Most drug offenses in the State of Florida are felonies. It is a misdemeanor to possess a small amount of marijuana. However, even possession of the smallest amount of cocaine is a felony crime. Penalties for drug offenses increase based on the activity involved and the quantity of drugs involved. In other words, it is more serious if you are charged with possessing a substantial amount of cocaine with the intent to sell it than if you are charged with possessing a small amount for personal use. In addition, as the amount of cocaine involved rises, the offense can automatically shift from a drug possession offense to a drug trafficking offense.
Drug trafficking is quite serious, even though the accused may not be high up in a drug trafficking ring. The activity of possessing large quantities of drugs for sale or distribution will subject even a minor player to the same penalties, including minimum mandatory fines and minimum mandatory prison sentences, as an individual who is directly connected to organized crime.
Drug possession, drug usage and drug trafficking are major societal problems in Florida and our nation, and the courts have little sympathy for individuals involved in drug usage and the drug trade. In addition to facing the criminal penalties of fines, prison sentences and probation, individuals involved in the drug trade may also be facing civil penalties that may result in the forfeiture of vehicles, money and property that the government believes is linked to the drug trade. Also, persons charged with drug trafficking often receive notification from the Department of Revenue that they owe back taxes on the value of the drugs and their property may be liened and possibly forfeited for failure to pay those taxes.
Drug usage is illegal. If you find yourself involved with drugs it is important to obtain competent medical attention to help you kick the habit. It is also just as important to obtain competent legal help to ensure that the rest of your life is not ruined by unfortunate decisions.