Melbourne Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer
Defending the Accused in Brevard County, FL for Decades
Drug offense charges are common in Brevard County courts, but that does not make them any less serious. If you or someone you know is subject to a drug investigation or has been charged with drug crimes, we strongly urge you to avail yourself of our seasoned attorney at Law Offices of Laura D. Siemers.
With decades devoted exclusively to the practice of criminal defense in the Brevard County area, Attorney Laura Siemers is a trial lawyer with the kind of extensive experience needed to help you seek the most optimum case result possible.
Understanding Florida’s Drug Laws
Florida follows a Schedule of controlled substances which have been deemed unlawful due to their lack of medical value and their potential for physical and psychological addiction. Drugs are rated from top to bottom in five Schedules with the most dangerous at Schedule I. An example of a Schedule I drug is heroin.
Drug crimes involving controlled dangerous substances include:
- Simple possession
- Possession with intent to distribute
How you are charged in any drug crime case depends on what type of Scheduled drug was found in your possession, how much of it was found, and whether it was used or was intended to be used in distribution.
Florida Marijuana Laws
Currently, properly authorized medical marijuana is legal in the state. A bill to decriminalize possession of 20 grams or less has been put forward to the legislature to be decided in 2020 while the revenue from medical marijuana has put the state in gear for legalization of marijuana for all adult use.
Currently, however, possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana is charged as a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail plus court costs.
Drug Crime Penalties in Florida
Other drug possessions can be charged as third-degree felonies punishable by up to five years in prison. Large quantities of controlled substances, such as more than 28 grams of cocaine or more than four grams of heroin or an opiate, are charged as first-degree felonies punishable by up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.
Pretrial intervention programs and probation in lieu of jail time may be available in certain cases. To understand your position and your options, you can rely on the capable legal counsel you will find at Law Offices of Laura D. Siemers.
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