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What should you know if charged with drug possession in Florida?

Facing criminal charges of any kind is overwhelming, frustrating and confusing. For individuals facing allegations of drug-related offenses, they may be unsure of the specific penalties they are facing and how they can fight back. You have the right to a defense, regardless of the type of drug charges against you.

One of the most common drug charges a person may face in Florida is drug possession charges. There are various types of possession charges, and the penalties vary depending on the severity of the charges against you and the details of your individual case. You may find it helpful to seek an evaluation of your case in order to understand your defense options.

Types of possession charges

One of the most effective ways to build a strong defense is to understand the charges against you. This helps you to develop a plan that will best allow you to confront these charges and hopefully mitigate some of the penalties you are facing. Drug possession charges in Florida include the following: 

  • First-degree misdemeanor possession charges come with potential penalties that can include up to one year in jail. With previous offenses, a person may also have to attend treatment or in-home detention.
  • With conviction of a third-degree felony possession comes penalties that include up to five years behind bars.
  • If convicted of third-degree felony possession, you can spend up to 30 years in prison and face fines as high as $250,000.

It is smart to take possession charges seriously, regardless of whether it is a misdemeanor or felony offense. The specific charges you are facing can depend on the type of drug allegedly involved and how much of it law enforcement found. You have the right to take immediate action to start defending your interests and developing a defense strategy.

You can fight back 

Regardless of the evidence against you, it is always worthwhile to fight to protect your future when facing drug possession charges. Your personal freedom, reputation and financial well-being are at stake. As soon as possible after an arrest, you can take steps to shield yourself and your rights.

A complete evaluation of your case can help you understand the defense options available to you and how you can proceed. This is a smart way to start the process of fighting back against these charges and challenging the prosecution's case.

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