In Florida or any state for that matter, if you have been charged with a drug crime involving cocaine you might think that all is lost. Not quite. Of course, there is no denying that the possession of cocaine is a serious felony offense and it is vigorously prosecuted throughout Florida. But “Possession of Cocaine” is a highly defendable charge.
The most common legal defense includes lack of probable cause or lack of reasonable suspicion. Absence of or incident warrant, racial profiling, improper evidence handling, and any all-around bungling by the police can help you get off. In some cases, the prosecution might not be able to prove that you were actually in possession of the cocaine. Could have been a friend’s coke or perhaps someone planted it in your car.
While those are just a few examples of how your defense attorney may handle the case, the possession of cocaine carries hefty penalties. Florida laws are constantly being modified by the legislature. The punishment for a drug possession charge depends on the type of controlled substance, the type of charge, and the degree of the felony or misdemeanor. When it comes to cocaine, it’s a Third Degree Felony to possess any amount of it in Florida. If you are convicted of cocaine possession, you could land in prison for as long as up to five years.
Depending on your past criminal history and based on an agreement between your lawyer and the prosecutor, you could come away with only having to pay fines and have to enter a drug treatment center. That’s the good news. The bad news is Florida is one of the toughest states when it comes to drug crimes.