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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!


Our Victories

  • Not Guilty, Acquitted at Trial Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

    Outcome: Client was alleged to have used his vehicle to strike victim, and there was video of the incident which could have been interpreted to actually show the crime. The state was offering significant prison time before trial. By meticulous planning and strategic cross-examination to expose the motives and fabrications by the alleged victim, and an eyewitness in support of the alleged victim, Rudenberg & Glasser convinced a jury to acquit the client and avoid a mandatory long prison sentence.

  • Domestic Violence
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser went to trial and were able to show during cross-examination that the alleged victim was the aggressor and that the client acted in self-defense. The jury returned a not guilty verdict almost immediately following trial.
  • Domestic Violence With 911 Call and Pictures
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser took the case to trial after fleshing out inconsistencies in the alleged victim's account. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty and the client's unblemished record was preserved.
  • False Arrest

    Outcome: Attorney Glasser was able to show with video footage that his client did not commit the alleged offense and furthermore, the police officer who ordered his arrest was negligent in his investigation and improperly supervised.

    Read more about this story on the Sun Sentinel.

  • Probation Only Federal Conspiracy to Commit Mail & Wire Fraud

    Outcome: Through compelling sentencing memorandum and passionate oral argument, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to convince the federal court judge to sentence their client to treatment for substance abuse, and no incarceration, even though the client had a lengthy criminal history and the Government was seeking prison time.

  • Felony DUI: Client was in an Accident and Left the Scene
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser filed a compelling motion to suppress evidence based on law enforcement's actions during the investigation. Rudenberg & Glasser were able to persuade the prosecutor prior to the motion to suppress hearing that the charge should be broken down from a felony to a misdemeanor and the client was offered probation instead of the previously sought prison sentence.
  • Final Injunction Hearing
    Outcome: Client desperately needed to avoid a final injunction on his record. Rudenberg & Glasser defended him at the hearing and proved that the Petitioner was not in fear for her safety. The judge dismissed the injunction.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: Resisting Police Officer Without Violence
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg presented evidence that the police officer’s version of events was not credible, and that accusations were made to justify excessive use of force by police officer. Jury returned a verdict of not guilty in less than five minutes.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanors: DUI & Possession of Cannabis
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg won a motion arguing the DUI checkpoint was conducted in violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the Judge entered an order suppressing all evidence. Case was dropped by the State, and client avoided a mandatory conviction for DUI, as well as mandatory fines and license suspensions.
  • $250,000 Pre-Trial Personal Injury

    Outcome: Client was injured by a malfunctioning door, requiring stitches and leaving a scar on client's knee. There were limited medical bills and no surgeries, but through extremely challenging and successful negotiations, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to secure a settlement of $250,000.

What Our Clients Are Saying

We go above and beyond to be there for clients to provide them with the best outcome possible.
  • “Proved to be the best legal team there is! They not only helped me avoid jail time, but got my probation terminated the same day!”

    Dallas B.

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  • “Here to help you at all costs!”


  • “They will give you honest, truthful, realistic counsel and they will fight hard for you; as they did for me.”


  • “Michael jumped through hoops to give me the defense I deserved and I will always be grateful. Michael and Eric are not just Lawyers, they are friends and will look out for your best interest!”


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  • “The amount of respect and empathy Attorney Rudenberg has for his clients can not be described in words.”

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  • “I Was Able to Have My Name Cleared”

    Domestic Violence Client

  • “If you live a lifetime, you will never meet a more sincere, heartfelt, loving, caring person than Mike Glasser.”


  • “If anyone, family or friends, should get into trouble we know who to call!”

    Parent of Charles C.

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  • “There are no words for the love and respect I have for Mike and I wouldn't even think of using anyone else as my attorney.”