Jacksonville Attorneys Defending You Against Prescription Narcotics and Molly Possession Charges
Florida drug crimes lawyers who help when you are found with pills
A drug crime conviction comes with serious consequences. When you have been arrested for suspicion of drug possession, you need to hire an attorney with the knowledge, skill and tenacity to defend you. With more than 80 years of combined experience, the lawyers at Shafer Law, P.A. are dedicated to resolving your legal issues. We can help if you have been charged in Florida with illegal possession of pills, such as prescription narcotics or Molly.
Types of prescription narcotics
Prescription narcotics are separated into three classes:
- Opioids — used for pain; includes Vicodin, OxyContin, Demerol
- Central nervous system depressants —used for anxiety and sleep disorders; includes Nembutal, Valium, Xanax
- Stimulants —used for ADHD and narcolepsy; includes Dexedrine, Ritalin, Adderall
These drugs all have medical uses, but when taken without a prescription or in a different amount than prescribed, they can be dangerous and addictive. MDMA, better known in its pure form as Molly, is not a prescription drug and has no medical uses. Whether you have been charged with illegal possession of prescription narcotics or Molly, our drug crimes attorneys are ready to advocate for you.
Penalties for pill possession in Florida
If you don’t have a legitimate doctor’s prescription, you can be charged with illegal possession of prescription drugs. Your penalty will depend on the type of drug, but you could be charged with as much as a third-degree felony. This is a serious charge with a penalty of a maximum five years in prison and at least $5,000 fine.
If you are caught with Molly in Florida, you could be charged with “possession of an unlawful chemical.” This is considered a second degree felony and can result in a prison sentence of up to 15 years and a $10,000 fine.
Our lawyers have extensive knowledge of Florida drug possession laws and can fight against your charges.
Actual possession vs. constructive possession
Florida law does not take into account whether or not you actually own the drugs you are caught with. The two types of charges are “actual possession” and “constructive possession.” You will be charged with actual possession if the drugs are found on your person and no one else would have been able to access to them. You will be charged with constructive possession if the police have reason to believe that multiple people have access to the drugs. If the drugs are found in your car or you are at a friend’s house when drugs are found, you may be charged with constructive possession. However, for a constructive possession charge to lead to a conviction, it must be proven that you had knowledge of the drugs being present. Either charge can lead to a prison sentence and a fine. You need to be represented by an experienced criminal defense lawyer at our firm to avoid these consequences.
Schedule a free initial consultation in Jacksonville today
If you have been charged with a drug crime in Northeast Florida, get help from an experienced attorney at Shafer Law, P.A. today. Call us at 904-450-5872 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. From our Jacksonville office, we represent clients throughout Northeast Florida.