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Defending Against Marijuana & Cocaine Possession Charges in Jacksonville

Aggressive representation from Florida drug crime lawyers

When you have been charged with drug possession, you need to be represented by an assertive and knowledgeable attorney. At Robert Shafer & Associates, P.A., our lawyers have more than 80 years of combined experience handling drug crimes cases in Florida. Few drug crime charges are as severe as marijuana or cocaine possession. We provide an effective and aggressive defense against your charges.

Marijuana charges in Florida

Depending on how much marijuana you were possessing, the charges and penalties vary:

  • Possession of 20 grams or less is a first degree misdemeanor with possible prison time of one year and a fine of $1,000.
  • Possession of more than 20 grams or less than 25 plants is a felony with a possible prison time of five years and fine of $5,000.
  • Possession of 25 or more plants is a felony with possible prison time of 15 years and fine of $10,000.

A drug possession attorney at our firm can fight for you to get these charges reduced or eliminated.

Cocaine charges in Florida

In Florida, possessing any amount of cocaine is a third degree felony. If convicted, you could receive up to five years of probation, up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. Also, if you are convicted of cocaine possession, you will have your driver’s license revoked for one year. Our lawyers have extensive experience with Florida drug crimes cases. We know the defenses to employ to help you, including lack of knowledge of the drug, entrapment by the police, or unlawful search and seizure. If you have been arrested for cocaine possession, trust our criminal defense attorneys to advocate for you.

What is an analog controlled substance?

According to Florida law, an “analog controlled substance” is “a structural derivative of a parent compound that is a controlled substance.” In other words, it is a synthetic version of a commonly known drug.  Also called “designer drugs,” analogs are structurally or chemically substantially similar to a Schedule I or II substances. Schedule I substances include heroin, marijuana and ecstasy. Schedule II substances include cocaine, methadone and oxycodone. Any drug that is manufactured to have similar effects to these drugs is considered an analog controlled substance. Our attorneys understand how Florida laws handle these illegal drugs and we can explain your charges.

Contact our Jacksonville drug crime lawyers today

If you have been charged with marijuana or cocaine possession in Florida, contact Robert Shafer & Associates, P.A. We offer free initial consultations from our Jacksonville office. Call us at 904-450-5872 or contact us online. We represent clients throughout Northeast Florida.