If you are facing charges of possession of a controlled substance in Brevard County or anywhere throughout Florida, contact us right away for a free, confidential consultation. You could be facing harsh penalties, which may threaten your freedom and every aspect of your future.
Punishments for trafficking or possession can be severe which is why you shouldn’t delay getting an experienced drug possession defense attorney. Houston drug defense lawyer Daniel Martinez has helped many clients reduce their drug charges or even have their cases dismissed.
Drug laws are categorized by a wide range of narcotics and compounds that are used to create them. Any possession of unfinished drug mixtures qualifies as a controlled substance possession. Any kind of street drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and marijuana are not the only drug possession charge that can stick on your record. Any prescription medications such as Adderall and Xanax without written permission from a doctor can result in a criminal case and jail time.
Chapter 893 of the Florida Statutes—known as the Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act—lists hundreds of drugs that are considered “controlled substances.” The drugs are ordered into five “schedules” and regulated by the federal and state governments.
In Florida, possession of a controlled substance is a felony unless a doctor prescribed the medication to the person in possession. Many charges for possession of a controlled substance involve prescription medications that are commonly abused, such as Valium, Xanax, OxyContin, and Vicodin.
Even with a valid prescription, using a narcotic or regulated drug while driving under the influence of a controlled substance is illegal. Without a valid prescription, the mere possession of a controlled substance is illegal.
So-called “street” drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, and ecstasy are also controlled substances under § 893. Except for marijuana, possession of any amount of these prescription or street drugs is a felony. The exact charge and penalties depend on the type and amount of the controlled substance that is possessed.
A conviction for possession of a controlled substance can have adverse effects, including adjudication on your permanent record, preventing you from getting a job, or a suspension of your driver’s license. In addition, if you are not a United States citizen, a conviction for an offense related to a controlled substance violation will result in deportation from the U.S., unless certain exceptions apply.
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