How the State Defines Possession
The way in which the state defines possession could be different than how possession is determined generally.
Florida classifies possession into two different categories:
- Actual – Actual possession requires the paraphernalia to be on the person of the defendant. This means it could be in a container in their hand or within ready reach or under their control.
- Constructive—Constructive possession means the paraphernalia is not on the person but in a place where the defendant has control over.
Charges for paraphernalia are classified as a first-degree misdemeanor. The penalties for such charges include up to 1 year in jail and/or $1,000 fine and probation. If you are placed on probation, the judge may order that you are randomly drug tested at your probation officers discretion. The judge may also require you enroll in a drug prevention program.
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