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Panama City Drug Possession Attorney

Representing You with Tenacity & Professionalism

Being convicted of drug possession can threaten your future and result in heavy fines, not to mention jail time. Although our nation's attitude toward non-violent drug offenders seems to be shifting rapidly, drug possession remains a very serious crime in Florida. If you are arrested for drug possession, you may also be facing much harsher penalties if the prosecution can prove that you had an intent to sell the drugs.

Florida courts can be aggressive in punishing those convicted of possessing illegal substances, which means you need a strong legal defense to protect you from the penalties. Contact a Panama City drug crimes attorney right away to begin work on your defense if you have been arrested for possession.

Controlled Substances in Panama City

The Office of Drug Control has listed illegal possession of controlled substances to be of special concern to law enforcement in the Panama City/Panama City Beach area. Methamphetamine and "molly" are widespread in the Panama City/Panama City Beach area. While cocaine has been named the number one drug threat statewide in the past, more attention is being shifted to the dangers of illegal opioids and legal opioids used illegally.

These opioids include:

  • Hydrocodone (Lortab)

  • Alazopram (Xanex)

  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)

  • Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, Roxicodone)

Despite many states legalizing recreational marijuana, Florida still prohibits any possession or cultivation for personal use, whether it is grown using indoor grow labs or outdoor rural areas.

What is at stake for a drug possession charge?

It's important to realize that a drug possession arrest is very serious, and carries some very serious consequences. A drug conviction will remain on your record, which can be made available to employers upon request. You need to do everything you can to fight a drug possession conviction by hiring a professional defense attorney from Shepard Law. Punishments for possession depend on what and how much you are accused of possessing.

As mentioned before, you may also get caught in the "intent to sell" trap. This commonly occurs when you have a larger amount of the drug in your possession, or were found to have things like scales, small plastic bags, or other items that indicate an intent to distribute the drug.

Consider the following examples of possession crimes and associated penalties:
  • Up to a year in jail with a $1,000 fine for 20 grams or less of marijuana
  • UP to 5 years in jail and a $5,000 fine for more than 20 grams of marijuana
  • Up to 5 years in jail and a $5,000 fine for possession of cocaine, heroin, meth, or ecstasy
  • More than 10 grams of Heroin carries up to 30 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia carries up to 1 year in jail

Mr. Shepard Works Hard to Bring You Results

Mr. Shepard can work to fight your drug possession charges and protect your freedom. He has worked on criminal justice cases for over a decade and he knows what strategies are successful. He may argue that the illegal substances were discovered by an unlawful search by police or that your rights were somehow violated in the arrest process. Any evidence discovered by means of an illegal search would be inadmissible in court and may result in your charges being thrown out.

In addition, some Florida counties have access to special drug courts. This is a much more preferable sentence and drug treatment, as it will let you maintain your freedom other than weekly testing. Mr. Shepard can fight for your best outcome possible no matter what the details of your case.

While you may have access to a public defender, it's important to remember that these individuals are often overworked, and are not free like many people think. Our founding attorney is a former prosecutor, giving us inside knowledge as to how the state will build their case against you. If you're facing charges, call our firm today for the dedicated defense you need.

Call Shepard Law right away to begin work fighting your drug possession charge.

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