By the term “drug possession charges” when you hear them, don’t be confused. There is no need to fear drug possession charges in Florida. That being said, if you are accused of having a small number of drugs or even nothing, it is probably worth looking into this firsthand. Look Here for everything you need to know about Florida’s law on drug possession charges.
What is a Drug Possession Charge?
A drug possession charge is a misdemeanor law that would charge you for looking at, handling, or selling drugs. There are two types of drug possession charges in Florida:
- simple possession of less than an ounce of drugs and
- simple sale of more than an ounce of drugs.
If you are found guilty on either count, your case will be referred to the Department of Children and Families for possible protection from prosecution.
How to Define a Drug Possession Charge?
The first thing you need to understand about drug possession charges in Florida is that they are not “felonies.” Instead, they are misdemeanor laws. Felony drug possession charges typically contain more than just a bag of drugs. Generally, the total package of drugs hauled away from the scene of drug possession will be counted as one count. The District Attorney’s Office will decide how much of that total package to charge as a felony.
What Are the Charges for a Drug Possession in Florida?
There are four different types of drug possession in Florida:
- Simple possession of less than an ounce of drugs
- Simple sale of more than an ounce of drugs
- Gross misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of drugs
- Gross misdemeanor sale of more than an ounce of drugs
The good news is that it is doubtful that you will be found guilty on any of the 58 counts against you in a drug possession charge in Florida. The three counts that would have most likely led to jail time are counts one, two, and three, which carry a maximum penalty of one year and a $1,000 fine. If you are found guilty on all of these counts, then it is likely that you will be charged and convicted as a gross misdemeanor.
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