Drug Possession Charges in Saint Petersburg and Tampa
Drug possession is defined as a person being caught holding drugs on their body, in their home, or in their vehicle. You can be accused of drug possession in Tampa or the nearby area if you have any of the following illegal controlled substances:
Marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine are the three most common drugs confiscated by law enforcement agents in the St Petersburg-Tampa area.
The difference between possession and distribution of an illegal substance is determined by a number of factors, including the quantity and particularly the weight of the substance, as well as any materials or paraphernalia confiscated that may suggest intent to distribute. These include drug packages, plastic baggies, scales, or the amount of money on the person at the time of a person’s arrest. Any amount greater than a gram of cocaine or an ounce of marijuana may be enough substance to implicate a person for the intent to distribute in Florida.
A Tampa drug possession charge is a serious offense
Possession is a serious drug crime law, as it is elsewhere around the United States, and a person’s conviction may result in a number of severe penalties. Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, for instance, constitutes a misdemeanor that carries a $1,000 fine and up to 12 months in the county jail as well as suspension of one’s driver’s license for a period of two years.
Possession of harder drugs like cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine constitutes a more serious offense. Hard drug possession in Tampa or Saint Petersburg is considered a felony, and carries higher momentary fines and longer jail terms. There are also longer-lasting consequences that include seizure and forfeiture of properties, revocation of professional and state licenses, probation or parole, employer notification, and mandatory drug-screening and testing.
An experienced drug crimes lawyer may plead for and be successful in obtaining a lesser charge and reduced punishment for drug possession in St. Petersburg, especially if you are a first-time drug offender.
Contact us for skilled legal support when you face drug charges
To learn how our firm can obtain results for your specific case, please contact the office of Meros, Smith, Lazzara, Brennan & Brennan, P.A. by email or call our office at 727-822-4929.