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Clearwater, Florida

Drug Charges Lawyers

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Drug laws in Florida are among the strictest in the country, which is why it is difficult to face these types of charges on your own – particularly when you consider the ramifications of a conviction.

Thankfully, if you have an effective defense in place, you may not have to face the heavy hand of the justice system. A qualified Clearwater defense attorney on your side will find for your rights and may even be able to meet with a prosecutor about transferring certain drug charges, including felonies, to drug court, which is intended to help people rehabilitate rather than punish them.

At Fletcher & Fletcher, we are dedicated to each and every one of our clients, and we’re ready to go to bat for you and your case.

“Rick Fletcher worked very hard and got my case dismissed! I would recommend him to everyone!”

~ Kurt D.

Drug Charges in Clearwater, Florida

Various factors determine the severity of a drug charge, including the schedule of the drug found and whether the charge is a misdemeanor or felony.

A controlled substance in Florida is classified into categories called “schedules.” Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous and addictive drugs without any medical use, while Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential for abuse and dependency.

  • Schedule I: Heroin, cannabis, cocaine, LSD
  • Schedule II: Codeine, morphine, opium
  • Schedule III: Testosterone, anabolic steroids
  • Schedule IV: Diazepam or tramadol
  • Schedule V: Cough suppressants

Considering that Florida classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, a simple marijuana possession charge can result in serious penalties.

The more you know about your drug charge and the Constitutional rights that apply, the more secure you can feel about your defense. Fletcher & Fletcher represents clients throughout Florida who have been arrested for drug charges, including:

  • Drug Possession
  • Drug Distribution
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Possession
  • Drug Distribution
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Cultivation/Creation
  • Prescription fraud

Penalties for Drug Charges in Florida

Drug crime convictions in Florida are subject to harsh penalties under both state and federal laws.

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Florida drug possession penalties include:

  • First-Degree Misdemeanors (possession of under 20 grams of cannabis): Up to a year in county jail and a maximum $1,000 fine.
  • Third-Degree Felonies (possession of small amounts of commonly found drugs): Up to five years in prison and a maximum $5,000 fine.
  • Second-Degree Felonies (possession with intent to sell or create drugs such as ecstasy or methamphetamine): Up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
  • First-Degree Felonies (possession of more than ten grams of certain Schedule I and II drugs or sale of certain drugs within 1000 feet of a protected area): Up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 maximum fine.

Even a first offense can result in longer prison terms and higher fines for drug distribution, trafficking, and cultivation.

How Fletcher & Fletcher Can Help With Your Drug Charges Case

At Fletcher & Fletcher, we know that matters are often more complicated than they seem. It’s our job to listen to your story and defend your rights and your freedom.

We will be with you every step of the way throughout your case – investigating what happened, negotiating with the prosecution, and fighting for you in the courtroom.

It’s also crucial to find a St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyer who can protect your 4th amendment rights from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement. If you believe law enforcement violated your privacy rights, we can discuss this during your free consultation.

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Our attorneys have dedicated their careers to defending those accused of crimes in Clearwater and throughout Florida. We have successfully defended and tried cases of all kinds, including drug-related cases. Contact our firm today to get started working with us on your case.

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