The State of Florida has some of the strictest Laws on drug crime in the U.S. If you are charged with possession with intent to sell, manufacture, produce with intent to sell, or drug trafficking, then you could face some of the harshest punishments that the law has to offer. Depending on the controlled substance, you could face charges ranging from fines to serving years in prison.
If you are facing a charge for the production of a controlled substance, then you will need a legal representative that is there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our attorneys are highly trained, and with over seventy-five years of combined experience, there isn’t a case we cannot work for you.
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In This Article
- The Florida Statutes
- Cultivation and Manufacture of Drugs in Florida
- Types of Controlled Substances
- Illegal Drug Manufacture Felonies and Misdemeanors
- Confidential Informants
- Defenses Against Drug Manufacture Charges
- How Can The Law Place Help?
- Call Us Today for a Free Consultation
The Florida Statutes
Under Florida Statute 893.13, it is unlawful to sell, manufacture, deliver or possess with the intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver a controlled substance.
Cultivation and Manufacture of Drugs in Florida
Different types of manufacturing drug crimes include the cultivation/farming of marijuana, the production of cocaine and other chemical substances, and the attempt to process a controlled/illegal drug. You can find this information laid out in the Florida Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act.
You can also be charged if found in possession of equipment that may be used to either cultivate or produce a controlled substance if it is used for packing, unpacking, relabelling, or assisting with the production or manufacture of illegal drugs.
The charges that you could face if you are arrested for drug manufacture or drug cultivation in the State of Florida will be extreme if you do not have the correct legal representative defending your case.
Types of Controlled Substances
In Florida, there are a range of illegal drugs that can be manufactured with the intent to sell, even if the drug is usually for pharmaceutical use.
In Florida, the various types of controlled substances are categorized into different ‘schedules.’ These schedules consist of categories from I-V. ‘Schedule One’ contains what is considered to be the more harmful and addictive substances according to the state, and ‘Schedule Five’ contains the least addictive and dangerous drugs.
Some examples of Florida’s illegal substances are listed below.
- Cannabis (marijuana).
- MDMA (ecstasy).
- LSD (acid).
- Crack cocaine.
- Xanax, as well as a range of sleeping pills that are usually prescribed by doctors.
A charge for drug trafficking, manufacture, or drug possession with intent to sell for any of the controlled substances listed above or any others, is considered to be a serious drug crime, which could result in harsh consequences without strong legal defense. Don’t hesitate to call us for a free consultation today. Our attorneys are experienced in criminal defense cases and are ready to listen to you at any hour of the day.
Illegal Drug Manufacture Felonies and Misdemeanors
If you have been arrested for manufacturing a controlled substance, trafficking a controlled substance, producing with intent to sell, or have been caught helping somebody committing illegal drug crimes, then you could face anything from a first-degree to a third-degree felony.
The manufacturing of, trafficking of, or possession with intent to sell a controlled substance is classed as a major drug crime and is taken very seriously by the law. The schedule of the controlled substance involved will determine the outcome of the charge you may be facing.
If you have been caught or arrested for growing marijuana, you could be charged with a third-degree felony. This could result in you facing fines of up to $5,000 or even receiving a jail sentence of 5 years. You can also be charged with a third-degree felony if you are found to have been found accused of renting/building a room purely for drug cultivation purposes
If you have been arrested for the production or manufacture of an illegal drug, then you might be charged with a second-degree felony. The consequences of this could result in you paying fines up to $10,000 and even serving up to 15 years in prison.
You can be convicted of a first-degree misdemeanor if you have been found in possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana, or the penalties for this charge could be added onto another offense. The consequences of committing a first-degree misdemeanor could result in you having to pay fines of up to $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to one year.
A confidential informant is somebody who is employed by a federal agent or a police officer to go undercover and criminally investigate any potential drug manufacturers or traffickers.
An example of a technique that a confidential informant might use is going undercover and attempting to purchase illegal drugs from a potential manufacturer. The informant may also attempt to gain access to the potential manufacturing site and might use cameras or voice recorders to gather evidence against the defendant
Confidential informants are considered to be extremely useful for lowering drug crime, as video or voice recordings can sometimes be used as good evidence against the person convicted.
However, it is possible to argue the evidence that a confidential informant has gained. Call us now for more information.
Defenses Against Drug Manufacture Charges
If facing a first-degree to a third-degree felony, you will need to build up a strong defense to use for your case in a court of law. Some points that you may use in court to defend yourself against a charge for the manufacture of a controlled substance are:
- There was no warrant out for the defendant’s arrest.
- The illegal drugs seized at the time of the manufacturing charge were incorrectly weighed, and therefore, are invalid evidence.
- An eyewitness or law enforcer has wrongly identified the defendant.
- The police have used entrapment and have acted in an unlawful way.
We will look through your case and find any details that could potentially lighten the outcome of your charge.
How Can The Law Place Help?
Facing charges for different drug crimes can be scary, and we understand the level of unrest that you are likely feeling at this time. We know how unsure you may be about which of the many law firms out there you should choose, and picking the correct attorney can be even harder.
With over seventy-five years of experience, our attorneys are more than capable of taking on any case, no matter how big or small. All of our lawyers are easy to talk to, and at our law firm, we take pride in having attorney-client relationships built on trust.
With an experienced defense attorney at your side, you can lessen the charges you could potentially face. Please do not hesitate to look through our client reviews and our attorney records on past cases, and take your time choosing which lawyer you think is most suitable for you. If you decide to let us at The Law Place represent you in court, then you can be confident that your case is in safe hands.
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