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Drug Charges Lawyers

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Florida has some of the strictest drug laws in the nation.

And facing drug charges on your own, whether a misdemeanor or felony charge, can be difficult – especially considering the ramifications a conviction can have on your life.

Prosecutors will try to penalize you according to the highest extent of the law. But with an effective defense in place, you may not have to experience the heavy hand of the justice system.

An experienced and knowledgeable defense attorney can meet with the prosecutor about transferring certain drug charges, including felonies, to drug court, which is in place to help rehabilitate and not punish.

At Fletcher & Fletcher, we are dedicated to fighting for our clients’ rights and providing them with a path toward hope.

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

~ Kurt D.

Drug Charges in St. Petersburg, Florida

Not all drug charges are the same.

The severity of the charge and the resulting penalty depends on numerous factors, including the schedule of the drug found and whether the charge is classified as a misdemeanor or a felony.

Florida law divides controlled substances into categories called “schedules.” Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous and addictive drugs with no medical use, while Schedule V 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

It’s important to note that Florida’s strict laws classify marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which means that a simple marijuana possession charge can lead to serious penalties in the Sunshine State.

The more you know about your drug charge and the Constitutional rights that apply, the more secure you can feel about your defense.

At Fletcher & Fletcher, we work with clients in St. Petersburg and throughout Florida who have been arrested for all types of drug charges.

This can include:

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

Penalties for Drug Charges in Florida

Both Florida state and federal laws enforce harsh penalties for drug crime convictions.

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Penalties for drug possession in Florida 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.

Penalties for drug distribution, trafficking, and cultivation are typically much harsher, with longer prison times and higher fines – even for a first offense.

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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We have dedicated our careers to defending those accused of crimes in St. Petersburg and throughout Florida. We’ve 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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