Legal Representation for People Facing Serious Drug Sale Charges
Not everyone who is arrested for selling drugs in Florida is guilty; but these types of arrests nevertheless happen quite often, especially in Jacksonville, which has the largest population of any city in the state. Both state and federal officials in Florida participate actively in the “war on drugs,” cracking down on suspected sellers or traffickers of drugs.
Florida’s lawmakers, police, and prosecutors show little interest in leniency or mercy when it comes to prosecuting suspected drug sales. Florida’s criminal laws carry harsh penalties for conviction of drug sales, including the possibility of prison time, parole requirements, and a criminal record that may burden you for many years.
If you’ve been arrested for selling drugs in Florida or charged with a drug-sales-related crime, don’t wait: call the criminal defense attorneys at Farah & Farah. Our legal team can aggressively protect your legal rights while fighting for the best possible outcome in your case.
Florida Drug Sales Laws
Florida law prohibits the sale of a wide range of controlled substances, with the penalties based on what type and amount of controlled substance is involved. As a general rule, Florida’s penalties for drug sales depend on how the drug is classified by the federal government.
The federal government classifies controlled substances using five different “schedules,” numbered from I to V. Schedule I substances are illegal to possess in nearly all possible circumstances; they are substances the federal government has determined to be highly dangerous and to have little or no medical value. Drugs in Schedules II through V, however, are generally considered to be less dangerous and/or to have medical value; many of these drugs may be possessed legally by a person with a valid doctor’s prescription.
In Florida, the penalties for a drug sales conviction are often more severe if a drug is classified Schedule I than if the drug appears in a different schedule. For instance, a conviction of selling any drug that appears on Schedule I, such as heroin, carries a stricter penalty than a conviction of selling a drug that appears on Schedule IV, such as Valium.
Drug Sales vs. Drug Trafficking: What is the Difference in Florida?
Florida recognizes a difference between drug “sales” and drug “trafficking.” While a conviction for drug sales may be based on any amount of a controlled substance, a conviction for drug trafficking must be based on a certain minimum amount.
The amount of a controlled substance that must be present in order to support a drug trafficking charge varies, depending on the drug involved. For instance, a drug trafficking charge based on marijuana possession requires the charged person to have at least 25 pounds or 300 plants.
Because drug trafficking deals with larger amounts of controlled substances than drug sales, it’s not surprising that many of the penalties for a trafficking conviction are more severe than the penalties for drug sales charges. Regardless of the charge, however, possible penalties include jail or prison time, heavy fines, drug treatment, probation, and other requirements.
Protecting and Preserving Your Legal Rights
At Farah & Farah, our Jacksonville drug crime defense attorneys have years of experience fighting for the rights of Floridians. If you’re facing drug sales charges or any other drug charge, call us at 855-797-9899 immediately. We can help you protect and preserve your legal rights.