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Drug Crimes Lawyer in Orange Park

Offering Powerful Representation for the Accused

Being charged with a drug crime in Florida is incredibly serious, as even minor or first-time charges can result in steep penalties. At Owenby Law, P.A., our Orange Park drug crimes attorneys can offer the skilled legal representation that you deserve when you’re facing a drug charge. With over 20 years taking on a wide range of drug crimes cases in Florida, we have the experience and the knowledge to advocate for your rights.

Safeguard your future after a drug charge. Call (904) 770-3141 to get started with a free initial consultation!

Understanding Florida Drug Classifications

There are both state and federal laws that regulate the sale, possession, and distribution of controlled substances, from more conventional “street drugs” like heroin and cocaine to branded prescription drugs like OxyContin and Adderall. These substances are categorized into different “schedules” under the federal Controlled Substances Act, with Schedule I drugs carrying the most severe penalties and Schedule V carrying the least. Here in Florida, state drug laws closely mirror the federal drug schedules.

Here’s a brief overview of the Florida schedule classifications for drugs:

  • Schedule I: Considered to have no medical use and a high potential for abuse and dependency. Includes heroin, ecstasy (MDMA), peyote, marijuana, and LSD.
  • Schedule II: Considered to have some medical use but a high potential for abuse and dependency. Includes opioids like oxycodone and fentanyl, as well as methadone, cocaine, and methamphetamines.
  • Schedule III: Considered to have some medical use and moderate potential for abuse and dependency. Includes testosterone, anabolic steroids, and phenobarbital.
  • Schedule IV: Considered to have more medical uses and low potential for abuse. Includes prescription drugs like Ativan, Valium, and Xanax.
  • Schedule V: Considered to have the most medical applications and the lowest potential for abuse. Includes Tylenol with Codeine, Robitussin, Lomotil, and Lyrica.

Cases We Can Handle

At Owenby Law, P.A., we can help defend you against drug charges involving any of the scheduled drugs under state or federal laws. Prosecutors are often keen to “make an example” of those charged with drug crimes, especially when the substances are higher up in the scheduling system. Whether you’ve been accused of possessing a small amount of recreational marijuana or distributing oxycodone on a larger scale, however, you are still entitled to a fair and thorough defense.

Here are some of the criminal cases we can take on in Orange Park:

  • Cultivation
  • Distribution
  • Possession
  • Possession with intent
  • Driving under the influence
  • Trafficking

Is Drug Possession a Felony?

Yes, possession of any controlled substance can be charged as a third-degree felony. In some cases, possession will only be charged as a first-degree misdemeanor – but it will depend on how much of the controlled substance has been found on your person or in your home. In Florida, drug possession can also come with mandatory minimum sentences.

How Long Does a Drug Charge Stay on Your Record?

Once you’ve been convicted by a jury, an adult criminal drug charge will stay on your record permanently, or until you are eligible for expungement or a diversion program. This is why it’s critical to hire an attorney as soon as you are charged so that you can protect your future.

Is Marijuana Legal in Florida?

Medical marijuana has been legal in Florida since 2016, and there are approximately 300,000 users of medical marijuana today. However, it is still illegal to possess marijuana above the doses prescribed by a physician, and you can only legally obtain it from a medical marijuana treatment center. Because the laws on marijuana are constantly changing, it’s especially important to speak with a criminal defense attorney if you are a medical marijuana user accused of a drug crime.

Need to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney in Orange Park? Contact us anytime 24/7 to get started.

The Benefits of Hiring Owenby Law, P.A.

  • Free Initial Consultations
  • Successfully Handled Thousands of Cases
  • Backed by Over 20 Years of Experience
  • Personalized, Results-Oriented Representation
  • A Team of Compassionate Advocates On Your Side
  • Flexible Payment Plans Available