Drug Crimes Lawyer in Sarasota
Compassionate Defense Against Drug Charges in Manatee County, Florida
Being convicted of a criminal charge will cause harm to your future, no matter the severity of the crime. While drug crimes may be relatively less serious than other crimes, a conviction will leave you paying huge fines, suffering possible jail sentences, and carrying a criminal record with you for years to come. At Lail Law Firm, PLLC, I can help you fight the charges against you and protect your future through aggressive representation. Get an experienced drug crimes attorney in Sarasota on your side.
Is Marijuana Possession a Felony in Florida?
Medical marijuana is not considered a controlled substance. You can still be charged with a 1st-degree misdemeanor for marijuana possession for any amount less than 20 grams.
You can be charged with an intent to sell for marijuana, and if there's enough evidence to prove that you will be charged with a much higher penalty. Individuals charged with less than 20 grams of marijuana face misdemeanor charges for drug possession.
What are the Penalties for Drug Possession in Florida?
Drug possession could be considered a felony. Criminals can be charged with a year in prison and a fine from $1,000 - $750,000. Depending on your Florida Drug Possession or Drug Trafficking charge, you could be looking at anywhere from 1 year - 30 years in state prison. If you were charged with possession of cocaine, heroin, or other illegal drugs, you can be charged with a 3rd-degree felony. Penalties for 3rd-degree felonies include 5 years of prison time and a fine up to $5,000.
Is DMT Illegal in Florida?
DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a powerful hallucinogenic drug illegal in Florida. Since 2019, DMT has been classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.
DMT Possession Charges
Those caught possessing DMT or any other Schedule I drug in Florida can face felony charges and severe penalties.
The Florida Statutes outlines various punishments for those found guilty of possessing DMT. Depending on the amount of the drug involved, a person can be charged with either a third-degree felony or a first-degree felony. A third-degree felony carries up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines, while a first-degree felony charge can result in up to 30 years of imprisonment and $10,000 in fines. Besides jail time, convicted persons may also have to pay hefty court costs and fees.
In some cases, individuals accused of DMT possession may be eligible for drug court programs or diversion programs aimed at rehabilitating instead of punishing them. Speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands the laws surrounding DMT possession charges in Florida and can help protect your legal rights throughout the proceedings is important.
Is Acid Illegal in Florida?
Acid (LSD) is illegal because it is considered a Schedule I Drug. the penalties for possession of it are:
1 -5 grams: 3-30 years of prison time
5-7 grams: 7 years of prison time minimum and a fine of $100,000
Over 7 grams: 15 years minimum prison time and $500,000 fine.
Fighting Drug Charges in Florida
Punishments for drug possession can range in severity, and some even include jail time. You need to take these charges seriously. At Lail Law Firm, PLLC, our Sarasota drug crimes attorney knows how serious these charges really are. They can have a significant, negative effect on your life, which is why I work to give you the best possible outcome for your situation.
In defending your case, I will make sure to challenge all evidence against you, including:
- Probable cause: Was the evidence in question collected in a lawful, legal manner? If not, we can have it dismissed.
- Lab analysis: Law enforcement sometimes accuse people of crimes because they believe a substance is illegal, even when it isn’t. I can make the prosecution present proof of their claims before they try and enforce a criminal penalty.
- Existing evidence: You would be surprised at how often drugs disappear from the evidence locker. I can request that the prosecution produce the substances in question.
- Medical exemptions: Some of my clients are arrested for substances they can legally possess for medical purposes. I can ensure your rights are upheld in these circumstances.
Discuss Your Case With a Sarasota Drug Crime Attorney
After more than a decade spent helping the accused defend themselves, I know how devastating it can feel to be arrested for a drug crime. You deserve an advocate who can give you caring, aggressive representation. I have handled thousands of criminal defense cases, and I understand what it takes to help my clients secure favorable outcomes. If you’ve been accused of drug possession and need an experienced Sarasota drug crimes attorney on your side, contact Lail Law Firm, PLLC today.
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