duty to prove your innocence. Instead, the burden rests on the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the alleged offense.

In your drug possession case, to meet their burden, the prosecution must demonstrate that:

  • You had a controlled substance in your possession
  • The substance is illegal
  • You knew that the substance was on or near you
  • You had control over the substance

Having control over a substance means that a person had the drug on them, near them, or in a separate location. If the drug wasn't actually in your possession, the prosecutor must provide additional evidence showing that you had the ability to exercise control of the drug.

As former state prosecutors, our attorneys know the tactics the other side uses to prove drug possession cases. Leveraging our unique insight, we can develop defense strategies crafted to anticipate the prosecution's moves. When you hire Hager & Schwartz, P.A., you can be confident that you will have a team on your side who knows what they're doing.

The Penalties for Drug Possession

In Florida, certain drugs are controlled and regulated by the government. Because each substance produces different effects, some more severe than others, they are classified into five schedules based on their addictiveness, their accepted medical use (if any), and their likelihood of causing physical or psychological dependency.

Because some controlled substances are considered more harmful than others, the punishments for drug possession differ – mostly depending on the schedule the drug is in.

The potential conviction penalties for drug possession are as follows:

Schedule V drugs:

  • Second-degree misdemeanor
    • Up to 60 days in jail, and/or
    • A fine of up to $500

20 grams or less of cannabis:

  • First-degree misdemeanor
    • Up to 1 year in jail, and/or
    • A fine of up to $1,000

More than 10 grams of certain Schedule I or II drugs:

  • First-degree felony
    • Up to 30 years in prison, and/or
    • A fine of up to $10,000

Substances other than those listed above

  • Third-degree felony
    • Up to 5 years in prison, and/or
    • A fine of up to $5,000

Get the Effective Advocacy You Deserve

If you've been accused of drug possession in Daytona Beach, get skilled defense on your side right away. When you retain our services, our lawyers will meticulously review every detail of your case to fight your charge.

Learn more about how we can help by calling Hager & Schwartz, P.A. at (386) 693-1637 or submitting an online contact form.

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