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In 1970, Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act as a means of discouraging crimes involving dangerous and illegal drugs. This act lists the majority of illegal substances under five different Schedules according to their level of danger and potential for abuse, with Schedule I being the worst.

Since this act was passed, state legislatures have modeled it and provide lists of illegal substances, as well as related crimes and their penalties. The state of Florida has listed these substances in § 893.13, Fla. Stat. (2012), and the penalties can be found in § 775.082 and § 775.083.

Drug Offenses & Penalties in Florida

There are numerous kinds of drug crimes that can be committed which are punishable under the Florida Statutes. Ones that suggest a contribution to the nation’s drug problem are treated especially harsh.

  • Below is a basic list of the most common offenses:
  • Possession
  • Sale
  • Trafficking
  • Distribution
  • Manufacture

The penalties for such offenses vary depending on the controlled substance and the amount in question. For substances including heroin, methamphetamine and codeine, it is a second degree felony punishable by a prison sentence of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

For substances including marijuana, amphetamine and steroids, it is a third degree felony punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000. Lesser offenses are first degree misdemeanors punishable by imprisonment for up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000. These offenses can also be aggravated if committed near a school, place of religious worship, and other specified facilities.

Contact a Punta Gorda Drug Defense Attorney

A drug crime conviction can turn your life upside down, as well as the lives of your loved ones. Our legal team has more than 35 years of drug charge defense experience and could fight aggressively to prevent you from facing high fines and time in prison.

Contact a Punta Gorda drug crime attorney today for a free case evaluation.