Drug charges can fall under many categories. Delivery, distribution, trafficking, sales. But what about drug possession for crack/cocaine? Did you know that if you travel with drugs across state lines, that it may lead to federal charges? If you are a first time offender, you might qualify for drug court. If you qualify, drug court can be a very good alternative to regular litigation. So that is some positive news. However, drug court is not too simple. If someone is charged with possession of crack/cocaine and enter drug court, they must attend mandatory classes, counseling, and undergo regular drug testing. Drug court can be a nice alternative to being prosecuted for possession of crack/cocaine since the case gets dismissed after the defendant has successfully completed the drug program.
Most defense attorneys will push for drug court, because it gives their clients the chance to successfully complete drug counseling and testing, leading up to a dismissed charges. A lawyer might believe their client has a great defense and not even bring up “drug court”. For a defendant to be convicted of possession of crack/cocaine, the prosecution has to prove that the defendant had the power and intent to control the substance, as well as the knowledge that the substance actually was crack/cocaine.
Florida law has extremely strict drug enforcement that comes with rather harsh penalties for users or suppliers of crack/cocaine. If you are a multiple offender you could be looking at an imprisonment that can last from five to fifteen years, and require a fine from $5,000 to $10,000.