Understanding Penalties For Pot, Cocaine Charges In Florida

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Florida drug charges stemming from marijuana and cocaine carry some of the steepest penalties in the nation.

Under Florida law, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles can suspend your driver's license for one year if you have been convicted of possession, sale, trafficking, or conspiracy to possess, sell, or traffic marijuana and/or cocaine. The driver's license suspension can be imposed on either a misdemeanor or a felony offense.

You may also face a three, seven, or 15-year mandatory prison sentence, depending on the circumstances.

Understanding Possession Of Marijuana In Florida

Although the legalization of marijuana has gained momentum in areas of the country, pot is still illegal in the state of Florida.

Under Florida law, if you are in possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, you can be charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. You can face simple possession charges if you possess any part of the plant, such as a seed or leaf. If you are found with over 20 grams you can face felony charges. Twenty-five pounds or 300 cannabis plants could be considered drug trafficking.

Possession Of Cocaine In Florida

Under Florida law, if you are in possession of cocaine, you can face third-degree felony charges.

The penalties are more serious if the amount is substantial. Possession of 28 grams of cocaine or more may be considered drug trafficking — a first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison — because authorities presume it is intended for distribution.

The manufacture, sale, delivery and trafficking of either marijuana or cocaine all carry their own separate penalties.

Hiring a team of aggressive attorneys to help defend against these charges is extremely important if you want to maintain your driving privileges and stay out of jail!

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At the Law Offices of Alex Hanna, P.A., we are experienced attorneys and represent individuals in Florida, Broward, Palm Beach and throughout all Florida facing drug trafficking and other criminal defense charges.

We know the law and will analyze your case to make sure officers did not violate your Fourth Amendment rights. Any unlawful conduct can and has led to the suppression of incriminating evidence and even charges getting completely dropped against you.

If you have been charged with a marijuana or cocaine drug offense, call our office today to speak with a lawyer. Free consultations. Telephones answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.