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Drug Possession

Drug possession in Florida can be a very serious offense. For the most part the severity of a drug possession charge is determined by the type of drug possessed and more importantly the quantity of the drug possessed. Arrests for drug possession in Orlando and Kissimmee are very common. Most of the commonly charged drug possession cases such as powder or crack Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, GHB and LSD are felonies regardless of the amount possessed.  Often charged with drug possession is the crime of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia which a first degree misdemeanor. See Florida Statute 893.145 for a definition of what can be considered drug paraphernalia. If you have been arrested in Orlando or Kissimmee it may be in your best interest to consult with Orlando criminal defense attorney Will Corzo or Sam Kohrs.

“I’ve been arrested in Orlando or Kissimmee for drug possession, what are my options?”
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Penalties

Pursuant to Florida Statute 893.13(6)(a) …it is unlawful for any person to be in actual or constructive possession of a controlled substance. Below is a listing of penalties associated with the crime of possessing commonly known “controlled substances.”

Misdemeanors

One of the most common misdemeanor drug possession crimes in Orlando, Kissimmee, and throughout Central Florida is possession of less than 20 grams of Cannabis (Marijuana) which is a first degree misdemeanor with a maximum possible penalty of up to 1 year in county jail or 1 year of county supervised probation and/or up to a $1,000 fine. Also, if formally convicted (court does NOT withhold adjudication) your driver’s license will be suspended for two years.

Felonies

Commonly charged in Orlando, Kissimmee and throughout Central Florida possession (simple*) of any of the below listed drugs is a third degree felony with a maximum possible penalty of 5 years in state prison or 5 years of state supervised probation and/or up to a $5,000 fine. Also, if formally convicted (court does NOT withhold adjudication) your driver’s license will be suspended for two years.

  1. Possession of Cocaine (powder or crack):
  2. Possession of Heroin
  3. Possession of Meth (Methamphetamine)
  4. Possession of MORE than 20 grams of Cannabis (Marijuana)
  5. Possession of GHB
  6. Possession of LSD

* Simple possession refers to possession of an amount of drugs consistent with recreational or personal use as opposed to a large amount of drugs that may be indicative of drug sale or trafficking.

**Disclaimer: The information on this page should be used as a reference only and is not intended to be legal advice. Florida criminal law is continually changing therefore some of the provisions contained here may be out of date. It is always best to consult with an Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney about your legal rights and responsibilities regarding your particular case.**

A complete listing of all Florida Statutes can be found at http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes

Consult With an Experienced Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are convicted of a Drug Crime in Florida you subject yourself to the following: a permanent criminal record, loss of professional or occupational license, suspension of driver’s license, community service, possible jail or prison time, fines and possible job loss.
 
The facts of every Drug Sale or Drug Possession case is different and often complex that is why it is important that you obtain representation from an Orlando criminal defense attorney experienced in defending, not prosecuting these types of crimes.
 
If you have been arrested and charged with Drug Sale or Possession or any other criminal offense contact Orlando criminal defense attorney Will Corzo or Sam Kohrs.

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