In Florida, you can be charged with two types of drug crimes: possession and trafficking. Possession is the less serious of the two offenses, you can be charged with this type if you have a controlled substance in your possession illegally.

Drug trafficking charges occur when you’re being caught selling, manufacturing, transporting, or importing drugs. The penalties for your drug crime charges will depend on how much you have, the Schedule of drug you have, and your history of similar crimes, so they can be either a misdemeanor or a felony charge. 

If you’ve been arrested for a drug crime in Tampa, Florida, it’s important to contact an experienced attorney. They can analyse the situation in which you were arrested and dissect the legality of the law officers arresting procedures and their grounds for stopping and searching your vehicle, person, or premises. Drug charges include:

  • Illegally possessing or transporting controlled substance
  • Illegally growing marijuana 
  • Unlawfully manufacturing drugs
  • Conspiring to commit drug crimes
  • Driving while under the influence of controlled substances
  • Importing drugs
  • Illegally possessing drugs with the intention of selling or distributing
  • Illegally possessing equipment for using drugs
  • Prescription drug fraud

What are the penalties for drug crimes?

What type of drug you have contributes to the penalties you’ll receive if you’re charged with a drug crime. Drugs are organized into “schedules” depending on their medicinal use, safety, and their addictive nature. The Controlled Substance Act was the law that created drug schedules

Schedule I

These drugs do not serve any medical use and have a high potential for drug abuse. Examples would be heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. 

Schedule II

These drugs can be used medicinally, but under strict doctor’s supervision. The general public does not have access to them, and they have a high potential for drug abuse. Examples would be cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, oxycodone, and PCP.

Schedule III

These drugs have a moderate potential of leading to drug abuse. Examples would be anabolic steroids, testosterone, vicodin, tylenol, ketamine, and codeine.

Schedule IV

These drugs are commonly given out by doctors to treat sleep disorders, anxiety, and depression. They have a low to moderate chance of abuse. Examples would be Xanax, valium, ambien, ativan, and soma.

Schedule V

These drugs are over the counter, but they normally contain some type of narcotic.They have a low chance of addition, and are generally used to treat colds, aches, pain, and coughs. Examples would be Robitussin, Lyrica, and Parepectolin. 

Jail Time for Drug Crimes

Depending on whether you’re charged with possession or trafficking can determine if you’re facing a misdemeanor or felony charges, However, the quantity of the drug and its schedule ( as well as your criminal past) are the contributing factors in what your penalties will be. The following are common drug types and amounts with their average jail time sentences.

10 Years in Jail

Heroin: 1 kilogram 

Cocaine: 5 kilograms 

Marijuana: 1000 kilograms or more

Cocaine mixtures: 280 grams or more

PCP: 100 grams or more

PCP Mixtures: 1 kilogram or more

LSD Mixtures: 10 grams or more

Mixtures with Fentanyl: 400 grams or more

Meth and meth-related drugs: 50 grams or more

Meth Mixtures: 500 grams or more 

5 to 40 Years in Jail

Heroin: 100 grams 

Cocaine: 500 grams 

Cocaine Mixtures: 28 grams or more 

PCP: 10 grams or more 

PCP Mixtures: 100 grams or more 

LSD: 1 gram or more

Marijuana: 100 kilograms 

Meth and Meth-related substances: 5 grams or more 

Fentanyl mixtures: 40 grams or more 

Drug Crime Attorneys in Tampa Florida

By working with the experienced attorneys at Smith & Eulo, you can rest assured that they’ll craft the strongest defense possible in the face of your drug charges. Contact us today for a free consultation.