Florida Drug Crimes FAQ
Drug laws are complicated. There are many nuances to what amounts to drug possession, trafficking and various other drug offenses.
If you have questions about Florida drug charges, you’re not alone. Our team at The Law Offices of Justin Rickman is committed to providing you with a powerful defense against any type of drug charge. Based in Clermont, we help people throughout the region stand up against the prosecution and fight for their freedoms.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions about drug crimes in Florida. Please reach out to us for more guidance on this complex area.
What kinds of penalties could I face for a drug conviction?
Florida takes a notoriously harsh stance on drug crimes. Depending on the nature of the offense, you could face a mandatory prison sentence for up to several decades for certain felonies. Even a misdemeanor-level possession offense could result in steep fines, jail time and suspension of your driver’s license – even if you weren’t driving at the time.
What is actual versus constructive possession?
To prove a drug possession charge against you, the prosecution doesn’t have to prove that you actually had the drug on your body – for example, in your pockets or backpack. Actual possession isn’t required. All they need to prove is “constructive possession” – that you had control over the drugs even if they weren’t on your person. For example, if the drugs were found in your car, that may amount to constructive possession.
What are the strongest defenses to a drug charge?
It depends on the situation. Some common angles for challenging the prosecution include:
- Violation of your search and seizure rights
- Insufficient evidence
- Lack of knowledge or intent (depending on the offense)
- Reasonable doubt as to the elements of the offense
- Other violations of your rights
Our lawyers know what to look for when we prepare a strong defense in drug cases. We will help you leverage the most effective grounds for fighting the charges.
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