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Panama City Drug Crime Attorney

Drug Charges in Florida

Drug trafficking in Panama City has historically been a prevalent issue, which has made state and federal law enforcement agencies active and overzealous throughout the region.

According to statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Federal Bureau of Investigations 2016 data, there were 114,550 total arrests for drug-related offenses in Florida. The Florida Office of Drug Control estimates at least $300 million are invested in drug control programs statewide each year.

If you have been charged with a drug crime, it is important to start building your defense immediately. Schedule a free consultation with Shepard Law today!

Types of Drug Offenses

Common drug offenses in the Panama City area include:

  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession with intent to distribute
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Obtaining a prescription by fraud

What are the Penalties for Drug Crimes?

Penalties for drug-related offense depend greatly upon the type of drug, the quantity and whether it is being sold or distributed. Florida classifies drugs according to different "Schedules", a system which groups drugs according to their potential for abuse and accepted medical use. Schedule I drugs generally carry a tougher penalty than those in Schedule II or III.

Another factor that influences the potential sentence is the quantity (weight) of drugs involved:

  • Possession of fewer than 20 Grams of Marijuana is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and $1,000 in fines
  • More than 20 Grams is a felony punishable by five years in prison and a $5,000 fine
  • Possession of a controlled substance can elevate to trafficking in cases where the weight of the drugs is over a statutorily prescribed amount
  • In many cases, there are minimum mandatory prison sentences when trafficking is charged.

It should be noted that a conviction of any controlled substance charge, even misdemeanor marijuana possession can lead to a driver's license suspension. This is even true if you hold an out-of-state license as many states grant reciprocity to Florida's driver's license suspension.

Defending You on Drug Crime Charges in Panama City

An arrest for a drug crime can have a devastating effect on your future, with potential consequences including imprisonment, steep fines, and probation, suspension of your driver's license, as well as a criminal record that could have a negative effect on employment and future career opportunities.

Fortunately, there are ways to fight drug charges, such as by demonstrating that your Constitutional Rights were violated by a warrantless search, an illegal stop, or by raising questions about whether you knew that the drugs were present. Even if it is not possible to beat the charges, it may be possible to negotiate a favorable plea bargain or negotiate a referral to a diversion program (such as Pre-Trial Intervention, "PTI") that could ultimately lead to the charge being dismissed.

Attorney Shepard can work with you to achieve a favorable outcome and defend your future. Schedule a free case review and build your defense now!

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