Orlando Drug Crime Lawyer
A drug bust can lead to many different crimes and possibly time served in jail. Drugs like marijuana are still illegal in Florida, a fact that many visitors to our state might not recognize. If you have been busted for drug possession or distribution, you need an attorney in your corner who understands how the prosecutor thinks. At DSK Law, many of our Orlando drug crimes lawyers are former prosecutors who are willing to put their experience to work for you.
Misdemeanor Drug Crimes
A misdemeanor is a less serious offense than a felony, though this is relative. Misdemeanors still carry serious consequences, which we will discuss below. There are two misdemeanor drug crimes in Florida:
- Possession of a small amount of marijuana; and
- Possession of any drug paraphernalia, such as bongs, pipes, rolling papers, etc.
If convicted for a misdemeanor drug charge, a defendant can face up to a year in jail and loss of license for two years. There are also many collateral consequences, such as difficulty finding a job or renting an apartment, or the loss of a professional license.
At DSK Law, our policy is to treat misdemeanor drug crimes just as seriously as felony drug crimes. Few people are prepared for the negative consequences that possessing a tiny bit of marijuana can bring, and we are committed to reducing the legal charges against you.
Felony Drug Crimes
Felonies are more serious crimes and therefore receive a disproportionate amount of media attention. Felonies are categorized by degree: first, second, and third, with first-degree being the most serious. Felony drug crimes include:
- This includes possessing all drugs, including larger amounts of marijuana. Possession is a third-degree felony.
- Possession with intent to distribute. If the purpose of possessing drugs is to distribute them to others, then you can be charged with a second-degree felony.
- Sale or distribution. This is either a second-degree or third-degree felony based on the facts. For example, selling a small amount of marijuana is a third-degree felony. Sale or distribution of other drugs is a second-degree felony.
- The most serious drug crime. It is a first-degree felony punishable up to 30 years in prison. However, the amount of time depends on the drug being trafficked and the amount.
If convicted of a felony, defendants can face years in jail, lose their licenses, undergo periodic drug testing, and perform community service. Felons also lose many important rights, including the right to vote in elections and serve on a jury, as well as the ability to own a firearm.
Speak to a Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer in Orlando
The War on Drugs has shown no signs of letting up, and those caught up in a drug bust need an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as they come into contact with the police. If you or a loved one has been arrested, please reach out to us today.
At DSK Law, many of our attorneys are former prosecutors who have handled countless drug cases. We believe in an aggressive, detailed defense, and are willing to take your case to court, if necessary. To start your defense right away, please call or fill out our contact form.