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There are several different types of drug charges in the state of Florida and all pose the risk of serious consequences. The three main categories of drug crimes include the possession of drugs, the selling or delivering of drugs and drug trafficking. The state of Florida is notorious for having many drug-related crimes due to the location of the state. Florida is an ideal location for international shipping and has led to significant amount of drug crimes. The penalties for a drug crime will vary depending on the specific offense, the type of drug involved, the amount of the drug and the defendant's criminal history.

The statues in Florida regarding drug crimes states that it is unlawful to knowingly or intentionally possess a listed chemical with the intention of manufacturing it as a controlled substance. It is also unlawful to possess or distribute any of the listed chemicals while knowing that it will later be used to manufacture a controlled substance. These offenses can be charged as a second degree felony with serious penalties. If you are facing drug charges in Florida, team up with a Boca Raton criminal lawyer from the Law Offices of Richard Tendler.

Drug Schedules in Florida

The three main categories as mentioned before are drug possession, drug dealing (sales/delivery) and drug trafficking. These offenses are different and hold varying consequences. The types of illegal drugs in Florida that could result in a drug crime charge are any of the following:

  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Ecstasy
  • LSD
  • Meth

Generally the penalties for drug crimes will depend on the type of drug. Drugs are categorized into schedules in the state of Florida and the charges will vary by schedule. The statues regarding illegal drugs can be found in Florida Statutes section 843.03. The Schedules vary from I to V and the differences are:

  • Schedule I: The most serious category of drugs that have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use
  • Schedule II: This category still has a high potential for abuse but there is an accepted medical use for the drug with restrictions
  • Schedule III: This category of drugs involve a potential for abuse that is less than Schedule I and II and there is an accepted medical use for the drug
  • Schedule IV: The drugs in this category have a low potential for abuse and there is an accepted medical use for these drugs
  • Schedule V: These types of drugs have the lowest potential for abuse and there is an accepted medical use in the U.S.

Three Types of Drug Crimes

The schedules/ categories of drugs play a significant role in the penalties that a defendant is facing. Whether you are charged with possession, trafficking or selling drugs, the schedule of the drug has an impact. A brief overview of the three types of crimes include:

Drug Possession: There are several different possession charges that depend on the type of drug found in possession and the amount of the drug. Possession is thought to be a more minor drug crime but a felony charge can still result.

Drug Dealing: Drug dealing involves selling or delivering drugs. This can also be termed possession with the intent to distribute. This is generally charged as a first degree felony with serious jail time, fines and other penalties. The exact consequences will depend on the amount of the drug and the type of drug.

Drug Trafficking: This is the most serious drug crime in Florida because it involves a larger-scale offense. Trafficking involves knowingly selling/delivering/manufacturing a controlled substance in a 'trafficking amount.' Florida has minimum threshold amounts that determine when possession is considered trafficking.

There can be separate charges for drug manufacturing, drug cultivation, possession of drug paraphernalia but these three are the most common categories of drug crimes used. When facing any of these charges, you are at risk of imprisonment, large fines, community service orders, probation orders, counseling and even house arrest. You need to build a solid defense to avoid these charges.

Contact the Law Offices of Richard Tendler for Representation

Need a lawyer for your drug crime case in Boca Raton? The consequences at stake are serious and you need an experienced drug defense attorney in Boca Raton to defend you. Contact me at the Law Offices of Richard Tendler for the help that you need. With 15 years of experience and innumerable cases under my belt, I can assist you in your drug crime case. Call a Boca Raton criminal attorney now to set up a consultation!

Florida Drug Crime Resource Links

Palm Beach County Drug Court

Narcotics Anonymous

Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act

Florida Laws on Workplace Drug Testing

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