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Due to Florida's proximity to international waters and numerous ports of entry, the state the state has an extremely high degree of drug trafficking and use. This reputation has been in place for many years, and as a result, the state legislature and judges have been equally involved in enacting and enforcing some of the toughest drug laws in the world.

If you have been charged with any type of drug crime, you certainly face a serious situation. However, that does not mean that you are without rights or that you should by any means simply allow the prosecution process to run its course passively. Anabelle Dias P.A. has years of experience in defending the rights of those accused with drug crimes in Florida, and they are available 24 hours per day to help you with your situation.

Below is a brief look at the drug laws that govern Florida.

Florida Drug Law Statutes:

893.13 Prohibited acts; penalties.--

(1)(a) Except as authorized by this chapter and chapter 499, it is unlawful for any person to sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver, a controlled substance. Any person who violates this provision with respect to:

  1. A controlled substance named or described in s. 893.03(1)(a), (1)(b), (1)(d), (2)(a), (2)(b), or (2)(c)4., commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
  2. A controlled substance named or described in s. 893.03(1)(c), (2)(c)1., (2)(c)2., (2)(c)3., (2)(c)5., (2)(c)6., (2)(c)7., (2)(c)8., (2)(c)9., (3), or (4) commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
  3. A controlled substance named or described in s. 893.03(5) commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

What this means for you is that handling, using, possessing or distributing any type of "controlled substance" will result in you facing not only a stressful prosecution process, but also prison time if you are convicted.

Florida Marijuana Laws and Statutes:

Many people may informally consider marijuana to be a "non-serious" drug, and as a result any offense in relation to it is not life-changing in nature. However, as you will see below, the Florida legislature does not agree, and the following represents the sentencing guidelines for marijuana offenses:

893.135 Trafficking; mandatory sentences; suspension or reduction of sentences; conspiracy to engage in trafficking.--

Any person who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state, or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of, in excess of 25 pounds of cannabis, or 300 or more cannabis plants, commits a felony of the first degree, which felony shall be known as "trafficking in cannabis," punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

Prison terms for cannabis-related offenses vary based on the amounts involved, but these prison terms can range from anywhere between three and 15 years in prison and carry a fine that ranges anywhere between $25,000 and $200,000.

Overall, drug and marijuana crimes can carry life-changing consequences. If you have been arrested or charged with a drug-related offense, it is critical that you contact Anabelle Dias & Associates, P.A. immediately for a consultation and explanation of the rights and strategies available to you.