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St. Augustine Drug Crimes Attorneys

Call Our Team at (904) 770-3141 for a Free Consultation

Drug crimes are among the most common charges brought by Florida prosecutors – and if you’re convicted of a drug charge, it can threaten your entire future. Because drug crimes are so serious, it’s important to discuss your case right away with a seasoned St. Augustine attorney. When you call Owenby Law, P.A., rest assured that we will do everything in our power to give you a thorough and fair defense. Bringing more than 125 years of combined experience to the table, our fearless criminal defense team will fight on your behalf and safeguard your rights.

Understanding Common Drug Crime Charges

Drug crime charges range in severity depending on two main factors: The type of controlled substance and the amount found. Florida’s laws on controlled substances mirror those at the federal level, which categorize different substances into “schedules” with varying levels of penalties.

Because Florida is considered to be a prime location for international drug trafficking and distribution, however, the penalties for drug crimes tend to be harsher here than in other states. As a result, even a first-time drug possession will likely be charged as a third-degree felony, which can carry penalties of up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 in fines. Any drug conviction can have a devastating impact on your future and make it more difficult to keep a job or continue to attend school.

At Owenby Law, P.A., we can take on the following drug crimes cases in St. Augustine:

  • Illegal possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell
  • Drug cultivation
  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug distribution
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Federal drug crimes

We’re available 24/7! Contact us to get started with a free initial consultation.

What Drugs Are Considered Illegal in Florida?

Street drugs are not the only substances for which you can face charges in Florida. Florida’s drug laws parallel those at the federal level, which means that regardless of whether you’re facing a state or a federal charge, you can face severe consequences for possessing illegally-obtained prescription drugs like Ativan, OxyContin, and Valium. Of course, the laws governing these prescription drugs are incredibly complicated – which means that you will need to hire a skilled attorney to protect your future.

The following drugs can invite a drug crimes charge in Florida:

  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Codeine
  • Heroine
  • Methamphetamines
  • Xanax
  • OxyContin
  • …and many others

Answering Your Drug Crimes FAQs

Can I Still Go to Jail for Marijuana Possession?

Although medical marijuana has been legal in Florida since 2016, possessing more than the prescribed amount – or obtaining it from a source other than a medical marijuana treatment center – may result in a drug conviction and jail time. This is because marijuana is still considered to be illegal for recreational use, and it is classified as a Schedule I drug under federal laws.

How Can I Avoid a Conviction for Prescription Drug Crimes?

Due to the ongoing opioid epidemic, lawmakers and prosecutors are eager to make an example out of those who possess, sell, and distribute prescription drugs and opiates. If you’ve been accused of a prescription drug crime, it’s imperative that you speak with a qualified attorney who understands the laws in this area and can employ strong defense strategies for your case.

Can I Appeal a Florida Drug Conviction?

As long as you have legal grounds to do so, you are entitled to appeal your drug conviction. If there was a lack of sufficient evidence during your trial, evidence of jury misconduct or bias, or errors made by the prosecution, you could have the grounds to pursue an appeal.

It’s important to act now when you’ve been accused of a drug crime. Call (904) 770-3141 to contact our team in St. Augustine.

The Benefits of Hiring Owenby Law, P.A.

  • Free Initial Consultations
  • Successfully Handled Thousands of Cases
  • Backed by Over 15 Years of Experience
  • Personalized, Results-Oriented Representation
  • A Team of Compassionate Advocates On Your Side
  • Flexible Payment Plans Available