Possession of an illegal drug is a serious crime, one that can land you behind bars and cost you thousands of dollars in fines. Drug possession cases (both felony and misdemeanor) can be resolved without jail time and sometimes without a conviction appearing on your record. However, it is necessary to hire a Florida criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the different ways to handle a drug possession case. The drug attorneys at Galanter Law have the knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to obtain the best results for you.
Possession means to have ownership or control over an illegal drug or controlled substance. Possession may be actual, constructive, or joint. Actual possession is having the illegal drug or controlled substance on your person, such as in your hand, in your pocket or in a container or bag that is in your hand or on you elsewhere. Constructive possession means the illegal drug or controlled substance is in a place in which you have control or that you have concealed. Joint possession means that two or more people possess that same illegal drug or controlled substance.
Both federal and state law prohibits the possession of illegal drugs, including: marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, GHB, ecstasy and more. Legally prescribed drugs may be illegally possessed as well, such as hydrocodone and methadone. Possession of a large amount of drugs or possession of drugs packaged in a particular manner may lead to charges of possession with intent to deliver or sell or trafficking. The sale or purchase of drugs with the intent to sell is a felony in Florida. In these types of cases, the prosecution must only prove that the accused intended to sell the drugs—with or without an actual sale taking place. Intent to sell can be proved by any of the following evidence: scales, baggies and packing supplies, large amounts of cash, conversations with police informants or undercover agents, address books or a similar type of client list, wiretapped conversations, and laboratory equipment for mixing chemicals. Prosecutors and law enforcement officials will not hesitate to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.
Without a well-practiced Florida drug possession defense attorney defending you in court, you will face great difficulties fighting your charges and avoiding criminal conviction. Drug offenses are widely prosecuted in Florida, and an experienced criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between incarceration and freedom. Galanter Law handles many types of misdemeanor and felony drug cases, including: drug possession, sale of narcotics or other illegal drugs, drug distribution, marijuana cultivation, drug trafficking of cocaine, crack, heroin or other illegal drugs, driving under the influence of drugs, illegal prescription drugs, and all other drug offenses.
While the sale or distribution of an illegal drug is always a felony, the penalties for a conviction depend on the type of drugs involved and the quantity of drugs. In addition, certain factors can also lead to enhanced penalties, such as selling or distributing to a minor; selling or distributing drugs near a school or on a school campus; or involving non-violent individuals with drug abuse problems.
Some defendants in drug possession cases may be able to avoid jail entirely and complete a drug diversion course or drug rehabilitation program. In many instances, drug treatment is considered more appropriate than jail time, especially for non-violent individuals with drug abuse problems.
The attorneys of Galanter Law can and will negotiate with prosecutors to reduce or even dismiss the charges against you. While the ultimate outcome of your case depends on the circumstances involved, the criminal defense lawyers at Galanter Law will fight for the protection of your legal rights. If you have been charged with a drug possession crime in the South Florida area, contact Galanter Law today for an immediate case evaluation.