Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer Dale Carson can Protect Your Rights Against Drug Charges
To get specific information about potential penalties for drug crime allegations involving street drugs or prescription drugs, please read these free articles from Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer Dale Carson
Some Things to Know About Drug Crimes and Associated Penalties
The articles linked to above contain sentencing and other information specific to certain charges, but anyone charged with a drug crime of any sort should be aware of the following:
Possession can equal trafficking
Just having certain amounts of drugs in your possession (on you personally, in your car, in your home, etc.) automatically results in a trafficking charge—police do not need to prove you were actually selling the drugs. See more about this in the Drug Trafficking and Conspiracy article.
Selling near a school boosts penalties
If police can prove you were selling or delivering drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, college, public park, public housing, daycare center or church, up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 can be added to your sentence—even for misdemeanor quantities of drugs.
Repeat convictions can increase sentences
If you have been convicted on drug crimes previously, your potential sentence is likely to be harsher the next time. Judges are often lenient with first-time offenders.
Federal charges yield more severe sentences
Federal minimum prison sentence for having 1,000 marijuana plants is 10 years—more than three times the state minimum sentence for the same number of plants. If you are being charged in a federal court, get a lawyer as fast as you can.
Conviction also results in driver license suspension
Trafficking convictions can also result in forfeiture of property
Beyond prison time and fines, convictions in serious drug crimes can also result in forfeiture of home, cars, money or any other property police believe is associated with alleged drug business.
Conspiracy adds to sentence
If you are charged with selling or distributing drugs on behalf of a gang or criminal organization—or that you conspired with others to sell or distribute drugs, the possible sentence is likely to be more severe.
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