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Inmates in Florida state prisons are incarcerated more often for drug offenses than for any other single offense. From July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, Florida state prisons admitted 25,362 inmates. Drug related offenses were responsible for a whopping 23.3% of those new inmate admissions. For theses new inmates, the average prison sentence was 3.3 years. 

Drug related offenses are often complex and technical cases that incur severe penalties. For this reason, you need to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible in order to protect your future.

About Drug and Trafficking Charges

Florida Statute 893.13 prohibits the sale, manufacture, or delivery of a controlled substance, and the possession with the intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver, a controlled substance. In other words, you can be charged with a drug offense if law enforcement has probable cause that you were in possession of a controlled substance or possessed a controlled substance with intent to sell. The maximum and minimum penalties depend on how the drug is scheduled and, in some cases, where the incident occurred. 

These crimes can be classified as a first-degree felony, a second-degree felony, a third-degree felony, or a first-degree misdemeanor. 

The prosecution usually relies on circumstantial evidence to prove these crimes. The way the drugs were packaged, finding money with the drugs, and scales or other paraphernalia. 

If the amount of drugs is over a certain amount, the State may charge trafficking in a controlled substance without any evidence of intent to sell. 

Our Services

If you have been charged with a drug offense, contact our firm right away so we can help. Our firm has experience in handling drug offenses and fights these charges aggressively.

Serious drug charges are often won or lost on pre-trial motions to exclude evidence obtained illegally, exclude prejudicial evidence, or dismiss charges. 

If retained, your attorney will work with you to develop the best strategy to put forth the strongest defense.  

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