Being accused of a drug crime in Florida can be an overwhelming experience. It is important to remember that you have the legal right to defend yourself against any criminal charges. Drug crimes are prosecuted very aggressively in both state and federal courts. Having an experienced attorney on your side could increase your chances of getting the charges against you reduced or dismissed. Being well informed and well represented is a good first step.

Types of Drug Crimes:

There are many types of drug crimes that may be prosecuted under Florida state law.

The following is a list of some of the most common offenses.

  • manufacturing of a controlled substance;
  • delivery of a controlled substance;
  • possession of a controlled substance;
  • possession with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver a controlled substance;
  • importation/trafficking of any controlled substance;
  • sale of a controlled substance;
  • fraudulently obtaining of a controlled substance
  • fraudulently prescribing of a controlled substance.

Offenses are not limited to those listed above, as there are many drug related criminal offenses in Florida. Many other offenses involve committing drug offenses near childcare facilities or schools and also include distribution of drugs to minors. If charged with a drug offense in Florida, you can face very serious penalties if convicted.

Penalties:

The penalties for drug offense convictions can range from misdemeanor to felony charges. Many factors can influence the charge. Sentencing can also range from a small fine and short jail sentence, to a steep fine and long prison sentence.

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If you or a loved one is facing charges for a drug related offense in Florida, we invite you to contact us, The Curry Law Group. Feel free to call or complete the form on this page. We serve the needs of the entire Tampa Bay area. Please allow our experienced attorneys at The Curry Law Group represent you today.

Statistics:

Drug offenders who have been sentenced to prison under the current minimum 85% of the sentence served policy will, on average, serve a significantly longer period of time in prison than at any time over the past 25 years. The average prison sentence under this policy has resulted in 2.5 years of incarceration compared to 1.8 years under the parole system of the early 1980′s and 1.2 years during the early prison release policy of the late 80′s and early 90’s.

Drug offenders will, on average, serve 2.5 years in prison if sentenced under the minimum 85% of the sentence served policy in FY 2003-2004 compared to less than a year (0.7) during the early prison release policy in FY 1988-1989.

Drug traffickers served an average of 2.3 to 2.9 years in prison every year from FY 1980-1981 to FY 1993-1994. In contrast, drug traffickers sentenced under the minimum 85% time served policy in FY 2003-2004 will serve an average of 5.1 years in prison.

*statistics taken from the Florida Department of Corrections website here: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/pub/timeserv/annual/section4.html

The Florida Statutes governing DRUG AB– USE PREVENTION AND CONTROL can be found here: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0800-0899/0893/0893ContentsIndex.html