Martin County Drug Crime Defense Lawyers
Fighting for Your Rights & Best Interests
The accusation of a drug crime in Florida means you could be facing serious legal repercussions, if convicted. It’s not uncommon for prosecutors to seek the harshest punishments for drug crime convictions. At Deckard, Kofsky & Clark, LLC, we understand the gravity of your situation and have successfully fought against these charges for many clients. We have a deep knowledge of drug crime laws and will use this to create a strong and effective defense.
Call our office at (772) 238-7231 today. We serve residents of Stuart, Jupiter, and the surrounding areas.
What Is a Drug Crime?
A drug crime is the illegal possession, manufacturing, and/or distribution of a controlled substance that has the potential for abuse.
These substances include, but are not limited to:
Drug Crime Penalties
The penalty for a drug crime can vary greatly and depends upon a wide variety of factors. For example, a person caught in possession of a small amount of morphine is likely to face a much lighter sentence than a person caught with a truckload of cocaine.
Drugs are sorted into classifications known as schedules and each schedule carries a different degree of punishment. Drug schedules are influenced by how dangerous a certain substance is if taken in large quantities as well as the level of addictive properties.
Florida drug schedules include the following:
- Schedule I: these substances include LSD, heroin, and marijuana
- Schedule II: these substances include PCP, cocaine, opioids, and certain types of methamphetamines
- Schedule III: these substances include a number of high-risk drugs that do not have medical uses such as codeine and anabolic steroids
- Schedule IV: these substances include drugs that have authentic medical uses such as Xanax and Valium
Penalties for drug crimes vary based on the drug schedule, the quantity, and the type of crime the person is accused of doing.
A court follows these guidelines when determining penalties for drug possession:
- If someone is found with more than 10 grams of a schedule I drug, they could face a 1st degree felony and receive up to 30 years in jail and/or a fine not exceeding $10,000
- If someone is found with more than 10 grams of any other drug, they could face a 3rd degree felony and receive up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine not exceeding $5,000
- If someone is found with up to 20 grams of marijuana, they could face a 1st degree misdemeanor and receive up to 1 year in prison and/or a fine not exceeding $1,000
- If someone is found with more than 20 grams of marijuana, they could face up to 5 years in prison and a fine not exceeding $5,000
Helping You Create a Solid Defense
At Deckard, Kofsky & Clark, LLC, our drug crime attorneys in Stuart are ready to litigate your position in the courtroom. We will work closely with you to create a strong defense strategy and aggressively advocate for your rights.
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