West Palm Beach Drug Defense Attorney
Being accused of a drug crime is a terrifying and potentially life-altering experience for anyone. Possible criminal penalties for these charges include imprisonment, substantial fines, probation, or all three. The charges may also make it harder to rent or buy a home, or get a job.
With the exception of misdemeanor possession of marijuana (less than 20 grams), all Florida Drug charges are felonies. Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance is also a federal offense, which carries severe penalties. A person facing charges in the United States for certain quantities may be subject to mandatory minimum sentences and multimillion dollar fines.
It's possible that your drug charges could be dropped or reduced. Evidence may be deemed inadmissible if, for instance, the arresting officer illegally searched and seized your home or person. A drug defense attorney in West Palm Beach may be able to help you get your charges dropped or reduced.
If you have been charged with a drug crime in Florida, you should immediately retain the services of a skilled drug lawyer in West Palm Beach. Ian Goldstein and the firm have extensive experience defending clients against drug charges of all levels, from misdemeanors to felonies to federal offenses. They put their clients' interests first and will do whatever it takes to win your case.
In West Palm Beach, Broward County, Palm Beach County, and the surrounding areas, the Law Offices of Ian Goldstein defends both adults and juveniles accused of drug crimes. Contact our law firm at (561) 600-0950 or via email right away to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to go over your defense options.
Florida Drug Charges
Drug crimes in Florida can range from relatively minor infractions to life-altering felony convictions. The consequences for committing a federal felony can be more severe. The Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act is found in Chapter 893.13 of the Florida Statutes and contains the state's drug offenses. Cases may involve accusations such as:
- Simple Possession
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Possession with Intent to Sell/Distribute
- Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs
- Marijuana Possession
- Cocaine Possession
- Heroin Possession
- Meth Possession
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Drug Trafficking
Florida Drug Schedule
The state of Florida divides drugs into five different schedules, labeled I through V. Drugs are classified under Florida Statute 893.03 based on their addictive properties, medical applications, and the consequences of misuse. Generally speaking, the penalties associated with Schedule I drugs are the harshest, while those associated with Schedule V drugs are less severe.
Drugs that are under Schedule I are drugs that have no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I substances include GHB, heroin, LSD, and marijuana.
Drugs that are under Schedule II have a low level of accepted medical use and a high risk of abuse in the United States. The statute warns that prolonged substance abuse can cause severe psychological or physical dependence. Drugs like opium, cocaine, methamphetamine, Adderall, and painkillers like Oxycodone and Vicodin fall under Schedule II.
Drugs that are under Schedule III have an abuse potential, albeit one that is lower than that of Schedule I and Schedule II drugs. Moreover, its medical value has been recognized in the USA. Anabolic steroids and ketamine are two such substances.
Drugs that are under Schedule IV have more legitimate medical uses and a lower potential for abuse than Schedule III drugs. Drugs like Ambien and Xanax are examples of this category.
Drugs that are under Schedule V have a low potential for abuse and legitimate medical applications in the US. Some codeine-low cough syrups available by prescription are under Schedule V.
Penalties for Drug Charges in Florida
Penalties for various drug offenses are outlined in Florida Statute 893.13. Penalties for drug offenses can range from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies, depending on the nature of the charge and the quantity of drugs involved.
However, penalties can be severe; in Florida, for example, possessing any controlled substance (aside from marijuana) is considered a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. In addition to a permanent criminal record, you may also have your driving privileges revoked.
- Up to 30 years in Prison
- Up to $10000 fine
- Up to 15 Years in Prison
- Up to $10,000 fine
- Up to 5 years in Prison
- Up to $5,000 fine
- Up to 1 year in Jail
- Up to $1,000 fine
- Up to 60 Days in Jail
- Up to $500 fine
Additional Penalties for Florida Drug Charges
Substance abuse treatment, random drug testing, community service, negative effects on employment or military status, probation, parole, and a permanent criminal record are all possible additional penalties.
Additionally, regardless of whether the charge was related to driving or not, if you are convicted of a drug offense in Florida, your driver's license will be suspended immediately for up to two years, or until you have been evaluated and completed drug treatment, if necessary.
A judge can reinstate a driver's license for work purposes after a six-month suspension, but only after the offender has served their sentence. The penalties for driving with a suspended license are harsher than they might seem at first. You should consult a West Palm Beach drug lawyer to help you challenge the consequences.
West Palm Beach Drug Defense Lawyer Near Me
Criminal defense attorney Ian Goldstein is available to discuss the details of your case if you have been arrested for a drug crime in Palm Beach County. You should consult with a criminal defense attorney in West Palm Beach who is well versed in Florida's drug laws to determine whether you have any viable defenses to the charges against you.
The Law Offices of Ian Goldstein will fight hard on your behalf and may even be able to get your charges dropped or reduced. Get in touch with us at (561) 600-0950 to arrange a no-cost initial consultation.