In the 1980’s, Florida’s coastal location helped the illegal trafficking of cocaine and other illicit drugs spread across the United States. This summer, 75 pounds of floating cocaine was discovered off of the coast of Florida, reminding law enforcement officials that trafficking the drug is still prevalent today.
Trafficking charges in Florida are so firm that an individual only needs to carry over 28 grams of cocaine to be issued a trafficking charge and a first-degree felony. Read on to learn more about possible penalties for cocaine possession in Florida.
Possession of any amount less than 28 grams of cocaine is a third-degree felony in Florida and can result in the following penalties:
- Up to five years in prison
- Up to five years of probation
- Driver’s license suspension for up to one year
- Fines of up to $5,000
Possession of more than 28 grams of cocaine is a first-degree felony in Florida and can result in the following penalties for the corresponding amounts:
- 28-200 grams — defendants may face a fine up to $50,000 and 3 years jailtime
- 200-400 grams — defendants may face a fine up to $100,000 and 7 years jailtime
- 400 grams-150 kilograms — defendants may face a fine up to $250,000 and 15 years jailtime
- Over 150 kilograms — defendants may potentially face life imprisonment
If you are facing any type of drug possession charge, contact a criminal defense lawyer to help you develop a defense strategy for your case. First-time cocaine offenders with small amounts of the substance may be eligible for diversion programs. An attorney can help you determine the best way to proceed with your case given your unique circumstance.