What Types Of Drug Offense Cases Does Your Firm Typically Handle?
We will handle any level of drug offenses. We’ll work on anything from a simple possession case to large scale trafficking or conspiracies. The stakes are a lot higher in those cases but at the same time, we have a lot more expertise.
How Is A Drug Charge Determined To Be Either A Misdemeanor Or a Felony Charge?
There are not a lot of misdemeanor drug charges in Florida. There is basically one and it involves marijuana. In Florida, marijuana is still an illegal drug and the determination of whether it is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony revolves around the amount involved. If it’s an amount that is likely for personal use, it gets charged as a misdemeanor. If it’s an amount that’s obviously not just for personal use, then you are getting into the felony range.
What Is An Unlawful Controlled Substance?
Anything that is a prescribed drug by a physician is not an unlawful controlled substance, although it is a controlled substance. Drugs that are not prescribed by physicians, like cocaine, heroin, and marijuana are unlawful controlled substances.
What Is Considered Possession, Sale, Distribution And Intent To Distribute Unlawful Drugs?
Possession is generally defined as an amount that can be for personal use. Sale, distribution, and intent to distribute is often defined by a large quantity of the drug. If I had a vial of cocaine in my pocket, that’s clearly for personal use. If I have a couple of kilograms of cocaine, that’s not for personal use. It is presumed that it is for sale or distribution. If I have three bags of heroin that are small, personal use bags but they are wrapped up in a neat cellophane package and they look like they are going to be sold or distributed, that’s another indication, as would be equipment with me that is used to weigh it.
What Is Considered Drug Trafficking In Florida? When Does It Become A Federal Charge?
Drug trafficking is a violation of both state and of federal law. They are not separate and distinct crimes; they could violate both federal and state law at the same time. Drug trafficking is generally driven by the quantity of the drug involved and the method upon which it is being used. If it’s being transported, packaged, or manufactured, this is all in the realm of drug trafficking.
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