Florida, like every other state, faces increased drug abuse among its citizens. Drug dependency affects all and is not limited to any socio-economic demographic, age, or race. Not only are drugs like heroin and cocaine abused but also drugs like crystal meth, "Molly", and prescription pills are as well. Under Florida law, simple possession of a narcotic, including marijuana, is a crime. Florida characterizes drug into schedules based upon chemical composition and effect on the user.
Potential punishments depend on the classification of the drug. Florida continues to punish possession of marijuana. Possession of fewer than 20 grams of marijuana is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one-year in jail and a $1,000 fine, or both. Florida law increases the incarceration period, including mandatory minimum sentences, for trafficking, selling, or distributing narcotics. Florida's penalties for these crimes are extremely harsh.
Possession can be actual, constructive, or joint. Actual possession is fairly easy to understand. Constructive possession means that the person had the intent and ability to exercise control over the drug. Constructive possession is not hard to understand when the drug is in a car with the owner driving. What happens when four people are in the car? Should the police charge all four? Police frequently charge everyone in a car with possession of drugs, which can cause patently unfair results. You need an experienced Florida criminal defense attorney to fight for you if you face drug possession charges. Contact Englander Peebles today at (954) 500-4878 for a free initial consultation.