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When Does Drug Possession Turn Into a Felony?

When Does Drug Possession Turn Into a Felony?

Drug possession is an offense committed by someone who has drugs for personal use. There are serious consequences for people who possess drugs of any kind, excluding medical marijuana. Florida legislators recently added bath salts to the list of banned substances. If you have been charged with the possession of drugs, your future and freedom are at risk. Protect your rights with the help of an experienced attorney. The experienced Fort Lauderdale drug crime lawyers at Rudenberg & Glasser can fight for your rights to reduce or even dismiss your charges. Our legal team has defended thousands of clients from serious charges, many of which were possession charges.

Penalties for Drug Possession

A person found to be in possession of a controlled substance may be subject to thousands of dollars in fines and years in prison if the drug was unlawfully obtained. People in Florida may face drug possession charges for many different types of illegal drugs, narcotics, and controlled substances.

First-Degree Misdemeanor Possession: penalties include up to 1 year in jail, plus fines.

You may be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor if you possess the following:

  • Up to 20 grams of marijuana (except for legally possessed medical marijuana)
  • Misdemeanor offered with at least 4 priors is subject to increase penalties

Third Degree Felony Possession: penalties include up to 5 years in prison.

You may be charged with a third-degree felony if you possess the following:

  • More than 20 grams of marijuana;
  • Up to 28 grams of cocaine;
  • Up to 10 grams of MDMA/ecstasy;
  • Up to 1 gram of LSD; and
  • Up to 4 grams of heroin/opiate

First Degree Felony Possession: penalties include up to 30 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

You may be charged with a first-degree felony if you possess the following:

  • More than 25 lbs. of marijuana;
  • More than 28 grams of cocaine;
  • More than 10 grams of MDMA/ecstasy;
  • More than 1 gram of LASD’ and
  • More than 4 grams of heroin/opiate

Fight for Your Rights with the Help of Our Fort Lauderdale Drug Crime Lawyers

If you have been charged with drug possession, it is vital to contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale lawyer as soon as possible. The attorneys at Rudenberg & Glasser has extensive experience handling a variety of cases, which equips us to defend your rights aggressively. Our criminal defense attorneys resolve cases to get our clients the best possible result, and we are committed to providing each individual with detailed, one-on-one counsel. We have helped thousands of individuals face drug charges; we can also help you obtain the best possible results for your case!

Contact our Fort Lauderdale drug crime attorneys today for a case evaluation at (954) 543-1788. We are available 24/7!

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