Drug Trafficking in Florida
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Florida vigorously prosecutes those caught with trafficking drugs. Despite the common perception in the media, drug trafficking charges are not only reserved for criminal masterminds. Due to the serious nature of these crimes, mandatory-minimum prison sentences are imposed. In addition, your home, vehicle, or cash that police believe has a connection to the crime can all be seized.
If you have been charged with drug trafficking in Florida, The Law Office of David A. Webster, P.A. is committed to protecting your rights, reputation, and future. With more than 30 years of combined experience, our Seminole County criminal defense lawyers have handled thousands. We understand what it takes to either get your entire case dismissed or your charges reduced.
Is Selling Drugs a Felony in Florida?
In Florida, selling drugs is a felony and the degree can increase depending on the drug and where you are selling the drugs. Selling cocaine is generally a second-degree felony with a maximum of 15 years in prison. Selling marijuana, prescription drugs, and most other controlled substances is a third-degree felony with a maximum prison sentence of 5 years. If you sell drugs within 1,000 feet of a church, school, etc the charge could be raised by one degree. First-degree felonies carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years. If you are struggling with addiction, a prison sentence will only do you more harm. Most judges realize this and are open to foregoing prison sentences if the defendant will agree to a rehabilitation program.
Florida Drug Trafficking Laws
Under Florida law, drug trafficking is defined as the intent to sell, deliver, purchase, possess, manufacture, or transport a specific amount of a controlled substance. The minimum amount which leads to trafficking charges differs with each drug. Depending on the situation, you could face jail time or fines.
The following are the minimum threshold quantity need to support a Florida drug trafficking charge:
- Marijuana – 25 pounds or 300 plants
- Heroin – four grams
- Cocaine – 28 grams
- LSD – one gram
- MDMA (Ecstasy) – 10 grams
- Hydrocodone – 14 grams
- Fentanyl – four grams
- Oxycodone – seven grams
- GHB – one kilogram
- Fentanyl – four grams
The penalties for these minimum amounts include a maximum prison sentence of three years and fines of up to $50,000.
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