Possession of even small amounts of a controlled substance can result in serious consequences, particularly if you have any prior convictions. The most common arrests for drug possession involve:
More severe charges typically result in harsher penalties if a firearm was used, or you were engaged in activity near a protected zone (such as a school or park), or minors are involved. The level of punishment for drug possession depends on details, such as:
- The classification of the drug; Schedule 1 through 5
- The quantity of the drug in question
- Why you possessed it — e.g., intent to sell or recreational
- Whether you were carrying paraphernalia
It is important that any drug possession charge doesn’t go as high as trafficking, as those offenses carry mandatory minimum sentencing that can result in several years of prison time and thousands of dollars in fines, if convicted.
As your criminal defense lawyer, I can determine if the arresting officer had probable cause to make this arrest, how much evidence there was to justify it and if any of your constitutional rights have been violated. Additionally, I will make every attempt to prevent the seizure of your property and the freezing of your bank accounts.
Many drug sentences may be reduced to rehabilitation to avoid incarceration. This involves attending treatment programs for up to 12 months, submitting to substance abuse testing and making additional court appearances. Complying with these terms may result in having the charges dropped at the end of the treatment and probationary period.
Contact Me, An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested on any drug charge — sale, possession or trafficking — contact my law firm — Frank P. Bianco, P.A. — in Pasco County, Florida, today to schedule a consultation with me to discuss your legal options.