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Drug Possession Attorney in Fort Lauderdale

Possession Laws in Florida

Fort Lauderdale drug possession defense lawyer Randall Haas has significant experience both inside and outside of the courtroom defending clients from federal drug possession charges. Randall Haas is a Florida drug crimes attorney with over 30 years of criminal trial practice. He is skilled in the most effectual techniques of drug crimes defense, from examining the basis for a search warrant to challenging the probable cause for a traffic stop resulting in the seizure of drugs, to attacking the testimony credibility of a confidential informant. Attorney Haas has handled cases for personal narcotic use and trafficking narcotics, including marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, and prescription narcotics, like Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Xanax.

If the facts of your case do not favor a defense or on constitutional grounds or on the merits of the charge, your Florida drug crime defense attorney can work with the prosecuting attorneys to negotiate a plea on agreeable terms and can develop the facts to support moderate treatment in when it comes to sentencing.

Call (954) 388-9001 and schedule your initial consultation with a Florida drug crimes lawyer today.

We Handle All Types of Possession Charges

In the state of Florida, drugs and the compounds used to create them are classified as controlled dangerous substances. Florida regulates the possession of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) and the penalties associated with their possession. The possession of a CDS can be punished as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the type and the amount of the substance involved. Misdemeanors are less serious than felonies and therefore receive less jail time and smaller fines.

The state of Florida does not consider ownership in possession crimes. Even if a drug does not belong to you, you may still be held criminally liable for actual or constructive possession. Actual possession refers to when a substance is in your physical custody, such as in your pocket. Constructive possession occurs when you have knowledge of the whereabouts of a CDS and you also have the ability to physically control it, such as placing it in the glove compartment of your car.

We can help you with virtually any drug crimes charges including:

  • Sale, Delivery, Or Distribution Of Illegal Drugs
  • Drug Possession Involving Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Or Other Controlled Substances
  • Cultivation Or Manufacture Of Drugs Such As Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Or Crack
  • Possession Or Sale Of Unauthorized Prescription Drugs, Party Drugs, Or Hallucinogens Such As Lsd, Mdma, Ghb, Vioxx, Oxycontin, Ecstasy, Or Anabolic Steroids
  • Federal Drug Smuggling Or Distribution Conspiracy Cases

Florida Controlled Dangerous Substances Classification Schedules

  • Schedule I drugs (such as heroin) are drugs that have a high potential for abuse and have no accepted medical use.
  • Schedule II drugs (such as opium and morphine) have a high potential for abuse, have an accepted medical use with severe restrictions, and their abuse has the potential for severe psychic and physical dependence.
  • Schedule III drugs (such as anabolic steroids) have a potential for abuse less than Schedule I or II drugs, have an accepted medical use, and their abuse may lead to low or moderate physical dependence and high psychological dependence.
  • Schedule IV drugs (such as diazepam) have a lower potential for abuse than Schedule III drugs, have an acceptable medical use, and their abuse may lead to limited psychological and physical dependence in relation to Schedule III drugs.
  • Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential for abuse relative to Schedule IV CDS, have a currently accepted medical use, and have a limited risk of physical or psychological dependence relative to Schedule IV CDS. Schedule V drugs include medicines that contain very small amounts of specified narcotic drugs.

(Florida Statute Section 893.03.)

Florida Drug Possession Penalties

According to Florida Criminal Code Section 893.13, 775.082, and 775.083 misdemeanor possession in Florida is referred to as a misdemeanor in the first degree, this is punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.

Habitual misdemeanor offenders may be penalized by six months to one year in prison, home detention for six months to 364 days or be required to enroll in a residential treatment program:

  • up to 20 grams of marijuana
  • up to three grams of 2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-5-(2-methyloctan-2-yl)phenol
  • up to three grams of (6aR,10aR)-9-(hydroxymethyl)-6,6-dimethyl-3-(2-methyloctan-2-yl)-6a,7,10,10a-tetrahydrobenzo
  • up to three grams of [c]chromen-1-ol
  • up to three grams of 48. 1-Pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole, or
  • up to three grams of 49. 1-Butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl) indole.

In felony possession cases, CDS is considered either a felony in the first or third degree. First degree possession felonies are the most serious and receive the harshest penalties. First-degree felony possession involves the actual or constructive possession of a Schedule I CDS in excess of 10 grams and is punishable by up to 30 years incarceration, a fine of $10,000 or both. However, first-degree felony possession does not include hallucinogens, 1,4-Butanediol, GBL, GHB, methaqualone or mecloqualone.

Felony possession in the third degree refers to the actual or constructive possession of any drugs not covered in first degree felony possession. third degree felony possession in Florida is punishable by up to 5 years incarceration, a fine of $5,000 or both.

Florida punishes habitual felony offenders harshly. A person that has two or more prior felony convictions faces increased penalties for any subsequent convictions. If that person commits a first degree felony, the penalty can include up to life in prison. If a person commits a third degree felony, the penalty can include up to ten years in prison.

Contact Drug Possession Legal Counsel Today

If you or a loved one is facing charges for drug crimes in Florida, take your defense into your own hands by hiring an experienced Florida drug crime defense lawyer from the Law Offices of A. Randall Haas. Our skilled drug crime attorneys in Florida will fight their hardest to get your charges reduced or even dismissed.

We offer initial consultations at no charge. Contact us today at (954) 388-9001 or online.

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