In the state of Florida, possession of any amount of cocaine is considered a third degree felony offense, even if the amount is as small as a bag that contains cocaine residue.

Being charged with the possession of cocaine is a serious offense, and as such, the consequences are severe. In the event that you are charged with cocaine possession, the legal counsel of a Broward criminal lawyer is in your best interest.

Consequences for the Possession of Cocaine

In the state of Florida, the possession of cocaine is classified as a third degree felony and is assigned a level 3 offense under Florida’s criminal punishment code, making it a very severe offense.

Being that it is such a severe offense, the penalties for possession of cocaine can result in any one of or a combination of the following:

  • A jail term of up to 5 years
  • As much as 5 years of probation
  • Up to $5,000 in fines

In addition to any one or a combination of these penalties, a person who is convicted with possessing cocaine will also have their driver’s license or driving privileges revoked for a period of one year by the state DHSMV.

How a Fort Lauderdale Criminal Lawyer can Help

If you have been charged with possession of cocaine, a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney will be able to provide you with the legal counsel that is needed. Your attorney will assess your case and will determine if any of the following possible defenses are applicable:

  • Constructive possession – The cocaine was found in a place where others, aside from you, had access to.
  • Illegal search and seizure – The location was illegally searched and seized
  • You were unaware that cocaine was on your person or within your property; it was placed there by someone else without your knowledge, for example.
  • Overdose defense – you were in the presence of someone who was overdosing on cocaine and removed it from that person’s body while medical attention was being administered
  • You were temporarily possessing the drug, which means that you were not in legal possession

If you have been charged with the possession of cocaine in Florida, contact a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you do, the better your chances of having a positive outcome will be. Call our office now to speak with a criminal defense attorney, (954) 256-1464.