Drug Offenses and Florida Statutes

Drug Offenses and Statutes in Florida

The Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, codified in Florida Statutes Chapter 893, governs all state drug charges in Florida. The Act defines all charges and penalties for drug offenses in Florida. Section 893.13 lists acts that are prohibited by the Act, including:

  • The sale, manufacture, delivery, possession with intent to sell any controlled substance can be a felony or misdemeanor offense. These charges are more commonly known as Possession with Intent to Sell or Drug Manufacturing.
  • The sale or delivery of any controlled substance in excess of 10 grams is a felony of the first degree. This charge is more frequently known as Drug Trafficking.
  • The purchase of, or attempt to purchase a controlled substance can be a felony or misdemeanor offense. These charges are frequently known as Possession of a Controlled Substance or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. This offense can also be charged as Drug Trafficking depending on the amount purchased or possessed.

See Florida Statutes Chapter 893.13 DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION AND CONTROL; Prohibited Acts and Penalties.

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The penalties for drug crimes increase exponentially based upon the quantity of drugs involved and the level of perceived dangerousness.

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