Florida has tough laws against drug possession
The state of Florida has the toughest laws against marijuana possession in the U.S., much stronger than even the federal laws. A lot of arrests for drug possession are for small amounts of marijuana or drug paraphernalia. But because of its location on the coast and its proximity to ports, south Florida drug arrests sometimes involve DEA seizures of huge quantities of drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, and hashish.
Consequences of drug misdemeanors in Florida
A conviction on a misdemeanor drug crime like simple possession comes with a jail sentence of up to one year, and a fine of up to $1,000. Such a conviction can have very harsh consequences on your life after you serve your sentence and pay your fine. You can be denied rental housing, lose your driver’s license for six months to two years, be prevented from adopting a child or being a foster parent, be denied student loans, lose your right to vote, and many other privileges, even for a minor drug conviction.
That’s why if you’ve been charged with drug possession, or have reason to believe you will be, you need to act fast. An experienced, committed defense attorney who will aggressively defend you against drug possession charges, taking into account any special circumstances surrounding your case is your key to successfully fighting the charges.
Find a good attorney to help fight your drug charge
The consequences of a drug conviction are severe, and to fight drug charges, you need the help of an attorney who knows the system and has experience defending people charged with drug possession.
There are numerous occasions where people plead to simple drug offenses because of the relatively minor penalties. But by pleading guilty to “get it over with” you’ll spend the rest of your life explaining a criminal record: when you try to rent a house, when you apply for federal or state benefits, or when you apply for a student loan. Many of these cases are ones that could have been competently and robustly defended.
Our lawyers are ready to raise every possible defence and fight to get the charges dismissed. Don’t just plea. Talk to an experienced criminal lawyer first. You have too much at stake, even for a misdemeanour drug charge. So contact us today to discuss your case.