It’s no secret that being caught by law enforcement officers when you have drugs in your possession is a serious crime and can land you in a lot of trouble. Drug possession laws have been put in place to control Schedule 1 drugs such as meth, ecstasy, heroin, and LSD, as well as prescription drugs such as fentanyl. Marijuana is also still considered a Schedule 1 drug in Florida and anyone who wants access to it needs to apply for a medical marijuana card or have a prescription.
If you are caught with drugs, your punishment will be as severe as the crime. So if you had a very large sum of a very dangerous drug, and you were further selling the drug or using the drug around minors, then your legal penalty will be a lot more then if you were caught with a minimal amount that you were just using yourself.
Who can be charged with drug possession in Orlando, Florida?
You can be penalized with drug possession even if you were just holding on to it for a friend and that is why you should get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as you can after you are caught.
If a drug is found on your person, in your home, or in your vehicle you can be charged with drug possession, whether you put it there yourself or whether it was put there by someone else. If you are arrested for drug possession near a sensitive area such as a day-care, you will have to face mandatory time in prison alongside more serious consequences.
You can even be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor for possessing drug paraphernalia, which includes any items used for the sale, use, or production of drugs.
The penalties can be very severe so you should take every necessary precaution to ascertain that your rights are being defended and you are not getting charged for more than what is required by the law. The good news is that your charges might be lifted if the prosecutor is unable to prove that you were aware of the drugs being in your possession or that you were unaware that the drug in question was illegal.
If you are caught for possessing a drug, all hope is not lost. You still may have a chance of not getting a criminal record, or you may have a chance of at least having your penalties reduced. Get in touch with a criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Donald A. Lykkebak today to explore your legal options after you are caught for drug possession.
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