Although the Florida Office of Drug Control says that over $300 million
has been invested in drug control programs statewide, there were still
1,553 arrests for drug-related offenses in Bay County in 2013. In fact,
illegal possession of controlled substances are of special concern to
law enforcement. According to The Office of Drug Control, cocaine is the
number one drug threat to the state of Florida.
Common drug offenses in the state of Florida include:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Possession with Intent to Distribute
- Sale, Trafficking, Cultivating
- Obtaining a Prescription by Fraud
Under Florida law, the prosecutor has to present evidence that the seized
material is a controlled substance. This usually requires scientific analysis
conducted by a crime lab. The prosecutor will also need to show that the
person actually knew or should have known about the illicit nature of
the controlled substance and its presence. They also must prove that the
person had control over the location where the controlled substance was found at.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, you should immediately consult
with an experienced attorney to discuss your legal options. Depending
on what you have been charged with, a skilled lawyer can create an effective
defense strategy to defend your rights.
Possible defenses include:
- Unlawful Search and Seizure
- Challenging Crime Lab Analysis
- Drugs Were Planted
- Medical Marijuana Exception
- Missing Drugs
Being arrested for a drug crime can have a devastating impact on your reputation
and future. Potential consequences include jail time, expensive fines
and probation, suspension of your driver's license, and a criminal
record that could have a negative effect on future employment and career
opportunities. This is why it is important to get legal assistance as
soon as possible if you have been charged with a drug crime.
Contact our St. Augustine team of criminal defense attorneys
to schedule a free consultation today.