Drug Possession

Criminal Defense Lawyers for Residents of Gainesville and Surrounding Communities

The dedicated drug crime attorneys at the Law Offices of Edwards & Jones represent people who have been charged with drug possession, as well as other crimes related to controlled substances. A conviction – even if it is for only a small amount of marijuana – may have a serious impact on your life, including burdening you with a criminal record that you may need to divulge to future employers. Our Gainesville drug possession attorneys draw on more than four decades of combined legal experience to advocate for defendants throughout North-Central Florida, including in Ocala and Bronson. We make ourselves available 24 hours a day seven days a week to handle our clients’ needs.

Fighting Charges of Drug Possession in Florida

The possession of illegal drugs is a crime under both Florida and federal laws. The state takes these offenses seriously, and the state legislature has enacted severe punishments for people caught with controlled substances. The possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana – a drug that has been decriminalized in several states and even in certain cities in Florida – still carries a sentence of up to a year in prison and as much as $1,000 in fines under state law. Also, a conviction for any type of drug possession charge has the collateral impact of a two-year drivers license suspension.

The penalties increase for a person who is caught with enough of a drug on hand that they are considered to possess the substance with the intent to distribute it. A person who possesses heroin with the intent to distribute it, for instance, may be charged with a second-degree felony. If this type of charge results in a conviction, a defendant may be sentenced to 15 years in jail and $10,000 in fines.

The possession of certain quantities of drugs may be charged as drug trafficking in some cases. This is a serious crime that carries minimum mandatory prison sentences under Florida law, depending on the type and quantity of the drugs involved.

If you are in the difficult situation of being charged with a drug offense, it may be reassuring to know that Florida law provides some defendants with alternatives to jail time. These usually include some combination of drug treatment, probation, and community service. Alternatives are a particularly plausible prospect for first-time offenders, who may be able to have their charges dropped if they complete a treatment program and satisfy other terms.

A person charged with drug possession may also have a number of legal defenses to raise. In some situations, a defendant may have reason to challenge the basis for the seizure of the prosecution’s evidence. For example, the police may have lacked the requisite reasonable suspicion or probable cause to search the defendant or the defendant’s property. When police take unconstitutional shortcuts to make arrests, the prosecution is not allowed to benefit from any evidence that they obtain as a result.

Protect Your Rights by Retaining a Drug Possession Attorney in the Gainesville Area

If you or a loved one has been charged with drug possession in North-Central Florida, you should not hesitate to contact the Gainesville drug possession lawyers at the Law Offices of Edwards & Jones. Our attorneys are committed to helping you protect your rights to the fullest extent of the law. We can assist defendants in communities such as Ocala, Bronson, Alachua, Archer, Starke, Green Cove Springs, Hawthorne, High Springs, Trenton, Williston, Palatka, Newberry, Macclenny, Lake City, Bushnell, Live Oak, and Lake Butler. Call us at 877-377-7801 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney.

Client Reviews
Mr.Jones went beyond needed services as a lawyer to help me with my very in depth case. Very helpful throughout the whole 6-7 month process. Not only did he get all my questions answered to the best of his abilities but also really showed compassion for my family & I during the case as well as after. 5 star lawyer, highly recommended. Thank you for all your hard work!
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I hired Mr. Jones to represent my son. We had never had to hire a lawyer and I was anxious. Mr. Jones took the time to explain what was happening and it helped lessen my concerns. Once we hired him he started work immediately and was able to get my son's case thrown out. We are very satisfied with his services. Robert H.
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I hired Christopher for situation I got myself in. He worked hard to get my case dropped. I definitely would recommend this attorney to anyone needing one. He puts his heart in his work. Roy M.
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I had the pleasure of having Mr. Edwards represent me in 2006. While I was charged with a crime, Mr Edwards insisted sternly that he was very confident he could successfully defend the charges against me. This man exudes confidence. It is my opinion that he is clearly one of the best lawyers in the city of Gainesville. You can't go wrong with Mr. Edwards!!! Everette Sr.
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We are from Lake City, Florida. As parents, we sought the help of Mr. Edwards in my daughter's behalf. As a young lady, she had acquired multiple felonies with the prospect of 10-15 years in prison facing her. Mr. Edwards heard our case, took it on with confidence, and got her sentence reduced to 10 years probation, and restitution. That was 8 years ago, and my daughter is married, has a son, and is doing great. She hasn't even had a traffic violation. Because Mr. Edwards believed in us and took a chance, we will be forever be in his debt. He is a great lawyer, with a very big heart. Colin
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