Cooking_CrackIt is generally illegal to possess drugs in Florida and, if you are caught, you could be subject to fines and penalties, including jail time. You have several options for resolving your charges in Florida thanks to the state legislature. Being arrested for drug possession does not necessarily mean that you will be labeled a criminal. Here is a brief explanation of drug possession charges in our state.

Controlled Substances

You are arrested for drug possession when the officer discovers that you are holding a controlled substance. You may have something in your pocket, in a bag or even in your car or home. Controlled substances in Florida include cocaine, heroin, GHB, hydrocodone, marijuana and MDMA. They also include methamphetamine, oxycodone, synthetic drugs and Xanax.

Different Options for Resolution

The ability you have to resolve your drug case has variables. Your needs, the specific laws and your guilt or innocence will have an effect on the outcome of your case. Florida law offers several sentencing alternatives that are available to the courts.

Pretrial Diversion

This is a program similar to probation. You report to a supervisor, undergo drug testing, refrain from criminal activity and perform community service. Once you have completed pretrial diversion, your charges are dropped.

Pretrial Intervention

This is similar to pretrial diversion. The difference is that you do not have to have a criminal-free past to be accepted into intervention. You have all of the same reporting duties as in diversion and the same compliance regulations. Unfortunately, many judges do not participate in this program. It is important that you speak with your attorney and find out if the judge assigned to your case offers this sentencing option.

Drug Court

This is a diversionary program for repeat offenders. Your case will be managed and you will participate in specific programs. If you maintain compliance and graduate from drug court, your charges will be dropped. This can be an effective program for those who are addicted to drugs.

If you have been arrested for a drug crime in Florida, you have options. Call our office today for a free case evaluation. We are here to help you receive the best sentencing option for your circumstances. Call now for assistance.