In recent years, some states have relaxed their drug laws — especially those involving recreational marijuana. Unfortunately, Florida is not one of these states. Lawmakers here continue to adopt a harsh stance against all drug activities.
While cannabis charges can be serious, other substances can cause worse legal problems. Never assume that a substance or drug-related activity is lawful. Here is some information about felony drug offenses in Florida.
Substances that can result in felony charges
As you might expect, possessing a substantial amount of controlled substances like cocaine, LSD or heroin may result in felony charges. Possessing up to 28 grams of cocaine is typically a third-degree felony. However, those caught with more than that could face trafficking charges.
Unfortunately, the list of controlled substances is long and contains chemical names instead of the street names that most people know them by.
Activities charged as felonies
The charges you face depend on more than the substance or the amount in your possession. For example, possessing or selling any amount of marijuana in a school zone during operational hours will likely lead to felony charges. The more dangerous the substance is, the worse off you will be.
Drug activities are also unlawful near:
- Municipal parks
- Child care centers
- Community centers
- Publicly owned recreational facilities
Perhaps the nation is about to undergo a drug revolution and reform that will decriminalize some substances. But in the meantime, you remain at risk of arrest and conviction if you are caught using or selling unlawful substances. A sound criminal defense can help prevent you from facing the harshest penalties.