Busted for Drug Crimes in Tampa
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Hey, folks, Todd Ayers here. Today, I bring you a story all the way from sunny Florida. This story is about how serious drug crimes are and how they can change the course of your life.
My buddy—won’t be naming names here—was recently arrested for drug possession. He was shocked to discover that what he always thought were minor crimes (possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia) were taken very seriously in Tampa, Florida.
At first, he didn’t even think that he would need to hire a Tampa drug possession lawyer, but he eventually did, because he learned that if he were to be convicted of the crimes he was being charged with, he could be facing some serious prison time.
What Legal Penalties Look Like in Florida for Drug Crimes
My friend told me that he believed he was only looking at a fine and maybe some drug classes if he was ever caught with drugs. He found out that this belief was wildly incorrect. His assessment of the legal penalties and life-changing ramifications he was faced with were way off.
Here are a few examples of some of the legal penalties you could face if you are convicted of drug crimes in Tampa, Florida. (For a full list of penalties, click the link.)
- The sale, manufacture, or transfer of a controlled substance could be a second- or third-degree felony depending on the type of drug. Punishable by a prison term, up to fifteen years for a felony of the second degree and up to five years for a felony of the third degree.
- Possession of over ten grams of any Schedule I substance is a felony of the first degree. You can receive a minimum prison sentence of three years for a first-degree felony drug crime in Florida.
- Possession of marijuana under twenty grams is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punished by a prison term not over one year and a $1,000 fine. That’s right—you can go to prison for a marijuana conviction.
It Ended Well for My Buddy (in Case You Were Worried)
My friend went through a major scare. Luckily, he was able to avoid a conviction for the serious drug offenses he was charged with. You can’t expect to be as lucky as my friend—I certainly wasn’t.
The best way to avoid conviction is to continue to educate yourself on the laws and penalties that exist throughout this country. You never know when the information you learn on my website, Ayers Info, will help you avoid legal trouble. As always, thanks for stopping by!