Aggressive Jacksonville Defense Attorneys Fight Your Possession Charges
Assertive lawyers tackling tough drug crimes cases in Northeast Florida since 1979
The Jacksonville attorneys litigating drug crime cases at Robert Shafer & Associates, P.A. are skilled and experienced in developing effective criminal defenses. If you have been charged with drug possession or prescription fraud in Florida, we’re ready to mount an aggressive defense.
Understanding the laws governing possession in Florida
If you are charged with drug possession, you have allegedly violated state laws. To describe the drug laws in Florida as draconian would be doing a disservice to the word. Almost all of them are antiquated and unnecessarily severe, and the specific laws guiding drug possession are no different. Most of the laws are based upon the type and the quantity of the drug in possession. However, each drug — whether an illegal narcotic or a prescription medication — has its own “trafficking” label imposed upon it. The quantity of “Drug A” in your possession, for instance, may carry harsher penalties than the very same amount of “Drug B.”
Florida drug possession penalties
Florida has stringent drug possession penalties, which depend on the type of drug and the quantity seized. Alleged violations our attorneys regularly manage include:
- 893.13(6)(b) Possession of marijuana (20 grams or less) — First-degree misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and a $1000 fine
- 893.13(6)(a) Possession of marijuana (more than 20 grams) — Third-degree felony with a maximum penalty of 5 years in jail and a $5000 fine
- 893.13(6)(a) Possession of a controlled substance —Third-degree felony with a maximum penalty of 5 years in jail and a $5000 fine
- 893.13(6)(c) Possession of more than 10 grams of heroin — First-degree felony with a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and fines up to $10,000
- 893.149 Possession of an unlawful chemical — Second-degree felony with a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail and a $10,000 fine
- 893.147 Possession of drug paraphernalia — First-degree misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and a $1000 fine
- 893.13(6)(a) Possession of prescription drug without a valid prescription — Penalty depends on the exact substance you have, but could be charged as a third-degree felony
- 893.135 Trafficking – Penalty up to 30 years; minimum mandatory based on type of drug.
How our attorneys can help
Because the laws regarding drug possession are complex, a competent attorney is your best shot at reducing or eliminating the penalties. The drug possession defense attorneys of the Jacksonville firm Robert Shafer & Associates have more than 80 years of combined experience working with clients to protect their futures.
- We investigate the details surrounding your charge. We’ll work within the system to provide the best possible defense.
- We investigate whether your rights were violated.
- We file legal motions to suppress the evidence against you, when appropriate.
We have a solid record of success in drug crime cases ranging from cocaine and marijuana possession to prescription narcotics, and a variety of other controlled substances. When you retain our services, you can expect a vigorous defense focused on positive results.
Contact our firm for your free initial consultation on possession charges
If you have been charged with drug crime or prescription fraud in Northeast Florida, the criminal defense attorneys at Robert Shafer & Associates, P.A. will aggressively defend you. We will protect your legal rights and your future. Call us today at 904-450-5872 or contact us online. Our office is conveniently located on North Pearl Street, directly across the street from the Duval County Courthouse.